The bathroom is a space where we get washed and ready on a daily basis, but did you know that the most used room in the home is a breeding ground for bacteria? The good news is that there are plenty of ways you can prevent bacteria from spreading, so make sure to avoid these six bathroom mistakes and follow our tips and advice for a squeaky clean bathroom.
Not washing your hands thoroughly
Washing your hands thoroughly is the most effective way to prevent the spread of infectious disease, but did you know that the majority of us are doing it wrong? It’s recommended that you spend 20 seconds scrubbing your hands, which may seem a long time, but it’s better than catching the flu.
Keeping toothbrushes too close to the toilet
Every time you flush the toilet, aerosolised particles can float as far as six feet away! As the basin and toilet are usually fitted side by side, this means your toothbrush will most likely get covered in these particles, so remember to put the seat down before flushing, and wash or replace your toothbrush on a regular basis. You could even keep toothbrushes hidden away in a bathroom cabinet just to be on the safe side!
Reusing towels too many times
It’s recommended to use a fresh towel at least once a week if you’re the only one using it, as bacteria thrives in damp, tightly woven wet towels. So, when you reuse your bath towel this bacteria can end up back on you, and if you have any kind of wound, you can infect yourself with whatever is on the towel.
Walking on the bathroom floor with bare feet
You probably think the toilet seat is the dirtiest place in your bathroom, but it’s actually the floor that harbours the most bacteria, approximately 2 million per square inch. So, if you’re going to walk barefoot in your bathroom make sure to clean the floor every week.
Using the same sponge to clean everything
To prevent cross-contamination use separate sponges to clean the shower, basin, toilet and mirror, and remember to wash or replace them regularly!
Using harsh cleaning chemicals
It’s surprising how many of the cleaning products you use to clean the bathroom can actually be harmful to your health. Instead, why not make your own eco-friendly cleaner by using fruit; a grapefruit cut in half with salt provides an effective way to clean the bath, and a lemon cut in half is great for making taps sparkle!
Keeping a loofah for too long
If you’ve got a natural loofah and had it for more than three or four weeks then bin it! As it’s likely that infection causing bacteria is growing on it, gross! Mesh shower puffs are an ideal replacement as they are more resistant to bacteria, but don’t keep one longer than two months.