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How to Clean Everything Better

From your fingernails down to your hardwood floors, here are the healthiest, gentlest ways to give dirt and grime the one-two punch.

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Whenever you touch your mug, you transfer all the germs you’ve encountered in your day to it, says Miami-based dermatologist Heather Woolery-Lloyd, MD. But that doesn’t mean you should attack your skin with maximum cleaning firepower: Excess washing and scrubbing causes irritation and redness, which, if extreme, can break down your skin’s natural barriers, making it easier for germs to get in, Dr. Woolery-Lloyd says.

Cleanse once daily, unless your skin is especially oily, and skip the washcloth. Instead, apply the cleanser in a circular motion with your fingertips, then rinse with warm, not hot, water.

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