The combination of warmth, moisture and poor ventilation can potentially result in many bathrooms becoming a breeding ground for mould, mildew and bacteria.
Typical bathroom germy hot spots include:
The Toilet - Unsurprisingly, the toilet is commonly the dirtiest item in our home. The amount of bacteria doubles after you use the toilet and can stay alive on hands for up to three hours.
The Bathroom Sink - The average bathroom sink contains 2,733 bacteria per square inch.
Bath Plug Hole - The average bath plug hole contains 119, 468 bacteria per square inch.
Shower Seals - Shower seals can harbour mould which can cause respiratory problems.
Top tips for keeping your bathroom clean:
- Always put the lid down before flushing to prevent the spread of bacteria and regularly wipe around surface areas with an anti-bacterial wipe rather than a damp cloth.
- Clean the bath, sinks, tiles and floor with an anti-bacterial cleaner to get rid of germs and leave your bathroom sparkling. Dettol Power & Pure Advance Bathroom Spray kills 99.9% of bacteria and uses Active Oxygen to tackle tough dirt leaving no harsh chemical residue.
- Ventilate your bathroom as much as possible. Home Hygiene expert Dr Lisa Ackerley comments "Mould spores are microscopic and airborne and can easily be breathed in causing respiratory problems, asthma and allergies. To control mould it is important to take action and simply ensuring good ventilation can help to reduce the risk."
- Empty and clean bathroom bins on a weekly basis to protect against a build-up of bacteria.
- Stretch out shower curtains after each shower to allow water to dry off completely preventing mildew stains and moisture build up.