5 unhygienic bathroom mistakes to avoid – to limit bacteria build-up and infection risk

1. Not Washing Your Towel Every Week

Learning how to wash towels is one thing, but knowing how frequently to clean them is another. 'Your towel can hold a lot of germs and dust and needs to be cleaned once or twice a week,' Dorian says. 'Many people neglect their towel and only wash it when it starts to smell, but at this point, so much bacteria is on your towel and is unhygienic to use.'

2.  Forgetting To Clean Your Toilet Brush

It is perhaps unsurprising that your toilet brush and plunger are among the dirtiest objects in your home, but the idea of cleaning them is often less common. 'No one ever remembers that you need to clean the cleaning items you use in the bathroom in order to have a hygienic bathroom,' Dorian says. 'Your toilet brush and plunger can be full of germs and can also smell over time if not properly cleaned. These items should be bleached in a well-ventilated area twice every month or more, depending on how often you clean your toilet.'

3. Neglecting Your Toothbrush Holder

Aside from the apparent toothpaste stains, you would be forgiven for believing that your toothbrush holder is reasonably clean. Though, Dorian explains that this is not the case. 'Your toothbrush is used to clean food and plaque from your teeth, which means these particles are often on your toothbrush and can drip down into the holder,' he warns. 'Many people don't think to wash this as you often can't see inside. However, this is where bacteria can hide as it's dark and moist. You should be rinsing out your holder every time you clean your bathroom and ensure no toothpaste is left behind.'

4. Leaving Your Bath Mat For A Prolonged Time

In a similar way to your towel, your bath mat can also harbor a lot of bacteria and dust, especially after several showers or baths. Therefore, it's important to change your mat almost as often as your bath and hand towels. If not, you may face mildewy smells and even fungal infections. 'You need to bang out your mat every week and wash it as well to make sure it is nice and clean and able to absorb the water after you take a bath or shower,' Dorian adds.

5. Ignoring A Clogged Shower Head

'A clogged shower head is often due to mineral deposits, soap scum, and scale build-up, which you don't particularly want to be showering in. Never ignore a clogged showerhead, and always make sure to clean it when you clean your shower or tub,' Dorian says. Your shower head is one of the many things you can clean with vinegar, baking soda, and hot water – all of which will fight nasty build-up when paired together.

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