"For marriage to be a success, every woman and every man should have her and
his own bathroom. The end. ' - Catherine Zeta-Jones
I don't actually believe that quote, but it is funny, and it would be nice to have my own bathroom. I'm pretty sure if I did it would regularly be cleaner than it is when I'm sharing it with others.
Until then I work to find the best ways to keep our household "community" bathroom as clean as possible and work to institute some nice ground rules my family members can use. Ironically, the bathroom is where you go to get clean, but it can be the dirtiest place in your home.
Here are a few stats on some bacteria in your bathroom:
- 217 bacteria per square inch on your light switch
- 764 bacteria per square inch on the bathroom floor (in front of the toilet) - 200,000 bacteria per square inch on your toothbrush
Here are a few things that help:
1) Close the toilet lid before you flush. Nasty, invisible substances can spray up to six feet away when you flush. I remember seeing a study years ago where a popular TV news show tested items on a bathroom counter, like toothbrushes and razors and found fecal matter on the items. YUK! How did that end up on those things? It was from flushing, and if you are home all day, they say the average person sits on the toilet 6 to 7 times a day. So if there are a lot of people in the home, that is a lot of flushing.
2) Launder towels and disinfect the floors, surfaces, and mirrors once a week. And, don't forget to clean your shower curtain regularly. Most shower curtains can be put in the washing machine.
3) Replace your toothbrush every three to four months and also replace them after you have been sick. Even if you do close the toilet lid when you flush or keep your toothbrush in a drawer, our mouths are full of bacteria. This is why the American Dental Association recommends you replace your toothbrush often.
Of course, there are many things to clean in a bathroom and more than a dozen excellent tips and tricks, but sometimes it's the simple things we overlook. By doing these few things regularly you will cut down on a lot of the pesky bacteria a bathroom can breed, and these things don't require a lot of hard work.