Green bathroom with toilet and sink



Did the title get your attention?  All 4 mistakes that I’m about to mention can potentially cause germs and bacteria to flourish in your bathroom but the good news is, they are hard to fix.  Read on to see if you are guilty of one or all of the biggest bathroom mistakes and find out the best way to solve them.

  1. Keeping tooth brushes on the sink counter – I have left my tooth brush in a container on the counter (co-mingling with other brushes) for years. But not anymore. What’s the big deal???  There are two problems with this.  The first has to do with what is coming into contact with the brushes.  Researchers have found that when you flush your toilet and the lid is up, tiny contaminated water droplets can travel and land on items around the bathroom.  This includes your tooth brush if you leave it on the counter.  So, shut your toilet lid each time you flush (it’s there for a reason) and try storing your tooth brush upright in an area that keeps it dry and covered.  The second problem is putting your family’s’ brushes all together.  Even though we brush, our mouths play host to lots of different bacteria.  When the brushes are stored so close together, they run the risk of passing germs back and forth.  So keep the brushes separate.
  2. Keeping bar soap in an undrainable container – If you use bar soap, then you really want to make sure that the dish you store the soap in has some sort of drainable bottom to allow the soap to dry out in-between uses. When the bottom of the soap stays wet, it becomes a perfect breeding ground for bacteria.  Raise that soap up and allow it to drain!
  3. Spraying disinfectant in the shower or tub and not allowing it to work – Most people aren’t aware that disinfectants don’t immediately kill of bacteria. They need to sit on a surface for 5-10 minutes before they get wiped or sprayed off.  Your shower may look clean but it’s what you can’t see that you need to be mindful of.  Next time you are cleaning, start with the shower and then move on to something else to give the disinfectant time to work.
  4. Using loofahs or sponges far too long – It’s recommended that you replace your loofahs, bath poofs and sponges every 3 weeks as well as hanging it up to dry in-between uses (sound familiar? Wet = possible bacteria growth).  A great way to remember is to just replace the loofah or sponge every time you buy some other item that you replace every three weeks.  This can get super spendy though so using a wash clothes is a much more cost effective habit and you also can wash the cloth after every use!