Shiny spic and span toilets may look hygienic, but in reality there are always germs present in our bathrooms. If you were to look through a microscope, then the millions of bacteria roaming around would become apparent. Bathrooms are used by every member of the family and are thus a great place to contract an infection.
For example, many of us think upset stomachs are usually caused by eating bad food, but in actuality it is usually caused by fecal bacteria spread to the mouth by hand. Thus, it is important to wash your hands properly with antiseptic solution after using the toilet to avoid infection.
Here are few steps that can save us from bathroom acquired infections:
- Rinse your soap with water after using it. Fecal bacteria spreads easily in water, so do not leave any water in your soap case. If possible, use a soap case with a mesh below. Using liquid soap to wash your hands helps greatly reduce the chances of infection.
- Use separate towel for each member of the family. Diseases like conjunctivitis, sty, and fungal infection can spread quickly by using an infected person’s towel. It is also important to wash your towel on alternating day and dry it out in the sunlight. The same goes for hand towels.
- Many people use sponges or scrub brushes to clean their toilet and leave these implements in the bathroom. Bacteria and germs breed on wet and humid surface. Thus, it is essential to dry these items after use and replace them every two to three months
- Clean and wash your bathroom floor everyday.
- If you have mats or carpets in your bathroom, try to keep them dry and wash them once a week.
- Clean your bathtub with antiseptic solution on alternating days. Wipe the floor below your bathtub after every use.
- Wash the bathroom tiles once a month, especially the tile joints, where dust and dirt tend to accumulate.
- After using the toilet, put the toilet cover down before flushing. Many people flush with their toilet open, and due to the heavy spray of water, bacteria goes in the air and get accumulates on towels, toothbrushes, and soap.
- Wipe the toilet seat with tissue paper after every use and keep it dry as much as possible, as wet surfaces attract bacteria. As toilets always get contaminated with germs, regular cleanings of the seat, rim, lid, bowl, and (especially) the flusher are highly recommended.
- If you are using s public toilet, then opt to use the Indian style toilet. If you must use a western style toilet, always relive yourself in a half sitting position. Avoid sitting directly on the toilet seat. Women commonly get UTI (urinary tract infections) by using public toilets.
- Dry your toothbrush after each use or keep it in a container. Change your toothbrush every four months and after you have overcome a cold, flu, or viral fever.
- Keep a watch on your drainage system. Sometimes hair, tissue paper, and cotton will get stuck and cause blockage in the drain, which can lead to an accumulation of dirty water in your bathroom. Keep your drainage system clean by removing garbage over it and pour some acid or unblocking tablets into the drain once every week.
- Since bacteria breed in moist environments, keep your bathroom well ventilated.