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By Amanda Pressner for 


Sure, we all want a germ-free home. But when we’re short on time (and really, when aren’t we?), too often we rush the job, leaving icky germs behind, or misuse cleaners, causing everything from skin irritation to dangerous respiratory reactions.

Fortunately, you can correct the most common mistakes and limit your exposure to toxins, leaving your home with a healthy sparkle.

Keep reading for  five familiar slip-ups, and how the experts say to fix them…

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