There are some items in your bathroom that require regular cleaning or replacing, as the moisture from showering allows germs to proliferate easily making it an ideal breeding ground for some pretty gross things.
According to a study carried out by NSF International (National Sanitation Foundation) in which scientists swabbed 30 surfaces in 22 homes, coliform bacteria (which is found in fecal matter) was found on nine per cent of bathroom faucets and in 27 per cent of toothbrush holders.
Scientist and germ expert Jason Tetro, who has authored the books The Germ Code and The Germ Files, highlighted the most vulnerable items in your bathroom and how to ensure they don’t turn into a virtual Petri dish of bacteria.
Loofahs, washcloths and shower poufs
“Things that have a high amount of surface area where bugs can get in need to be washed or replaced regularly,” he says. “A shower pouf or a loofah are perfect examples.”Wash them in hot water mixed with either soap or white vinegar. The water needs to be hot because bugs die off at 71 degrees C and give the item a fresh new bacteria-free life.
Much like shower poufs and loofahs, hairbrushes can be effectively cleaned by soaking them in hot water with a soap or vinegar mixture.
Your dentist likely gives you a new toothbrush after every cleaning visit, which typically happens once every three to six months, and that can be a good gauge for when it’s time to change out your brush.
Tetro says, “I’d say all razors should be replaced every two weeks, but if you’re a man and you use it every day, you’ll probably end up having a blunting issue of the blades before you have a microbial issue.”
He says that this really depends on how often you use your razor —the more you use it, the more likely it is to pick up microbes.
These are notoriously under washed items that can wreak havoc on your skin by causing breakouts.