I'll be the first one to admit that I'm a bit of a neat-freak.
Of course I insist my family members wash their hands before dinner. But it goes a little further than that.
I don't just clean to keep my family happy and healthy (although that's a big part of it). In fact, I find it genuinely relaxing to grab a tube of disinfectant wipes and scrub down my kitchen.
So imagine my surprise when I heard that a germ expert calls those handy cleaning wipes "a waste of money."
"I don't waste my time"
It's easy to see why those wipes are so popular: they're good at cleaning almost any surface, and they promise to kill the germs that make you sick.
But are they actually keeping that promise? Dr. Clare Lanyon says no, they aren't.
The biomedical science expert told The Telegraph that you should keep these wipes off your grocery list.
She explains that germs can reproduce in just minutes, and unless you clean every single one, they'll just keep multiplying.
That means just minutes after you finish cleaning, those nasty germs are already multiplying on your kitchen counter.
So what should you buy instead? Surprisingly, the good doctor has a very old-fashioned suggestion.