The Dangerous Bathroom Habit Experts Warn Against - How To Protect Yourself
Michelle Shreeve 1/4/2017
When we think of what the dirtiest place in our house is, we usually think it is our bathroom. Surprisingly, the bathroom isn't ALWAYS the dirtiest place in the house. What makes it so dirty however, is what people do in the bathroom...
When we clean our bathrooms, we can sleep better at night knowing that we are safeguarding our family from getting sick, spreading germs, or bacteria throughout the rest of the house. We clean our bathrooms once or twice a week, which ensures we are eliminating bacteria and germs to the best of our ability. Yet, what if there are hidden factors that are keeping your bathroom a cesspool - all without your knowledge?
Here is a list of the most disgusting bathroom habits your family could be doing, that are not healthy by any means:
Bathtub - You have had a stressful week, and you can't wait to start a bubble bath when you get home. However, you haven't cleaned your bathtub in more than a month. Imagine all of the dirt, bacteria, warts on your husband's feet, or even grease that has touched that tub in the past month. That is what you are about to bathe in. Suddenly your nice warm bubble bath, is looking more like taking a soak in a swamp. Instead of taking a bacteria swim, clean your tub weekly.
Doorknobs - You probably remember wiping down the doorknobs in your bathrooms once a week when you clean the rest of your bathroom. Yet, you might want to start cleaning them more often than that. Imagine when someone opens the door to the bathroom. Their hands typically aren't clean and so they bring whatever bacteria they already have on them to the doorknob.
Then, think about people who don't always wash their hands after they use the bathroom. Now, their post-bathroom bacteria is back on the doorknob, waiting for the next person to touch it. It might be a good idea to sanitize doorknobs daily or even weekly.
Floor - By the time you need to clean your bathroom floor, you are probably exhausted and ready to be done cleaning for the day. How many times have you cleaned your bathroom, but skipped doing the floor out of laziness? Think about how many times your family members have gone to the bathroom with their bare feet, when the kids dragged dirt and mud from the backyard into the bathroom, and when your pet wandered in-and-out.
Germs are everywhere, and if you don't clean your floors, they become a breeding ground for bacteria to grow and flourish. Make sure you clean and sanitize your bathroom floor weekly to prevent further germs from spreading.
Loofahs - Make sure you aren't putting your family at risk with this dangerous (but often overlooked) bathroom mistake. Loofahs may make washing your body more convenient, as they can help get you lathered up with soap, but they are also breeding grounds for bacteria and germs to grow.
Once you wash yourself, it is best to rinse out the loofah. If you don't, or don't do it well, then the bacteria sits there, grows, accumulates, and adds when you go to use it again. You also should throw out your loofah every three months to be safe. Or just don't use one at all.
Razors - It makes sense to leave razors in the shower so they are always ready to use, however doing so can cause bacteria to grow on the razor. Not to mention, the moisture from the shower will cause the razor to rust, thus making you have to spend more money by getting a new one. When the bacteria grows on the razor, you are then reusing the contaminated razor on your skin. Instead, hang up your razor, or take it out of the shower after each use.
Shower Curtain - Shower curtains can really brighten up your bathroom, especially when the theme matches your style of bathroom décor. However, do you ever clean the curtain? Although it may sound strange, you should be regularly washing your shower curtain, as the dirt that accumulates on it can eventually lead to mold growth. Just because you can't see any mold growing on your curtain, doesn't mean that it microscopically isn't there. Your best bet, is to clean your curtain regularly as a precaution.
Soap Dish - Your soap dish may look aesthetically pleasing for all of your house guests, but what you don't realize, is you actually just made a place for germs to keep swimming in. Think about the soap bar when you place it in the dish. One side will always stay wet, while the other side will always stay dry. When the soap stays moist and is always wet, you are allowing bacteria to grow. If you are going to go the soap dish route, at least make sure it has holes in it, or just use liquid soap instead.
Toilet Bowl - You would think the toilet seat that everyone sits on is the worst part about the toilet, but not quite. Each time you flush the toilet, the bowl water splashes on the seat and the outer lid. If you don't clean your toilet bowl regularly, mold, mildew, and bacteria accumulate on it, and when you flush, that bacteria splashes on the seat and other parts of the toilet. Then when the next person goes to use the toilet, they are likely sitting on bacteria infested toilet bowl water. The best thing to do is to regularly sanitize every part of the toilet at least once a week.
Toothbrush - Surely we are all guilty of this one... You brush your teeth morning and night, and then cold season comes around the corner. Well, even when you are sick, you still need to brush your teeth. Once you are done being sick, do you deep clean your toothbrush, or keep using it like normal? The bacteria within your body when you are sick can remain on your toothbrush afterwards. If you don't deep clean (or replace) your toothbrush after you have been sick, you are jut recycling those germs.
Towels - Everyone uses a towel after they wash their hands in order to dry them. Yet, imagine when you have multiple people drying their previously washed hands on the same towel. Their hands were wet, and although the towel dries them, it adds moisture to the towel. Moisture means mold and bacteria can potentially grow on the towel.
After each use, sure you are drying your hands, but you could also be spreading more bacteria from one person to the next. It is better to either assign individual towels to each person (color code them), or to at least make sure you are washing towels weekly.
These disgusting and unhealthy bathroom habits don't have to make their presence known in your house. By being aware of these now, you can avoid making these mistakes in the future.
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Regularly cleaning your bathroom can help keep your family healthy throughout the year. The cleaner you keep your house, the healthier you can ensure you and your family will be.