The bathroom is one of the most used areas of the house but also undoubtedly can be the most germ-infested too. This is especially true if you fail to deep clean the area at least every week or so. That can’t be good, especially if you tend to overlook little things that bacteria love to thrive on. Get to know these common hygiene mistakes and practice avoiding them in the future to ensure cleanliness and prevent getting sick along the way too.
Know How To Brush And Floss Properly
As shocking as it may seem, not many people actually do both of these correctly. Your teeth require longer time to clean just like your hands. Remember that dentist recommends brushing twice a day for 2 minutes at a time. Aside from that, you should also floss thoroughly once a day to get rid of decay causing bacteria that the toothbrush bristles can’t reach.
Stop Using Cotton Swabs
Your ears produce earwax for multiple reasons: to keep dust and dirt away from your eardrum, to provide antibacterial protection, and more. As you chew or talk, your jaw helps move the wax away from your inner ear and outward, hence, wax in your ear canal. Using cotton swabs reverses that process, though, pushing wax further into the ear where it can get stuck. Instead of using cotton swabs (and risking hearing loss, pain, and infection), trust your ears, and let them clean themselves naturally. If you must, just clean the outer part of your ear but never your ear canal.
Avoid Using Toxic Cleaning Agents
You may not realize that you’re throwing harmful chemicals in the soil, bodies of water, or plants while cleaning your bathroom. Aside from that, you’re also exposing yourself to chemicals that could lead to asthma, allergies, birth defects and even cancer. Vinegar, baking soda, and borax are great alternative for conventional cleaning products.
Always Wear Bathroom Slippers
Even if it’s in your own bathroom, you shouldn’t be stepping in barefoot because you’re putting yourself at risk of nail fungal infection, athlete’s foot, plantar warts and staph infection. This is even more so if you’re using a shared bathroom. So it’s always a must that you protect your feet and wear bathroom slippers.
Wash Your Hands Thoroughly
Washing your hands should take you at least 20 seconds. If you usually do it shorter than that then you’re not doing it right and not sanitising your hands well. Start by wetting them under warm or cold water before applying soap. Then, lather for at least 20 seconds, scrubbing the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails. Don’t forget to rinse thoroughly too.
Switch Out Your Loofah Regularly
This is the same thing with the towels. Loofahs are also one of the favourite breeding spots of germs since they’re moist all the time and kept in dark place. To keep those from transferring on your body, make sure you disinfect it weekly and switch it out every three weeks if it’s a natural loofah. But if it’s a plastic one, it can be replaced every two months.
Get Into The Habit Of Washing Your Towels Every Week
Trying to get the most use out of your towels and linens to limit laundry and save water and electricity is okay. However, you should also know that the most uses that you can only hygienically get from them is up to 5 uses max. Continue using them beyond that and you’re basically patting or rubbing multitude of bacteria onto your body since they like to breed in moist and dark place.
Store Your Toothbrushes As Far Away From The Toilet As Possible
Do you know about the “aerosol effect” of germs when a toilet is flushed? This is when bacteria get projected into the air and surrounding surfaces whenever you flush the toilet. This is why it’s important to practice shutting the lid when flushing to prevent spreading germs all over the place. Having said that, if your toothbrush is too close to the toilet, you risk contaminating it in case you forgot to close the toilet lid before flushing.
Moreover, this is also why if you share only one bathroom as a family, it is encouraged to clean the toilet seat daily with a product specifically designed to reduce the spread of bacteria. But more than that, it would be even better if you replace your toilet with TOTO Tornado Flush toilet with completely new flushing system cleans and flushes both the rim and bowl in an innovative way where it project three powerful jets of water from inside the bowl so you won’t have to flush twice and clean manually. Not to mention that CeFiONtect is a glaze applied to all TOTO ceramic products, including our toilets, leaving them with a long-lasting finish that prevents the build-up of mold, limescale and waste matter.
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