Our bathrooms are one of the most important rooms in our homes when it comes to hygiene. It is also one of the most often overlooked parts when it comes to cleaning. While bathrooms aren’t as germ-ridden as kitchens, they still harbor their share of disease-causing bacteria lurking everywhere, from the sink faucet to the towels.
But by changing some habits, you can make your bathroom as sterile as an operating room. In this way, you contribute to a large extent to keeping your family healthy and preventing the spread of disease.
Here are some tips to stop bacteria in the bathroom:
Start by cleaning up.
Get rid of unnecessary things that you don’t use regularly. This will not only make cleaning easier, but will also help reduce the risk of mess-related accidents.
Use color codes for towels.
This way, everyone has their own color and family members don’t swap towels and bugs. If people bury their face in towels, they are doing more than drying themselves, they are depositing bacteria. If you don’t want to color code, use a waterproof magic marker on the white towels so each family member knows which one is theirs.
Do not share toothbrushes.
Make sure everyone has their own toothbrush by color coding it. Also, do not let your toothbrush come into contact with other toothbrushes stored in the same holder. Bacteria can be transmitted in this way. A good rule to follow is to keep them at least a centimeter apart.
Replace your toothbrush regularly after suffering from an illness such as a cold or flu. for the simple reason that bacteria may remain present even after recovery. Here’s why! When you brush your teeth, you remove plaque and particles. So toothbrushes can become contaminated with bacteria, blood, saliva and oral waste. This contamination can be transferred to you.
Wipe off heavily affected surfaces.
Use disinfectant sprays or wipes on faucets, toilets, cabinet handles, doorknobs, shower handles, and any other surface you touch with your hands. These sprays or wipes kill bacteria on contact.
The rhinovirus that causes the common cold can survive for up to three hours. So cleaning surfaces with a disinfectant can help stop infections, according to the National Institutes of Health. Don’t forget the toilet brush handle and plunger handle. These are high-impact areas that we don’t think about, let alone clean up.
Focus on the surfaces.
Use a disinfectant cleaner to wipe down all surfaces, including toilets, sinks, counters, showers and bathtubs. Pay particular attention to areas exposed to moisture, such as around the toilet or in the shower.
Choose functional tissue.
The latest drug trend is virucidal drugs. These paper tissues prevent the spread of viruses in the house because they kill them when you blow your nose, which avoids leaving them lying around.
Wash your hands after defecating.
It may be second nature now, but you should always wash your hands after using the bathroom. You should also wash your hands after coming into contact with blood or body fluids, including vomit, nasal secretions and saliva. And remember: Wash your hands after cleaning any part of the bathroom.
Let the water run.
If you haven’t used your shower in a while, run the hot water on full blast for a minute or two to kill bacteria before showering.
Clean tubs and counters.
These items should be cleaned to help reduce the spread of viruses and bacteria. Here’s what can happen if you don’t: Bacteria can line the walls (of the tub) and you can easily touch the surface and then your mouth.
Don’t forget the flooring.
Be sure to regularly sweep and wash your bathroom floor. If you have tiles or vinyl floors, you can also consider using a steam cleaner for an extra deep clean.
With these effective and simple measures, you will be able to remove all types of bacteria and make your living space clean in the truest sense of the word.
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