Let’s be clear — the bathroom can be a wonderful space. It can also be EXTREMELY gross. But with a few simple tweaks to your normal routine, you can significantly cut down on the amount of harmful bacteria that likes to lurk within your home spa. 

Stop Stashing Your Wet Toilet Brush in Its Holder

Consider what you use your toilet brush to clean. Then consider what happens when you take the thing that cleaned that foulness and stick it into a dark, damp space. That’s what happens if you just put away your toilet brush wet. Suddenly it becomes an incubator for all number of bacteria.

Instead, you want to clean your brush and let it dry before putting it away. This is a relatively simple process. After you have cleaned the bowl with bleach, swirl the brush through the water and shake it free of excess H2O. Then, position the brush over the water and lower the seat to hold it in place. Let it dry before returning it to its holder. 

Never Pile Damp Towels on Top of One Another 

Towels may dry your body quickly, but they can take substantially longer to dry themselves. Even within a few hours, mold and mildew can begin to thrive within the fibers of your towels, making them incredibly unsanitary. 

By piling damp towels on top of one another, you create a breeding ground for this bacteria. Instead, hang towels individually, giving them plenty of room for air to circulate around them.

ALWAYS Close the Toilet Bowl Lid Before Flushing

We don’t need to mention that what goes in the toilet isn’t something you want to consume. (Been there. Done that.) But when you flush the toilet, water particles (including small particles of what you’ve deposited) are sprayed into the air. 

When you leave the toilet bowl lid open, these particles have an even bigger dispersal radius. The simple fix is to ALWAYS close the lid before you flush. 

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