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Are You Making These Bathroom Mistakes?

By Sara Butler

The bathroom is one of those places in the house that's necessary but can also be hazardous to your health. Everyone has developed bathroom habits over the years, but are your habits the right ones? Can that help save you from all the things that live in your bathroom ralong with those that can make you sick? Here are a few bathroom habits you may want to try to break for your health.

Mistake No. 1: You Don’t Close the Toilet Lid When Flushing

Most people don’t put the toilet seat down in their bathroom when they flush, but they really should. If you leave the lid up the water from your toilet, and everything it contains, can spray up to six feet away. The water from the toilet can linger in the air long enough to settle all over your bathroom, so if you don’t live alone, make sure everyone else in your household starts to put the lid down too.

Mistake No. 2: You Put Your Toothbrush in the Medicine Cabinet

Due to mistake number one, you may be thinking storing your toothbrush out of sight might be the best course of action, and while that line of thinking is admirable, it’s also wrong. When you put your toothbrush away in the cabinet or a container, you are keeping it from drying completely between uses. This creates a virtual love shack for bacteria to grow. You should store your toothbrush upright in a place it can dry, but be careful it’s not touching other brushes.

Mistake No. 3: You Love Your Loofah a Long Time – Too Long

These fluffy shower staples you use to lather up your body in the shower or bath should be replaced every three or four weeks. Can you guess the reason? If you guessed because they’re a breeding ground for bacteria, you would be correct. Switch out loofahs a lot.

Mistake No. 4: You Don’t Run the Fan – Or You Don’t Have One

The bathroom is a wet and steamy environment and that moisture can lead to a lot of problems. Anything you can do to get the moist air out is going to be beneficial, so make sure to run the fan (or throw open a window) during your shower and for about 20 minutes after.

Most people would rather have a bathroom in their house than an outhouse, but with indoor plumbing comes great responsibility. Make sure you observe the rules of the bathroom to keep it safe and protect your health!

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