Ways Your Bathroom Could Be Making You Sick
Keeping on top of the bathroom should be the primary cleaning priority of anyone trying to maintain a tidy, sanitary home. But even in a spotless bathroom, these easy-to-overlook problem areas could be making you sick.
Your Toothbrush Can Extend Your Cold
Did you know that if you don’t throw your toothbrush out (or disinfect it) after you’ve been sick, the virus or bacteria can live in the bristles for weeks and make you even more sick? Boil, soak or sanitize your brush once a week.
Your Razor Can Give You Ingrown Hairs
Razors that stay wet in the shower are the perfect breeding ground for bacteria that can lead to ingrown hairs or even staph infections.
You’re Sharing Germs With Your Boo
You’ve been dreaming about side-by-side toothbrushes since the fifth date. But keeping your toothbrushes too close (to the point that they’re touching or almost touching) is a good way to spread colds, infections, and bacteria.
You’re better off keeping the brushes in separate cups, so they have room to breathe.
…And Your Toilet
Uncovered toothbrushes in the bathroom easily pick up fecal bacteria after you flush if the brushes are stored close to the toilet. Try a toothbrush cover or a sanitizer to keep the germs at bay.
Your Loofah Might Be Giving You Bacne
Bacne isn’t really an illness, but it can be avoided by switching out your loofah at least once every two months. Otherwise, not only can a loofah cause irritation that can worsen acne, but it can build up enough bacteria to also give you a serious breakout.
Don’t Use Your Washcloth On Your Body And Face
Damp washcloths make it easy to transmit fecal germs to your mouth, which can give you a seriously upset stomach. It’s better to have a different one for each and switch out your washcloths once a week.
Your Makeup Brushes Easily Pick Up Bacteria
Laying them on the sink and then putting them on your face is a great way to pick up something. And not thoroughly washing your brushes can cause you to pass on germs and oils.
Look In The Bottom of Your Toothbrush Cup
That murky water in the bottom of your cup is a perfect breeding ground for mold and mildew that can make your allergies flare up. Wash this easily-overlooked area with hydrogen peroxide at least once a month.
Don’t Let The Caulk Come Up
Loose, moldy caulk is a real problem. If you’ve had symptoms of asthma or allergies you can’t seem to shake, it might be time to replace the caulk to stop mold that may be growing underneath and behind the walls.
The Soap Dish Isn’t Self-Cleaning
You probably thought that soap took care of itself. But the slimy water in the soap dish actually grows germs, which is super gross if you’re sharing a bar.
To avoid sharing more than you wanted with your loved one(s), switch to liquid soap or choose a soap dish that drains very well.
Those Gray Spots On Your Shower Curtain Could Be Causing Trouble
Want to hear something really gross? Most mold is microscopic. So by the time you see it on your shower curtain or liner, those many spores could explain anything from recurring rashes to asthma and allergies. Be sure to clean regularly with bleach or a mold-battling cleaning spray. Or, feel free to replace your shower liner at the first sight of that stuff.
You’re Cleaning Too Hard
If the products you use burn your nose or make you feel lightheaded, irritate your skin or even provoke an asthma attack, switch to cleaners that don’t use ammonia or chlorine. You can battle bathroom germs without hurting yourself.
Faucets Need Disinfecting
Most household germs are passed between frequently touched areas like faucets, doorknobs, and light switches. Be sure to wipe them often with disinfecting wipes, especially when anyone in the house is sick.
Towels Shouldn’t Be On The Same Bar
Touching towels are a great way to spread staph and other infections that live on the skin. It’s better for towels to hang on separate hooks where they’ll stay cleaner (and dry faster).