13 Really Dirtiest Places In Your Bathroom

There is nothing better than a spotless bathroom. The first signs of decay begin a few days after a major cleaning. Hair flutters on the floor, a lump of liquid soap sticks to the shower wall… What are the most dirty places in your bathroom?

The dirtiest places in the bathroom

1. The floor

According to Joan L. Slonczewski (microbiologist and biology professor at Kenyon College in Ohio), the bathroom floor is one of the dirtiest places in the bathroom. According to him, if you have just cleaned the floor, there are less than a thousand bacteria per square centimeter, but after an hour the amount of bacteria can grow to a million bacteria per square meter.

Such an explosion of bacteria can already be caused by a visit to the toilet. If you continue afterwards, bacteria will spread everywhere and land on your clean tiles. That is why it is wise to first lower the valve and only then pull it through.

How to keep clean?

Vacuuming and mopping once or twice a week will keep your floor nice and clean.

2. The bath food

Not only does the bath mat collect the bacteria that spread by flushing without lowering the valve… It also absorbs water from your wet feet when you get out of the shower. If you just leave the mat damp on the floor, it is the perfect place for mold to grow.

How to keep clean?

The bath mat should be hung up after use. And cleaning the mat regularly also works wonders! A rubber bath mat can be put in the dishwasher or soaked in a tub of water and a good splash of vinegar. A cloth bath mat has to be put in the washing machine once a week and then in the dryer so that it ends up bone-dry on the bathroom floor again.

3. The Toothbrush Holder

According to NSF international, the toothbrush holder is one of the dirtiest places in your entire house. More germs were found during research than on light switches and faucet handles. Bacteria from other parts of your bathroom also end up on your toothbrush holder.

How to keep clean?

It is wise to put the toothbrush holder in the dishwasher once a week. If the holder is not dishwasher safe, wash it with Dreft soapy water . In between, you can also wipe the holder with a disinfection cleaner, then you can be sure that it stays nice and clean.

Bacteria also accumulate on door handles. Fortunately, we humans have enough resistance not to immediately become ill when touched by bacteria, but since the toilet is also often used in the bathroom, the door handles there are a lot more unhygienic than the other door handles.

How to keep clean?

Regularly wipe the door handle with a wet microfibre cloth or disinfect it with a disinfectant cleaner . HG has a biodegradable disinfection spray with which you can safely disinfect the door handles, among other things.

5. The light button

Just like the bee door handle, a lot of bacteria end up on the light switch from your hands and from the bathroom. Your hands may be clean when you leave the bathroom, but when you enter the bathroom they are less clean. 

If you think a little further, when you leave the bathroom, your clean hands touch a button that is still dirty from when you came in, and therefore your hands are never really clean. You really shouldn’t dwell on it too much, but sometimes it’s interesting to do it anyway.

How to keep clean?

The light switches can also be cleaned with a wet microfibre cloth. Good microfibre cloths can remove up to 99 percent of all bacteria. If you want to be absolutely sure that all bacteria are killed, use the HG disinfection tool.

6. The tap

The tap is also one of the dirtiest places in the bathroom. You touch the faucet before you wash your hands. That is exactly the moment when a lot of bacteria ends up on your faucet. Unless you teach yourself to turn on the tap with your elbows. But you can also carry on… It is easier to keep the taps nice and clean.

How to keep clean?

A daily cloth over the tap is so easy. To make your taps shine beautifully, you can perfectly use the clean & dry window set . Not only windows and mirrors become streak-free, but also other shiny materials such as faucets.

7. The shower head

According to scientists at the University of Colorado, there are a lot of mycobacteria in the shower head . Because it is dark, humid and warm in a shower head, bacteria can grow there. If you are sensitive to those bacteria, you can suffer from your respiratory tract.

How to keep clean?

Regularly soak your shower head in a gallon jug of vinegar. Not only will bacteria die, lime also disappears like snow in the sun. Oh yes, and if you have a plastic shower head, quickly replace it with a metal one. The bacteria can attach themselves much better to plastic, and you have to prevent that.

8. The sink drain

The sink takes a beating; spit, toothpaste, drool and flakes of hair find their way down the drain. In combination with water, it can really become a cesspool that also smells terribly.

How to keep clean?

Put a scoop of baking soda down the drain, add a dash of vinegar , things will hiss and fizz, wait half an hour and rinse with boiling hot water. If you’re going away for a few days, just scoop some baking soda down the drain so that all the bad odors are neutralized.

9. The soap dispenser

Strangely enough, what you use to clean your hands is also one of the dirtiest places in the bathroom: the soap dispenser. If you think about it, it makes sense, after all, you initially touch the pump with dirty hands. Fortunately, you always wash your hands immediately afterwards and it is not too bad how dirty you get yourself.

How to keep clean?

If you do clean the bathroom, you might as well take the soap dispenser with a microfibre cloth . It is a small action with the result: less bacteria in the bathroom.

10. The toilet

You probably thought: where is he now? Here it is: the toilet. That is certainly one of the dirtiest places in the bathroom that, if you don’t lower the valve while flushing, will scatter the bacteria around like confetti.

How to keep clean?

You can wipe the glasses and the rim of the jar every day with a hygienic cleaning cloth . Put a small dash of thick bleach in the pot and you will never suffer from limescale. You can also use the HG disinfection tool for the toilet , then you can be sure that no bacteria are left behind.

11. The toilet brush

Ew! The toilet brush. Even though we can’t live without it, it’s still a nasty thought that scraps of poop are scrubbed away with it. It is best to leave the toilet brush in the pot for a while afterwards and spray some disinfectant cleaner on it. If you’ve never done it this way before, it’s time for a cleaning.

How to keep clean?

If you want to make sure that your toilet brush is nice and clean, fill a bucket with boiling water and add a dash of bleach. Place the brush in the bucket and let it soak for an hour. When you are done with that, rinse the brush well, spray some more disinfection cleaner on it and the toilet brush is ready for use again.

12. The ventilation grille

Do you have a ventilation grille that makes a lot of noise? Then it’s probably full of dust. And where there is dust, there are bacteria. In addition, a dirty ventilation system has to work much harder to achieve the same result.

How to keep clean?

Place the narrowest attachment of your vacuum cleaner on the hose and vacuum the ventilation grille. Also wipe the grid with a microfibre cloth. 

You can also remove the ventilation grille from the ceiling. Often there are two clips that ensure that it remains fixed in the ventilation hole. Once you have clicked off the grid, you can wash it. You can now also more easily reach the hole in the ceiling to suck the dust away.

13. The bath toys 

Oh, the bath toys of your children or grandchildren. Over time, they turn black on the inside from the fungus. You can prevent this by rinsing the toys with water after each session and letting the toys drain in a colander. You can also store the toys in a laundry bag and hang them over the bath after rinsing with a clothespin.

How to keep clean?

Bath toys can go very well in the dishwasher. If you discover a fungus somewhere, put the bath toys in a bucket with vinegar and put something heavy on the rubber ducks, boats and buckets so that everything remains submerged. Let it soak overnight and rinse well the next day.

Now you know what the dirtiest places in the bathroom are, but don’t forget to keep the bath and shower clean to prevent mold. And of course you shouldn’t drive yourself crazy with scary thoughts about bacteria, most people are strong enough to survive all those bacteria. 

As previously reported, you make it easy on yourself if you use your HG disinfection tool have at home. This spray kills 99.9% of bacteria and rinsing is not necessary. The product is biodegradable, has a short reaction time and you can use it for a wide variety of cleaning jobs: for kitchen sinks, toys, taps, telephones, door handles, toilet… and so on.

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