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Germ Spots in the Bathroom

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  Koramangala, bengaluru, karnataka, india, Bengaluru     Feb 5, 2020

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There's indubitably nothing worse than wanting to pee badly and having no toilet around, only to find a public toilet which is nothing but hygienic. However, some of us might not be bothered by the germs and infection one might catch while surrounded by the world's most unhygienic place. Some tend to go all the way in by even holding their breath and yes I've done that too. 

Trust me, by the end of this article, you all will be a little bit apprehensive about touching stuff around you while you're in your bathroom. Admit it or not, we all have been a part of the situation where we would do anything to avoid contact with that suspicious toilet seat, and ladies let's not mention about the different and bizarre ways that we have taken into consideration to prevent the filthy contact. 

But, does laying paper towels on the seat does any good? It might or not. That's one of the practices we are going to talk about.

Before, let's look for things in the bathroom which might look completely normal but might be an uncouth source of germs. 

You would be amazed to know about the germs that are lurking in your toilet, and no amount of obsessive cleaning is going to get you rid of the bacteria. It is highly likely to go for the prominent spots in the washroom, like the toilet seat or the floor. But the worst place to ever find traces of germs is your toothbrush relatively followed by your bathtub. 

The most common types of bacteria found in any bathroom are Bacteroidaceae, or bacteria from poo, E.coli, streptococcus and salmonella.

We are exposed to these kinds of bacteria regularly, not just in the bathroom, so the best way to prevent the bacteria from spreading is by either washing or sanitizing your hands. 

However, petrifying that might sound don't go screaming and running out of your bathroom yet. 

Not to mention, germs nay bacteria make up a good portion of the human body and, not all of the bacterias are harmful.

The Toilet

You would have probably guessed toilet as a haven for germs and bacteria, and that's entirely true. 

But the toilet shouldn't be judged by its entirety; I mean you literally only give crap to your toilet what do you expect?

But honestly, the concentration of germs on the seat varies depending upon the site. 

Swabs taken from the seat showed different levels of bug infestation on the flush, toilet seat and in the bowl itself.

Unsurprisingly, deep inside, the toilet bowl is a hive of germy activity with 3.2million bacteria per square inch found. 

But when it comes to things you come in contact within the bathroom, the flush and seat do stand seemingly first in the whole grime bathroom scenario. 

The average toilet seat is covered in about 295 bacteria per square inch, yeah Ew. 

Now that we already have you on the seat and you have come into contact with all the yucky germs, remember there's a flush handle too that is oozing with bacteria followed by your door handle. 

Usually, the flush can be home to as much as  83 bacteria per square inch so please WASH your hands before you touch your face.

Pro- tip

TBH, no matter how hard you try to clean your toilet it would remain a hub for germs, the writer suggests you rather keep your hands clean by the use of hand wash followed by a sanitizer (that's not too much) after every use of the toilet.  

The Toothbrush

You probably have a toothbrush stand which is placed far away from your toilet to avoid the apparent infections, you would be nothing but terrified to know that your toothbrush has more germs than a toilet or the seat. 

It is, in fact, one of the most disturbing findings- your brush, the one that has been in your oral cavity, every day, long enough to infect you, is engulfed with bacteria. 

Your toothbrush can contain at least 200,000 bacteria per square inch - which is more than a toilet seat.

According to a previous study at the University of Manchester, your toothbrush can be home to staphylococci bacteria and E. coli, that's still less than the number of bacteria your mouth has so you're fine. 

Most of these bacteria already exist in your oral cavity, which won't exacerbate your condition. 


Considering you're still worried here's a tip, store your toothbrush somewhere it can dry out between uses.

The Bath

Yet another prominent germ place, your shower harbours all the bugs that you get rid of every day, it is much dirtier than you can fathom. 

You and everyone else is entitled to wash off in the bath, making it a hub for the bugs in the bathroom.

The dirtiest place being the plughole, which makes total sense because that's where the water carrying bacteria in the bathroom ends up. 

The average plughole contains 120,000 bacteria per square inch.

I think it is high time when you should obsessively clean your drainer.

 FYI, the grout in between the tiles is a safe haven for bacteria, as is the sealant around your bath and bathroom taps, so don't forget those when you next do the cleaning.

Your Saviour

Unlike the toilet, the bath can be cleaned to get rid of the germs in the bathroom. Make sure you clean all the corners with a good disinfectant. 

Let us make a checklist of places that needs to be cleaned.

  • bathroom taps

  • flush handle

  • plughole

  • sealant around your bath

  • door handle 

  • shower. 

The Bathroom Floor

Surprisingly, the floor isn't as dirty as you might think. 

Still, you wouldn't lie on it. 

The average floor has about 764 bacteria per square inch, so don't forget to mop it regularly.

Clean very floor tile with precision. 

Now that we know the prominent germ spots let's break a myth spreading toilet sheets on the seat has been nothing but a waste of paper. 

That's so inane of you to think that by piling toilet paper onto the seat, you're shielding your skin from the toilet's germs, but what you're really doing is inviting more germs onto your body.

That's because the toilet paper in public bathrooms is a breeding ground for germs. 

You've been doing it wrong for years, like literally years. 

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Tags:  General health ,Digestive health ,Toilet, germs, bacteria, Bathroom germs, hand sanitizer,

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