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Tips for Keeping Bathroom Germs at Bay

Keeping the bathroom clean should be a top priority for everyone. Most people have particular habits and routines they follow when using the bathroom, as well as when they clean it. However, their routines could be creating more bacteria and germs in the bathroom than what they realize.

Remember these useful tips and suggestions the next time you are using the bathroom or getting ready to clean the toilet, tub, and shower stalls.

Keeping Bathroom Germs

Never store toothbrushes in drawers, medicine cabinets, covered, or in a container. The bristles on the toothbrush cannot fully dry and therefore create an environment where mold, mildew, and bacteria can develop. Rather, store toothbrushes in an upright position next to the sink.

Always flush the toilet with the lid closed. This can be a hard habit for people to learn, but think about it this way: When you flush the toilet, bacteria, germs, and fecal matter are spread throughout the room from small water particles that spray everywhere and get onto everything, including towels and toothbrushes.

Replace towels, facecloths, and bath scrunchies on a regular basis. Mold, mildew, and bacteria can start to form when these items are overused. You should replace these items about every three or four days with clean ones. You can toss bath scrunchies in your washer along with towels and facecloths, and wash on hot water to kill any germs and bacteria.

Run the fan while you shower. One of the biggest contributors of bacteria, mold, and mildew is moisture, especially steam from the shower.

Man cleaning dirty tile floor with scrub brush

Close the shower curtain or shower enclosure doors in between showers. Leaving the curtain pushed to one side, or the doors open, retains moisture and leads to mold, mildew, and bacteria.

Disinfect devices with antibacterial wipes. Those who like to use their tablet or cell phone while using the bathroom, should know that germs and bacteria can get on these devices, especially if you flush the toilet with the lid open.

Clean the bathroom, tub, shower, toilet, and sinks on a regular basis. Remember to mop the floor and clean along the edges of the room, especially under cabinets and around the toilet. Do not neglect the toilet seat, rim, handle, and lid when you clean the bowl.

Wipe down surfaces, in between cleanings, using vinegar and water. Vinegar is a natural disinfectant and is great to help prevent mold, mildew, germs, and bacteria. Make a 50/50 mixture and keep it in a spray bottle in the bathroom. You can even spray it directly onto shower walls, doors, and curtains, and the tub after taking a shower or bath, as well as into the toilet bowl, rim, lid, and seat after flushing, and let it air dry.

Disinfect and clean the walls every few weeks. The walls can retain bacteria and germs, as well as mildew and mold. For difficult mold and mildew, treat it with undiluted hydrogen peroxide and allow it to soak for about 20 minutes before wiping off.

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