The Toilet Is Not The Dirtiest Surface In Your Bathroom
Whenever you go to a public bathroom, you are careful not to touch the toilet seat because of all the germs on it, right? Well, you should pay attention to other surfaces, as well, because the toilet is NOT the germiest place in a bathroom.
1. The floor.
This is not only the largest surface in your bathroom but the germiest, too. Even if it's often overlooked, the bathroom floor is filled with fecal bacteria, dirt carried from outside, hair, and beauty product residue. A study from 2014 revealed that that 15% of the germs on the bathroom floor is fecal bacteria. Use a disinfectant or a steamer to sanitize your bathroom floor at least once a week.
2. The toothbrush holder.
The toothbrush holder collects a lot of dirt and bacteria and as the water dries, it pools and it molds. All these germs than transfer to your hands and mouth as you brush your teeth, so it's important to clean this surface as often as possible.
3. The bathroom light switch.
When you enter the bathroom, you carry germs on your hand, which are transferred to the switch when you turn on the light. Even if you wash your hands after using the toilet, when you'll turn off the light on your way out, you'll take all the germs back. You can't really control this when it comes to public toilets, but you can sanitize the light switches in your home.
4. The door handle.
Very much like the light switch, this is another surface everyone touches before washing their hands. You touch the door handle bot on your way in and out and accumulate all the germs and bacteria on it.
5. The toilet.
Obviously, the toilet is also full of germs and bacteria. It's important to sanitize it as often as possible and put the lid down whenever you flush, to prevent the germs from spreading on the seat and the bathroom floor.
6. The bath mat.
The bath mat collects all the dirt from the floor, the bacteria sprayed from flushing the toilet and the water which eventually attracts mold. Make sure you wash the bath mat as often as possible and let it dry along with your towels after you shower.
7. The shower head.
This is another good spot for mold and soap scum which is often ignored. The bacteria on the shower head spreads everywhere, including on your body, every time you turn it on, so make sure you sanitize it at least once a week.
8. The faucet.
Sanitizing the faucet once a week is not enough since your dirty hands touch it several times a day. You usually wash your hands after using the toilet, so you pass the germs onto the faucet, the get them all back when you turn the water off.
9. The sink stopper.
Due to the water pooling and the germs that come off your dirty hands, the sink stopper is another hot spot for bacteria. Make sure you sanitize it as often as possible, at least once a week.
10. The soap pump.
This is another thing you touch with your dirty hands, so it's also clearly full of germs. Even though you usually wash your hands after touching it, make sure you clean it every week to get the bacteria off.