“Keeping a bathroom spotlessly clean 24/7 is just not possible, but there are habits we can get into to help minimise germs and stop them from spreading,” says Sarah Webb, brand manager for Chemico.
Some of our own bad bathroom habits contribute to how unhygienic our bathrooms are, but if we learn to curb these habits, and teach our family members to do the same, it could limit germs and potential illnesses.
Leave the shower curtain closed after a shower
Soap suds collect on the curtains and the extra-moisture in the air contributes to the build-up of mildew on the curtain. After you shower, take a few minutes to rinse off all the soap, dry it as best you can, and leave it open to help circulate the air and dry the curtain faster.
Leaving the toilet lid down when you flush
Think of it this way – if you don’t close the toilet lid when you flush, germs spray across the bathroom. This, undoubtedly, can spread germs which remain in the air, and then settle in a dirty film around the bathroom.
Leaving magazines or books in the bathroom
Many people are bathroom readers, but the moisture in the air can cause mould and mildew to grow between the pages, which isn’t good for your health. Take the reading material with you when you leave (it will be one less thing left lying around).
Not opening the bathroom windows
As we are in the bathroom for short bursts of time, we don’t consider ventilation. However, it’s the one room in the house where the windows should be opened to prevent mould from growing due to the extra moisture in the air.
Cluttering up the shelves and around the sink
It’s easy to cause a great deal of clutter in the bathroom – whether its toothpaste, make-up, hairbrushes or hair products. This creates an unnecessary eye-sore and a prime germ attraction. Make-up brushes or anything else used on your face should be kept elsewhere due to the potential of germ and mould build-up. Toothbrushes should also be kept in a bathroom cupboard.
Xanet is an award-winning journalist and Living and Loving’s digital editor. She has won numerous awards for her health and wellness articles and was a finalist for the Discovery Journalist of the Year in 2009 and again in 2011 for the Discovery Best Health Consumer Reporting and Feature Writing category. She is responsible for our online presence across social media channels and makes sure our moms have fresh and interesting articles to read every day.