We often consider our bathrooms the cleanest places in our homes. After all, that is the place where we do all of our own cleaning, so even the idea that there might be germs and bacteria around the bathroom is very off-putting. But it’s the reality: our homes are full of bacteria and that is completely normal. Bacteria lives all around us and most of them are completely harmless, but we should still educate ourselves on what types can actually do us some harm, and how we can protect ourselves from them.
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When we hear the name “E. coli”, we tend to jump to conclusions and consider it a bad thing. However, E. coli lives in your intestines and helps your digestion. It only becomes a problem when its numbers increase and in those cases, it can make you very sick. Since E. coli is found in feces, it can easily find its way to a lot of surfaces around the bathroom. That is why it’s important to clean your bathroom on a daily basis. Everything from the toilet and sink to the bathroom doorknob needs to be kept clean. You should also wash your hands every time you use the bathroom with antibacterial soap to prevent spreading any bacteria around.
Salmonella is usually associated with eating undercooked meat or eggs which have been infected, and while this might be the most common way of contracting the disease, we have to look deeper if we want to know how to prevent catching it. First, we need to understand that salmonella is a bacterium that lives in our gut, and while there, it’s perfectly harmless. But, if salmonella gets into your intestines – if you don’t close the toilet lid before flushing or wash your hands – it can cause a lot of stomach problems, headaches and fever.
Shigella is a less known bacteria which causes shigellosis. It causes diarrhea and it isn’t very harmful, with the symptoms going away in five to seven days. But the important thing to know is that a person is still infectious up to two weeks after the symptoms subside. Avoid eating food prepared by the sick person or swimming in the same water; also, clean the bathroom regularly. You should be cautious when changing diapers of infected babies or elderly people, and make sure you wash your hands thoroughly.
Unlike most bacteria that live inside of us, streptococcus can actually be found on our skin. However, washing your hands and taking showers regularly should be enough to keep this bacteria at bay, but you also need to be thinking of your surroundings. You need to consider only high-quality bathtubs, because a tub that has cracks, crevices or holes will hold a lot more bacteria.
Your bathtub is most often at least a little bit damp, so it is the perfect breeding ground for bacteria. Clean it often, and vent the room in order to get it as dry as possible. While streptococcus is quite common and usually not very serious, there are cases when it can be quite harmful, so be safe and keep your surroundings as clean as possible.
We shouldn’t be afraid to use our bathrooms, we should simply practice good habits and clean up as often as we can. One-time surface sanitation wipes are a great way to do this, along with weekly deep-cleaning. If someone in your household gets ill, make sure you sanitize the entire house – especially the bathroom – and make sure that the infected person doesn’t come in contact with any food while it’s being prepared.