Now that we’ve tackled the kitchen, we can move to the next most hazardous room in your home: the bathroom. We’re usually in the bathroom right as we’ve woken up or just as we’re getting ready for bed, our minds half-asleep. Or we’re running in and out in a rush. All that half-minded running makes it extremely important to keep your bathroom safe and clean. It’s easy to do, and we’ve compiled some simple steps for you.
Avoiding Trips and Falls:
More than one third of injuries in the bathroom happen while bathing or showering, so let’s start there. If you don’t already have them, install non-slip strips or mats in your shower. If yours are getting old, consider replacing them.
Keep your floor dry in the bathroom by toweling off before you get out. Most bathrooms will have a mat or rug on the floor. You’ll want to make sure that is non-slip as well.
Next take a look at your shower door or curtain. Do you have something stable to grab onto when getting in and out? Be wary of door handles on glass shower doors - they are typically less stable and are prone to shattering. If you have a shower curtain, make sure it’s the right length for you shower. Keep the liner tucked inside while you’re showering to avoid dripping onto your floor.
Proper Bathroom Storage:
Many people will keep their medication in the bathroom. Be careful with this, as medication usually needs to be stored in a cool, dry place. You don’t want a humid bathroom impacting the quality of your medicine. It’s also important to keep them away from humidity so the labels don’t peel off.
You’ll also want to take a look at all of the electronics you have in the bathroom. Electric razors, blowdryers, straighteners, and curlers should all be stored off of the counter when not in use. There’s no need to risk bringing them in contact with water.
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Lurking Bathroom Germs:
One of the biggest bathroom threats is completely invisible to the human eye. Just like your kitchen, your bathroom is filled with germs with scary names like gastrointestinal virus, enteric pathogens, and dermatophytic fungi. Luckily, only 1-2% of germs make us sick, but we want to minimize even that risk.
You should do a basic disinfecting clean of your bathroom at least once a week. Wipe down surfaces with disinfecting wipes and wash any common hand towels. Once a month do a deeper clean of your bathroom. Keep an eye out for mold or leaks. If you have a leaking tub, consider using a Water Sensor to alert you before damage ensues. Change shower curtain liners every 3-6 months to minimize mold growth.
On a daily basis, there are little things you can do to battle germs. Flush the toilet with the lid closed, and get the rest of your family into the same habit. Bacteria can fly further than you think, and you don’t want that landing on your toothbrush. It’s also important to store makeup brushes away from the sink, and other products in a drawer. Humidity can encourage bacteria growth. And finally, swap out the towel hooks for racks. Hooks make it harder for towels to dry. You should also wash your towels every 3 or 4 uses.