Where Are Germs Hidden in Your NYC Apartment Bathroom?

Where Are Germs Hidden in Your NYC Apartment Bathroom?So you like to think of yourself as a borderline clean freak, always attempting to get in as much cleaning as your hectic day permits. However, somewhere between patting yourself on the back for getting your bathroom to sparkle, you miss a few spots that you would probably never pay any mind to.

These seemingly insignificant spots are the ones that actually contain a hefty amount of germs that are not necessarily visible to the naked eye, nor are they the first to attract a disinfecting wipe. The following are some of the places that harbor a host of germs in your apartment bathroom.

Toothbrush Holder

So the irony lies in an object that holds what you clean your teeth with on a regular basis. When you’re brushing your teeth and rinse off your toothbrush, the water that’s left from the brush creates a small puddle at the bottom of the holder.

Although this small layer of water eventually evaporates, as it happens continuously, mold and mildew become its friends. That’s why you should be sure to disinfect your toothbrush holder at least once a week using bleach. Also, close your toilet lid before flushing each time, so as to prevent bacteria from getting to your toothbrush.

And of course, refrain from sharing your toothbrush with others—that’s a bacteria disaster waiting to happen. If you’re sick or have strep, it’s recommended to replace your toothbrush with a new, clean one.

Showerhead and Faucet

Another place that helps you upkeep your hygiene, the shower, is also home to germ growth—more like mold growth. The showerhead is one of the most common areas in which mold lurks. You should regularly clean your showerhead with vinegar, by simply dabbing some on and then rinsing it with warm water.

The same goes for your shower and bathroom sink faucets. Since you’re constantly touching your faucets, they’re always getting in contact with bacteria, which can grow over time. Eventually, this can lead to the sheltering of dangerous bacteria like MRSA, which can cause potentially life-threatening skin diseases.

To clean your faucets, first determine the kind of metal it’s composed of. You can dip a clean, old toothbrush in backing soda and add some water to it. Then, scrub the grimy areas of the faucet, without forgetting to get to the cracks.

Toilet Seats

The toilet seat may be an expected spot to find a myriad of germs, but do you know just how germy this part of your bathroom can get? The toilet seat can be just as dirty as the toilet bowl. For one, you can find bacteria such as E. coli and streptococcus.

Simply use a dishwashing detergent and warm water to clean the seat using a sponge. Rinse with water and a clean cloth.  You should let the seat air dry after you’re done, and don’t forget to do this to both sides of the seat. Make sure to clean the toilet lid and handle regularly as these areas can also host bacteria.

Bathtub Squeeze Toys 

Even if you clean your shower or bathtub all the time, you should still disinfect your children’s squeeze toys. These toys might be a great way to distract children and give them something fun to play with, but mold can still grow in the toys if they’re not cleaned.

When children play with these toys, they usually put them in their mouths, which means they’re transferring the mold to their bodies. You can get your children solid toys to play with rather than ones that can be squeezed, since they’re easier to maintain and won’t hold water.

If your kids prefer to play with squeeze toys, be sure to thoroughly squeeze the toys to remove all the water and prevent mold growth. Toys should be washed frequently with soap and water. 

Shower Towels 

Just like you shouldn’t share your toothbrush, you should never share your bath towels. When you rub the towel on your skin, dry skin comes off and you can pass it onto others, which means towels are pretty much germ havens.

When you load your towels in the laundry, they should be sorted; specifically, be sure to separate the load of kitchen towels from bathroom towels so as to avoid cross contaminating them. That’s another reason why you shouldn’t use cold or lukewarm water to wash your towels. You should take the following measures:

  • Decontaminate your laundry machine at least once a month.
  • Use hot water when you can to kill most of the germs.
  • Hang dry your towels when you’re done drying off rather than throwing them—the longer they stay moist, the more prone they are to attract the growth of mold and bacteria.
  • Be sure to wash your hand towels often and wash your bath towels after three times of use.

Women’s Makeup Cabinets

Everyone sets a different rule for how often they should throw out their makeup. No matter the time frame given for makeup use, there is always a risk of contracting harmful bacteria and fungi from aged products.

Some women use a powder brush for over a year without ever disinfecting or cleaning it. This can pose an extreme risk on one’s skin health; after all, your skin is the largest organ. When women use old eye makeup, they are at risk of catching eye infections.

As a rule of thumb, powders should be thrown out after two years and oil-free foundation should be tossed each year. When it comes to lipstick, you should say goodbye after one year, and keep mascara for no longer than three months.

Contact 1st Class Cleaning

For all of your bathroom cleaning needs, the experts at 1st Class Cleaning have the methods and tools to assure you won’t be exposed to an array of concealed germs. For more information on how we can help you see your cleanest NYC apartment bathroom yet, contact us today.

 

 

 

 

 

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