While your bathroom may be a space to help you get clean, it can often be one of the nastiest, allergen-filled and toxic-loaded rooms in your home. Why?

Because thanks to the high-moisture and often low-light environment, it’s one of the best breeding grounds of mold, bacteria, viruses, and other irritants. But don’t have a major meltdown. It’s possible to clean your bathroom and keep it that way.

Use the following tips to keep the yuck from your bathroom and support your health.

Don’t Let Moisture Build Up

Letting excess moisture linger is the easiest way to let mold grow. And with more than 100,000 species of mold on the planet – there’s a lot of mold that can grow!

  • Always run your bathroom fan when showering or bathing.
  • Crack a window, if possible.
  • Leave the door open, if possible.
  • Wipe the shower stall or bathtub down after bathing.
  • Leave the bathroom ventilated for at least 20-minutes after bathing.

Sanitize Your Faucet

The bathroom faucet is often ignored. But this high-traffic fixture is one of the easiest ways to spread germs among family members and visiting guests. The best way to combat germ transfer is to kill the germs by wiping down your faucet with a 3 percent hydrogen peroxide solution.

The Grody Shower Curtain

When’s the last time you washed your shower curtain. On second thought, don’t answer that. Just know it needs to be washed ASAP. If you have a vinyl shower curtain that can’t be washed toss it. Replace it with a washable nylon or polyester version that can be thrown in the washing machine every few weeks.

Moldy Towels

When’s the last time you replaced your towels? When’s the last time you washed your towels. Hopefully you know the answer to the second question. But regardless, towels can be a breading ground for mold. You want to wash them regularly, hang them up separately after each bath so they fully dry, and replace them every year (on average).

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