Toilets are one of those undeniable necessities of life. We all need one. Most of us have one – or more – and we want to keep them clean but sometimes you just have to see the other side of these strange bowls.
How many times have you gone into the bathroom and wondered when the last time it was you cleaned it? The water marks on the mirror, the soap scum behind the shower curtain, the terrible odor coming from the toilet… is it enough?
No one wants to clean the toilet. Heck, no one even wants to talk about cleaning the toilet. But with so many germs and bacteria on the loose, you may not even realize the number of bacteria you come into contact with on a daily basis.
In order to look after your own health and the health of others, it’s vital to maintain good hygiene in situations and settings such as at home, when you sleep, when you eat and cook and especially in the bathroom.
20 Toilet Hygiene Facts And Tips Nobody Told You About
We want to ensure you and your family stay safe and vigilant with the right preparation for any illnesses lurking around. Take a look at these 20 hygiene facts and tips which will hopefully bring to your attention the importance of practicing excellent hygiene all year round.
1. The dirty kind of math.
One germ can multiply into more than 8 million germs in one day.
Imagine how many people that first initial germ can affect in a matter of 24 hours. Stop the multiplication and start with good hygiene.
2. Don’t be in a rush to start and finish.
A washroom is often a high traffic hotspot with people coming in and out, desperate to start and finish their toilet business as quickly as possible. There are many people who run and barge into the washroom unexpectedly. This is especially dangerous when there are young kids standing behind the door, they could be hurt.
Being in a rush means you would also be doing your business in a haste, in the long term, which could be unhealthy for the body. And when you are in a great hurry, it is quite likely you cannot be bothered on cleaning up after the mess.
3. Shut the toilet lid when you flush.
More than one in two of us skip this important hygienic habit. And this is a big deal: If you leave the lid up when you flush, germy water particles (and, err, whatever else is in the toilet) can spray across the room – up to six feet away from the toilet.
Bacteria can linger in the air long enough to settle in a filthy film all around the room – so make sure everyone in your household is onboard with a lid-down flushing protocol.
The key is always to put the lid down and make sure you “flush and rush.” Since fecal matter carries some deadly toxins, you don’t want it settling on surfaces and permeating your breathing space any more than it already did.
4. Keep your towels six feet from your throne.
That disgusting plume that sprays from the commode can also get on your hand towels if they’re too close. So, you wash your hands and get rid of all the germs; then, you pick up the towel to dry off and pick them germs right back up. Also, consider that a towel that’s been used by someone who didn’t wash their hands properly is already full of bacteria.
5. Don’t take your phone in the restroom.
Okay, everybody takes their cell phone in the bathroom to catch up on emails and text friends. You don’t realize how you’re spreading bacteria all over your phone, which you will also put close to your mouth and on the table while you eat.
You talk and text while taking care of business. Then you put the phone down so that you can take care of the paperwork. Now, before you wash your hands because it’s on the other side of the room, you pick up the phone again.
All the bacteria from your hands and the “paperwork” have now been transferred to your phone. Not only are your hands loaded with germs, but there are bacteria on every surface in that room.
Leave that phone behind and make your toilet trip with a peace of mind.
6. You should deep clean your throne regularly.
Your loo should be cleaned thoroughly at least once per week. It would help if you got down around the base and under the lid as well as in the bowl.
Also, cleaning brushes are a harbor for bacteria and are plain disgusting. The newer clean and toss systems are better as they cut down on germs. Pumice stones are the best at getting rid of tough stains, especially if you have hard water that turns your throne orange from iron.
7. Wash your hands with soap and water.
It takes 40-60 seconds to adequately wash your hands using soap.
There you have it, it takes up to a whole minute to sufficiently wash your hands with soap and water. Make sure you spend the time to adequately wash your hands multiple times throughout the day to ensure you’re not spreading harmful bacteria or germs. Especially after using the washroom!
8. You need more than just one hand towel within reach.
Experts say that hand towels should be washed every couple days. Wet towels in the bathroom are breeding grounds for all sorts of pretty nasty bacteria. Keep a stack of hand towels in the bathroom so it’s easy to swap in a fresh one.
9. Towel warmers are actually not meant for warming towels.
Here’s a clue: Towel warmers are also known as heated towel rails, heated towel bars, and drying racks. Yes, they will heat up towels so that you can enjoy a warm one post-shower, but what these products are really meant for is drying your towels.
So, though a towel warmer may seem like an unnecessary luxury, it actually has a very utilitarian purpose.
10. Don’t let your towels dry on hooks.
Laundering your bath towels after every three uses is a good rule of thumb, but only if you hang them spread out to dry on a towel bar. If you hang them on hooks, moisture (and any excess soap that’s collected) can stay trapped between the folds, which could lead to mildew and bacteria growth.
11. Hand drying is important too!
Your hands spread 1,000 times more germs when they are damp than when they are dry.
Information on the importance of sufficient hand drying is often missed out however it’s an essential component to good hand hygiene. Ensure your hands are dry and not damp to avoid spreading 1000 times more germs!
12. Bath loofahs need to be replaced timely.
Chances are you use your loofah for way too long.
Bacteria just loves breeding on these fluffy mesh shower staples, which are designed to hold-in soap and water to help you lather up. Toss them every three to four weeks.
13. The floor should not remain damp.
Floors are one of the top places in washroom facilities for bacterial harborage. A wet floor poses multiple hazards. Besides posing a risk for falls, a damp floor provides an ideal environment for disease-causing bacteria to thrive. After all, bacteria functions best in a moist environment.
The wet bath mat shouldn’t be left on the floor. On the spectrum of household annoyances, it’s worse than using multiple water glasses a day and equal to wearing shoes indoors. If you have a tub, simply drape it over the side to dry; if you don’t, consider adding a towel rod for this purpose.
14. Don’t squat on the toilet seat.
You may have seen the toilet signs reminding users not to squat on the toilet seats. It may be gross but it happens! Squatting on the toilet seat or on the toilet seat cover not only make the whole place seems dirty, it greatly inconveniences for the next user.
You may risk injuring yourself should you fall off while squatting dangerously over it. Solution: Use a toilet seat cleaner to sanitize before use. Initial toilet seat cleaner provides washroom users the extra level of assurance and confidence when using public facilities.
15. Some people pee on the floor.
If you were to take a black light and hold it by your commode, you might be surprised at what you see. Sorry, guys, but it seems that men have a more challenging time getting things to go to the right spot.
If you have teenage boys or young ones potty training, then the amount of dried urine around your porcelain throne may shock you. Make sure you clean this area, too, when you’re scrubbing the loo.
16. Don’t store your toothbrush in the medicine cabinet.
You might think this a clever way to keep toilet bacteria from reaching your brush, but you could be trading one ill-advised move for another. Trapped in a cabinet or container, your brush may not be able to dry between uses, creating a welcome environment for bacteria. Toothbrushes are recommended to be stored in an upright position, and not touching other brushes, to mitigate the risk of cross-contamination. And shut that toilet lid!
17. Makeup and brushes shouldn’t be left out on the counter.
Anything you apply to your face should be kept out of the path of toilet germs, too. Plus, if you store your makeup in your bathroom, the room’s moisture can make it even more susceptible to bacteria growth. Keep beauty supplies out of grime’s way in drawers or boxes, and clean brushes and replace makeup as necessary.
18. Clean the shower curtain.
People often neglect this unassuming item. Feeling lazy about scrubbing residue away? Good news: You can often toss shower curtains in the washing machine. To keep mildew at bay for longer, pull the curtain across your tub (not scrunched to one side) between showers so it can air dry thoroughly.
19. Consider running the fan.
If you haven’t already figured out, bathroom moisture can cause a host of yucky issues. So run the fan (or open a window) while you shower and for 15 to 20 minutes afterward.
20. Don’t put your customers off.
56% of people say they will not return to a place with poor washroom hygiene. Think it over if you have your own business and a restroom on the premises.
Don’t deter your customers from visiting your establishment. It may be the smallest room but it’s an important one. Make sure your washroom lives up to expectations and is meeting your users’ needs.
Every day we use the toilet without much thinking. We bring along our bad habits with our toilet visits. Some people like to have long chats over the phone in the cubicle, while some people like to make their toilet visits start and end all in less than 10 seconds.
We could become more considerate washroom users and be more mindful of your own washroom behavior to cultivate a pleasant and positive washroom environment for all.