Did you know, that while your toilet bowl is likely to contain bacteria and other germs, they actually pose little threat to your health because we tend to clean these with specialist toilet cleaners in order to remove stains and limescale. On the other hand, bacteria are actually more likely to spread to other areas that you touch (e.g. toilet seat, flush handle, bathroom tap) via hands contaminated while you visit the toilet.
For good bathroom hygiene, make sure to take pay particular attention to the bathroom germ hotspots.
Top 4 Bathroom germ hotspots
Hand Contact Surfaces
Commonly touched surfaces such as the toilet flush, toilet seats, bathroom taps, door knobs and waste bins may all become contaminated during normal use of the bathroom. If you have a little one who is just discovering the fun of running taps and flushing toilets, good hygiene is even more important. Regularly clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces using an anti-bacterial cleaner.
Bathroom cleaning cloths and bathing sponges can harbour germs if they remain damp. Regularly decontaminate re-useable cloths, flannels and sponges by laundering separately on a hot wash (greater than 60°C) .
Personal Hygiene items
Personal use items such as toothbrushes and nailbrushes can become contaminated and consequently act as a source of germs. Store these items where germs are unlikely to splash onto them and after use rinse them thoroughly under running water and dry rapidly.
Don’t forget to wash your hands
The hands are one of the most important causes of cross contamination in the home. Be sure to wash your hands with soap and clean water after using the toilet.