Germs love living and thriving in your bathroom. The warm moist environment is a nice home for them to grow. If there are several people who share a bathroom, then the germs that they carry join the party. All surfaces are subject to contamination including the walls and the floor. Kill the germs and declare victory! However, the war is never over. Regular cleaning of all surfaces with a germ-killing cleaner is necessary. Let’s visit some bathroom surfaces and meet some germs that like to live there.
Meet E-coli, a germ that lives in the digestive tracts of infected humans and animals. If a person infected with E-coli does not wash their fecal contaminated hands after using the toilet they can spread the germ to any other surfaces. Symptoms of an E-coli infection include stomach cramps, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea.
Meet Staphylococcus Aureus, a bacteria that is often found on human skin as well as in the nose and in the respiratory tract. It’s a common cause of skin infections. It’s very important to have clean sinks and towels if you have cuts on your hands so as not to introduce harmful bacteria to them.
Meet tinea pedis, a skin infection caused by fungus. You may know this condition as athletes foot. A very contagious condition that results in red, scaly, and itchy feet. To minimize the spread of this fungus keep the bathtub and floors clean and don’t share towels. Also treat any foot infections immediately.
The Toothbrush Holder
Meet the cold and flu viruses. Cold and flu viruses can live on hard surfaces for hours. A sneeze can travel over six feet and cover a large area. It may be better to keep your toothbrush in a drawer or closet. Also, consider sanitizing your toothbrush regularly.
The Walls and Floors
All of the above and more can end up on the walls and floor. A sneeze, a splash from a flush, a splash from the sink are common occurrences. And when you walk out of the bathroom, you carry germs into other rooms on your feet. Keep that in mind when you put your feet up on the coffee table.
Before you go, don’t forget to clean the doorknob. A surface that gets overlooked often.