Every bathroom is home to germs. They thrive in the conditions a damp, warm room presents. The invisible invaders are easy to target in conventional ways, but bleaching your toilet once a week isn’t enough! From your shower curtain to your toothbrush, germ hotspots pulse throughout your bathroom. Cleaning effectively is important to staying healthy and avoiding a range illness. Common bathroom germs can cause diarrhea and a whole host of other nasty symptoms. With this in mind we’ve put together some of the germs favourite homes and how to send them packing:
The first point of call is touch points. These are locations in your bathroom that people commonly touch, creating a space where the build up can become dangerous. Door handles, flushes and taps are all examples of touch points. They are best tackled with a disinfectant spray or wipe. Allow the formula to sit for a couple of minutes before wiping clean in order to allow the chemical to work.
Next up is your whole shower area, where the heat combined with the regular supply of water allow germs to breed. Opening your shower curtain while you aren’t using it prevents some of this build up as there are less confined spaces. Follow the instructions on how to wash it regularly to avoid mould building up. Pay attention to the showerhead and allow it to run for 20 seconds before getting in. This, alongside monthly cleaning with water and disinfectant, should keep it clean. Finally beware of sponges that have been sitting for too long. The retained moisture provides a breeding ground for bacteria. Microwaving the sponge for a minute every couple of days will heat it enough to kill them off.
Researchers at the University of Manchester have shown that up to 10 million bacteria, viruses and fungi can live on an uncovered toothbrush. It can be victim to toilet spray (yuck!) or excessive water and can hold bugs that can make you seriously ill like E. Coli. Drying your toothbrush thoroughly after use will kill a lot of the germs. A toothbrush should be replaced regularly and not stored with other family members toiletries as these could pass on the germs. This is especially the case is someone is ill, many bugs and virus’ can be spread throughout the house like this. Keep your toothbrush in a cupboard or on your bedside table so you know it’s fine to stick in your mouth!
You’ll never kill all the germs in any room of your house, but understanding how they grow and the best methods of containing them will help you stay healthy. Disinfectant wipes, sprays and a bottle of bleach will keep your bathroom spick and span. Regular preventative steps help maintain a healthy bathroom that won’t leave you feeling dirtier than when you went in! You’re ready to nuke the germs!