There’s a reason the bathroom can be considered the most dangerous room in the house! No matter how safety-conscious or careful you think you are, chances are these hazards are lurking in your bathroom!
- Mold. The unavoidable truth is that bathrooms are wet… and mold loves water. Ergo, mold in the bathroom is a constant threat. Ventilating the room well, cleaning regularly, and making sure that the caulk and grout are intact are your best weapons.
- Towels, washcloths, and bath mats. Though bath mats are great for preventing falls in the bathroom, and towels provide a necessary function, they all collect water, dead skin and other detritus. Which makes them the perfect breeding ground for bacteria and mold. Make sure you wash them often – like every couple of days.
- The shower head. According to studies conducted by the University of Colorado, high levels of nasty organisms (i.e. viruses, fungus, bacteria and all kinds of pathogens) live in the water that comes out of showerheads, thriving in the dark, wet and warm conditions. So to be on the safe side, let the water run for a couple of minutes before using your showerhead.
- The bathtub. Bathtub-related injuries are one of the most common household injuries, especially among children and older folks. Incorporating slip-resistant surfaces and holding bars into your bathroom may help.
- Your toothbrush. Every time you flush the toilet, fecal contaminants spray up and land on every surface. Including your toothbrush and other toiletries. Super gross. Solution? Close the lid on the toilet before you flush. And don’t keep your toothbrush in the bathroom.
- Dangerous chemicals. From disinfectants and air fresheners to mouthwash and toothpaste, the bathroom is packed with chemicals. Some are carcinogenic (cancer causing), while others are instantly fatal if ingested. Keep an eye on what’s under your sink – and in your soap – especially if you have kids.