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Reduce Bacteria in the Bathroom

Updated on March 17, 2017

You may do unheard of things to your toilet, but then again we all treat our toilet poorly from time to time. But your toilet isn't necessarily the dirtiest place in the bathroom.

But keep in mind that dirt and bacteria don't always to hand in hand. There are plenty of places in your bathroom that most likely has more bacteria than you would 1) realize and 2) like.

You can probably guess where bacteria likes to thrive - wet and dark places. And, you probably already know that you should flush the toilet with the lid closed and replace your toothbrush or wash rag regular.

But, where does the bacteria live in your bathroom? And how can you get rid of it?

Bacteria in the Bathroom

  • Toothbrush

We've already hinted at it, but let's talk a little more... Your toothbrush can be a great place to harbor bacteria. You brush your teeth with your toothbrush, so any bacteria from your mouth can get trapped inside the bristles even after rinsing. If you use a cover or cap, you're trapping in the moisture, creating a breeding ground for bacteria, but if you let it air dry, you're risking bacteria from the air falling onto your toothbrush.

The best thing to do is to keep your toothbrush as far from the toilet as you can and replace it every three to four months.

  • Bar Soap

If you shower with bar soap, you're probably putting the soap back onto a soap tray... That tray may hold water. The water breeds bacteria. So, where you may think you're cleaning yourself because it's soap right? You could actually be covering yourself with the bacteria from the soap.

  • Wash Rag, Loofa or Poof Shower Sponge

If your wash rag or loofa sits in your shower after you use it, you're leaving it in a dark wet place... Another bacteria breeding ground. You want your wash rag or shower sponge to dry in-between uses.

  • Razor

If you're like me and many people, you don't think anything of leaving your razor in the shower... Well, the blades can rust and the lubricating strip on the razor head can grow bacteria and mold. So take it out of the shower when you're not using it.

  • Shower Head

Many people scrub the tub or shower, but they don't necessarily think about the shower head. Bacteria, mold or fungi can grow on the shower head and when you turn the water on, those spores can get into your eyes, ears, nose, mouth and any wounds can can cause a slew of illnesses that you don't want to deal with. So make sure to clean your shower head, scrub the holes to remove the clogging, run with HOT water before you use it and dry it off.

Common Places to Find Bacteria in the Bathroom

Ok... So the most common places to find bacteria in the bathroom are pretty simple.

  1. Toilet handle
  2. Sink handles
  3. Sink drain
  4. Door knob

But, what about your floor? The bathroom floor takes a beating, to say the least. Your skin cells, hair, toilet spray particles and bacteria from your shoes all fall on the floor. You want to wipe your bathroom floor at least once a week. Try using a steamer. The high heat will sanitize the floor.

Common Bacteria You'll Find in the Bathroon

  • Staphylococci

Staphylococci infections are the single most common types of infections within hospitals from surgical or wound infections. Staphylococci can also infect women who use tampons, causing Toxic Shock Syndrome.

  • Streptococci

The most common types of infection from Streptococci are sore throat.

  • E-coli

E-coli is also one of the major causes of diarrhea worldwide.

Salmonella:

Gastroenteritis is a common type of Salmonella infection that comes from contaminated food.

Campylobactor:

Along with E-coli, campylobactor is rated one of the most common causes of diarrhea worldwide.

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    • Express10 profile image

      H C Palting 6 months ago from East Coast

      You have provided very good information that many simply don't think about to keep themselves healthy.

    • Ashish Dadgaa profile image

      Ashish Dadgaa 6 months ago

      @Whitney,

      Very nicely written hub.

      Thank you for sharing this secret to reduce Bacteria in the Bathroom.