Ads portraying bacteria are usually comic personifications of creatures with sharp teeth, a terrible grin, scaly skin and a really bad attitude! And while these may appear funny, they indeed catch the essence of the harmful bacteria and what it’s going to do to your space. The bacteria may not have teeth in reality but they are harmful and persistent, and you should take all measures possible to get rid of them.
What are the most common bacteria in the bathroom?
Several types of bacteria that pollute out bathrooms are:
E-coli – This bacteria is normally found in the feces and intestinal tracts of humans and most animals. While mostly harmless, there are a few strains which cause disease as they produce toxins in the body. Symptoms following are stomach cramps, vomiting and diarrhea and mild fevers. All these usually subside within a week.
Second-hand infection with E-coli may arise from eating raw beef and raw produce contaminated with animal feces; you can also get E-coli from being in proximity to someone who has the infection.
Salmonellosis (infection from salmonella) occurs when this bacteria is ingested. You are at risk of getting salmonella if you don’t close the lid before flushing or if you don’t wash your hands properly after using the toilet. The symptoms of salmonella poisoning include nausea, headaches, stomach cramps, vomiting and diarrhea.
Campylobacter is a bacteria present in feces. It can be transformed through eating contaminated food. Further, campylobacter can be transferred through hand-to-mouth from infected people and surfaces. Symptoms of poisoning include nausea, headaches, severe abdominal pain, vomiting and diarrhea. You’ll find this bacteria in kittens and puppies, usually. So, make sure your kids wash hands and preferably take a bath after coming into contact with puppies or kittens.
Streptococcus can lead to streptococcus disease. It is a common infection and it can lead to more serious health problems such as rheumatic fever or kidney disease. A “strep throat” is the most common ailment occurring from streptococcus. The good news is that this infection can be avoided, as is the case with most of the infections from common bacteria in the bathroom. Proper hygiene of the bathroom is the first step to dealing with all the bacteria living there.
How do I stop bacteria from spreading in the bathroom?
Here are some of the best advice you can get to stop germs in the bathroom.
Always wash hands after you do your business
This, hopefully, isn’t even something you should be reminded of. Still – washing your hands after going to the toilet or changing the diaper is an absolute must. Further, if you come in contact with blood, saliva, nasal secretions, urine, vomit and other fluids – wash your hands! Also – after you clean any area of the bathroom, wash your hands then too.
Personal mouth hygiene
NEVER share a toothbrush with anyone nor let your toothbrush make contact with other toothbrushes from the holder, either. If all of you have the same-type toothbrushes, color-code them so you know whose is which. Another thing you can do is either place plastic caps on each toothbrush, or keep them in separate holders. Also, replace your toothbrush regularly, especially if you’ve had a cold or any other illness.
Always flush with the lid down
Microbiology specialists claim that flushing the toilet with the lid up is bad for your bathroom (and your) hygiene as the polluted water vapor erupts out of the flushing toilet bowl. It can take hours for these particles to settle – and not to mention where. “If you have your toothbrush too close to the toilet, you are brushing your teeth with what’s in your toilet”, explain microbiology specialists.
Mind the towels
Color-coding your towels is one of the tricks to prevent germs from invading your bathroom. Separating hand towels from bath towels will prevent the swap of viruses among the folks. If you don’t want to color-code then place a label above each towel hook to know what it is for.
Scrub the inside of the toilet bowl.
Make it your house chore priority to scrub the inside of the toilet at least couple of times a week. Use products that contain bleach.
Have regular bathroom inspections by your plumber
Hidden pipes in our bathrooms can be the source of much bacteria and germs which is why you need to keep them in order. Always have your emergency plumber’s number close, so you can contact him whenever you think something’s off.
It is no surprise that harmful bacteria rule bathrooms, both public and your home bathroom. Just, mind the hygiene and you’ll be okay.