The bathroom is a very personal place where you perform your most intimate rituals. From heeding the call of nature, soaking, bathing, and grooming, the bathroom is that one area of the house that you use on a daily basis. The bathroom seems generally cleaner than other parts of your home, perhaps because you feel the need to disinfect more often. But it is actually full of germs, bacteria and pathogens lurking at all corners invisible to the naked eye. And if you have lousy and poor bathroom habits, you could end up contracting different sorts of diseases and infections.
Here’s a round-up of the bad bathroom habits you need to break immediately.
Wrong Wiping Habits
If you’ve been wiping from back to front your entire life, it’s time to change things up. According to studies, wiping from back to front spreads bacteria from the anal region towards the vagina, a habit that can put you at higher risks of Urinary Tract Infection (UTI) and other related diseases. So from now on, make sure to wipe from front to back.
If you’re not at all fond of wiping, consider getting a bidet toilet seat for better bathroom hygiene. The bidet seat will clean, dry and deodorize your nether regions with water, and you wouldn’t even have to use tissue in the first place.
Using the Same Old Toothbrush After You’ve Been Sick
Experts suggest replacing your old toothbrush with a new one every three months, and right away after you’ve been sick.
Your saliva contains the germs, viruses, and pathogens which can survive on your toothbrush for days and weeks. Using the same old toothbrush when you have recovered from your condition could put you at risk of re-infection.
Using the Same Old Loofah or Sponge for Months
Many people go on for long periods using the same sponge or loofah without even thinking of getting a replacement. The sponge and loofah are often wet and moist, making them the perfect breeding ground for germs, mold, and mildew.
Now imagine using a dirty loofah over and over again. If you can’t get rid of body acne, you now know the culprit. With that said, it’s essential to squeeze out excess moisture and leave your loofah to dry out inside to kill the germs. Lastly, make sure to replace them at least every month.
Forgetting to Wash Your Hands
Whatever you do inside the bathroom, should always remember to wash your hands. And you should do it correctly too. You need to bring your hands under running water, wash with soap and rinse properly. Finally, make sure to have a designated hand towel in the bathroom and never use someone else’s.
Not Closing the Toilet Lid When Flushing
An open toilet containing body discharges is like an open invitation to various forms of infections and diseases. So when you flush with the lid open, you are also putting yourself at risk of what experts call the “toilet plume.” During this process, the toilet could spray out water containing urine and fecal matter, which could land on your skin, towel, toothbrush and a lot of other things you use on a daily basis. Do yourself a favor and never flush with the lid open, ever again.
Most of the bad bathroom habits may seem harmless and are just quite annoying, but they’re also the underlying reasons for some nasty health conditions. From now on, stop these bad bathroom habits to ward away contamination and protect your health.