Even a clean-looking surface can harbor bacteria, and the bathroom is an area in your home that can be prone to growing mold and mildew. Follow these simple tips to keep your bathroom safe for your family.
Humidity levels in your bathroom encourage mold and mildew to grow. Mold in your home can provoke allergies, asthma episodes and other respiratory problems. Controlling the moisture in your bathroom using a humidifier or dehumidifier will help you master your mold. Watch out for standing water or condensation in your bathroom, as these can indicate that your home has too much humidity. Run ventilation fans in your bathroom when they are available to help keep the air moving.
Wash and Replace Shower Curtains
Another area where mold, bacteria and more can thrive is on your shower curtain. Soap scum and a bathroom's humid conditions make the shower curtain an ideal breeding ground for many nasty bacteria, so it is important that you keep your shower curtain clean.
Use plastic or vinyl shower curtains that can be washed in your machine with bleach and laundry detergent, and then hang it back up on the rod to dry. Adding a few towels to your washer while you are cleaning your shower curtain can help you to clean it more effectively, and using the warm cycle on your washer will prevent hot water from damaging it. Some shower curtains also are treated to be mildew-resistant, so if you are shopping for a new shower curtain, consider upgrading to this type.
Bathroom Surface Care
While the humidity in the bathroom encourages the growth of mold and mildew, flushing the toilet can spray germs around the room. Keeping the surfaces in this room clean and disinfected can help prevent your family from getting sick. Try to incorporate some of these tips into your daily cleaning practices:
- Have bathroom disinfecting wipes on hand, and ask family members to wipe the sink after they use it.
- Shut the lid of the toilet when you flush it. It's the easiest way to keep your bathroom healthy.
- Ensure that your bathroom is well-ventilated to prevent the growth of mold and mildew.
- Faucets, handles and toilet flush levers should be disinfected three times a week. Disinfect the toilet itself at least once a week.