16 Tips To Fix Bad Bathroom Behaviour
Germs and bacteria are everywhere, especially in the bathroom, so here’s some handy tips for you to stay safe when you enter that bathroom nightmare of yours.
1. Don’t use the same toothbrush after sickness.
Germs will stay on your toothbrush long after they’ve caused sickness and if you don’t properly deep clean your toothbrush (letting it soak for ten minutes in hydrogen peroxide) or buy a new one, this can lead to re-infection.
2. Using the same glass for your toiletries.
Do not overcrowd your toiletry holders. This overcrowding leads to toothbrushes touching, which transmits germs from one housemate to the other. Use more than one cup and sanitize that cup regularly because the cup can also become a bacterial breeding ground.
3. The soap dish.
Like the toiletry holder above, a soap tray can be a breeding ground for bacteria, so sterilize it often.
4. Mold on the shower curtain.
This can actually be dangerous to a persons health. Mold spores can irritate people with allergies and asthma and are responsible for infections. Replace your shower curtain regularly or scrub with bleach if it’s not too far gone.
5. The communal hand towel.
If we lived in a perfect world, everyone would use a hand towel for their hands but often people use it to wipe their faces or even mouths. Get your own hand towel so that you can be sure that it’s clean.
6. Leaving razors in the shower.
Doing this causes the razor to rust and it will eventually become contaminated. Spray with alcohol between uses to kill bacteria.
7. Do not use razors past their expiration date.
Ultimately the best solution is to replace a razor after every three to five uses.
8. Replace your loofah after three months.
These things soak up germs and bacteria like a sponge and can be a cause of body acne. Rinse with hot water after every use and allow it to dry outside the shower.
9. Clean the toilet bowl and surrounding areas regularly.
It’s not peeing on the seat that’s the problem, it’s flushing. Flushing causes water to splash up to six feet from the toilet after every use, which means that your surrounding surfaces such as walls and the sink can be covered by germs and fecal matter. In low doses this is not an issue but if it’s left to build up this could result in disease.
10. Forgetting to clean the door and light switch.
These are some of the worst surfaces in the bathroom because people use them so often and forget to clean them.
11. Using washcloths that were left in the shower.
They take a long time to dry out and are a breeding ground for germs when they are wet. Never use the same towel on your face and body as you could transmit fecal matter from your body to your mouth.
12. Bathing in a dirty bathtub.
If you don’t clean the bath regularly, you might end up sitting in another person’s bacteria. Use bleach to clean your bath weekly.
13. Going a month without scrubbing the bathroom floor.
You can transport the germs and bacteria from your shower floor to the bathroom floor which will also contain nastys from your toilet. Since the bathroom floor gets wet often, it’s a great harvester of bacteria so clean your bathroom and shower floors once a week to ensure it remains sterile.
14. Lacking proper ventilation during a shower.
Steam can house bacteria which will be transported up the walls during a shower. Keep a window or door open during shower time and this will dramatically reduce the spread of spores.
15. Using the same bath mat.
Buy a bath mat that can be easily washed, then wash it weekly to remove the bacterial build up.
16. Don’t put anything on the bathroom counter that you intend to use on your face, mouth or hair.
The sink houses contamination like everything else in the bathroom, so if you’re not going to sanitize it, don’t put your gear there.