The Dirtiest Places in Your Bathroom

Your bathroom is a bit of a contradiction.

On one hand, it’s where you go to get clean and feel refreshed. On the other hand, there are some grimy areas hiding some nasty germs.

Courtesy of Bath Planet of Toronto, here are the dirtiest places in your bathroom and how to clean them.

The toilet

Let’s start with the obvious one. Your toilet houses a wide variety of germs, such as:

  • Staphylococcus.
  • Norovirus.
  • E. coli.
  • Siigella.
  • Streptococcus.

While many people (rightly) think of the toilet seat as the source of harmful bacteria, the toilet bowl also features some funky germs.

And each time you flush the toilet, the swirling water can send any germs airborne.

Suddenly, what was inside the toilet bowl is now on the bath walls, countertops, tooth brush holders, and shower liners.

What should you do?

  • After using the toilet, grab a disinfecting wipe and clean the toilet seat.
  • Close the lid before flushing; that prevents germs from leaving the bowl as the water drains and fills.

The bathtub/shower

Love to take long baths? Prefer to jump in and out of the shower quickly?

However you get clean, any bacteria or grime you rinse off your body ends up sticking to bath liners or shower wall surrounds.

(Side note: At Bath Planet Toronto, we use easy-to-clean acrylic that’s mold and mildew resistant in our products).

And even though you’re clean, your bathtub or shower is anything but.

What should you do?

  • A quick rinse or wipe isn’t enough; a thorough scrubbing is needed to remove any tough dirt.
  • Use an eco-friendly bathroom cleaner that disinfects and cuts through soap scum too.

The toothbrush holder

Your toothbrush holder – and by extension, your toothbrush – is full of yucky germs.

Here’s why:

  • Any germs on your toothbrush inevitably end up on the holder itself.
  • Most toothbrush holders are kept on the bathroom sink or counter, which is another source of bacteria.

In fact, your toothbrush holder can harbour things like:

  • Coliform.
  • Staphylococcus.
  • Mold and yeast bacteria.
  • Fecal matter (remember, things from your toilet can end up in the air during flushing).

It’s not a pleasant thought: Something that’s do vital to everyday hygiene and health can also be so…dirty.

What should you do?

  • Put the toothbrush holder in the dishwasher once a week (if it’s dishwasher safe).
  • Not dishwasher safe? Clean it completely using hot water and soap.
  • In between washes, wipe it down with an anti-bacterial wipe.

The bathroom sink

Think about everything your bathroom sink is subjected to:

  • Handwashing.
  • Face washing.
  • Tooth brushing.
  • Rinsing.

It’s no wonder the sink is full of nasty grime and bacteria.

But it’s not just the sink. Hardware like faucets, taps, medicine cabinets, and any nearby doors and rods can also be quite dirty.

What should you do (for the sink)?

  • Scrub your sink with a disinfecting solution.
  • Anything that falls in the sink (like a toothbrush) should be immediately and fully washed.

What should you do (for the taps and faucets)?

  • Cover your hand in a wipe or paper towel before turning on and off the faucets.
  • Use wipes whenever possible to clean faucets and handles, top-to-bottom.

The towel and bathmat

Remember how earlier in this blog, it was mentioned that dirt from your body can end up on or in your bathtub or shower?

Well, if it doesn’t end up there, dirt can wind up on towels and bathmats as we dry ourselves off.

Not only that, but they can also accumulate things like:

  • Dead skin cells.
  • Bodily oils.

And since bathmats and towels are thick by design, they take a long time to dry, which gives bacteria more time to grow.

What should you do?

  • Wash towels after three uses to kill bacteria and keep them fresh and clean.
  • Wash bathmats along with your towels.
  • Have a rubber bathmat? See if it can go in the dishwasher. If not, wash it with a water/vinegar mixture.

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