Know the Germ Hotspots in Your Bathroom

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For good bathroom hygiene, make sure to pay particular attention to the germ hotspots.

Did you know that while your toilet bowl is likely to contain bacteria and other germs, they are not the only places in the bathroom to consider.

Here are the 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 top of mind. Regularly clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces using an anti-bacterial cleaner.

Cloths and sponges

Bathroom cleaning cloths and bathing sponges can harbour germs if they remain damp. Regularly clean reuseable cloths, flannels and sponges by laundering separately on a hot wash (greater than 60°C)1 or use a laundry sanitiser.

Don’t forget to wash your hands

The hands are a frequent cause of cross contamination in the home. Be sure the whole family are washing their hands. To wash efficiently, wet your hands, apply soap, rub your hands together for at least 30 seconds ensuring total coverage with lather, not forgetting nails and thumbs. Rinse well with water. Dry your hands with a clean towel.

Hands should be washed:

  • After using the toilet
  • Before eating and after eating
  • After playing with a pet or animal
  • After coughing, sneezing or blowing your nose
  • After touching something potentially contaminated (e.g. chewed pencils, used tissue, etc.)
  • After being out and about, gardening, or playing outside

1 Bockmulh, D. P. (2017). Laundry Hygiene – how to get more than clean. Journal of Applied Microbiology, 122, p. 1124-1133.

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