10 Bathroom Habits That Could Be Wrecking Your Health

In an ordinary bathroom, the toilet bowl alone contains 3.2 million bacteria. With bad habits, we can spread all those germs everywhere even without realizing what we’re doing. As a result, we might have skin with acne or an upset stomach.

We at Bright Side got curious about which mistakes we make every day in our bathroom and how we can escape them.

1. Shaving your bikini area

It is natural to have hair in our bikini area. First of all, they contain pheromones that attract the opposite gender. Second, they protect you from foreign bacteria.

Also, when we shave there, we can damage the skin a lot.

What we need to do:

  1. If you like your body to be totally clean down there, use special women’s shaving equipment, like a woman’s razor and shaving cream for intimate hygiene. Soap is not the most suitable solution, since the skin is very sensitive.
  2. There are better ways of getting rid hair down there like waxing, for example. If you’re interested in alternative methods like waxing, don’t do it by yourself go to a specialist instead.

2. Using a loofah

Using a loofah is only good when it’s new. It scrubs your dead skin cells off, which get into the sponge and stay there. Normally when you are done with washing and scrubbing, you leave the loofah in the bathroom. This is the perfect moment for bacteria to cultivate.

Each time you leave your loofah after washing, bacteria continues to grow. So when you use it the next time, the dirt gets back on your body.

What you need to do:

  1. Replace it more often.
  2. Let it dry and don’t leave it in the bathroom.
  3. Use reusable items, like washcloths.
  4. Don’t use a loofah, but exfoliate your skin twice a week.

3. Missing some spots when washing your body in the shower

Your body is protected from bacteria and acne only when it is clean. And it should be totally clean. The area we most often skip washing in the shower is the back, the scalp, the bottom of your feet, and behind your ears.

What you need to do:

Get special brushes for these parts that will remind you that you can’t skip washing them.

4. Leaving your toothbrush on the counter

The bathroom is not the cleanest area in home and it is better to not even try to imagine how many bacteria live there. Nobody wants their toothbrushes to be attacked with germs and lots of counters in bathrooms are located close to a toilet, which makes it a risk zone.

What you need to do:

  1. Find a safe place to keep your toothbrush that is far from the toilet.
  2. Replace your toothbrush every 3 months.

5. Taking gadgets into the bathroom

Approximately 90% of people take their gadgets into the bathroom. Yes, we clean our hands, but we don’t clean our phone after having some time on the toilet. After that, we might take our phone with us during lunch and put it on a table.

What you need to do:

If you are bored in the bathroom, keep a game in there. For example, it could be a Rubik’s Cube, but even then, don’t forget to wash it.

6. Using a towel for your face

Even if you have a special towel for your face, still it can be very dangerous, especially for people with skin problems. Each time you use the same towel to dry your face and then leave it wet. This creates the perfect environment for cultivating bacteria.

What you need to do:

Use disposable towels. It will save your skin, plus you won’t need to wash more towels.

7. Leaving wet towels hanging in the bathroom

Humidity and bacteria make the bathroom the worst place to keep your towel. It is not a very good idea to hang it there after just taking a shower and drying yourself off.

What you need to do:

  1. Take your wet towel with you and hang it in a dry, fresh spot, so your next shower won’t be spoiled with the bad smell of a damp towel.
  2. Change your towel each time after bathing.

8. Sitting on the toilet longer than 15 minutes

Yes, sometimes we end up reading a book, playing games, or just sitting too long on the toilet. According to researchers, this is unhealthy because extra pressure on those veins produces hemorrhoids that can lead to bleeding.

What you need to do:

  1. You should use your toilet only when there is a real need.
  2. It is better to not take any gadgets or books with you so you don’t forget about the time, especially if you have hemorrhoids.

9. Flushing the toilet while the lid is up

When you flush a toilet with an open lid, the swirling water mixes with small particles of waste and sprays into the air. Germs can get onto your towel, your sink, and even your toothbrush.

What you need to do:

Make it a habit to close the lid. If you forget about it all the time, make a sticker to remind yourself.

10. Putting your hair on top of your head as you shampoo

If you notice while combing your hair that it gets tangled, even after using a conditioner, you may not be washing it correctly. Pay attention to whether you pile your wet hair on top of your head after shampooing.

What you need to do:

  1. The best way to shampoo is to leave your hair in whatever way it naturally falls.
  2. Massage your scalp, but not the rest of your hair.

Did you find any useful information for yourself? Which other bad bathroom habits could we be practicing without understanding that they’re bad for us? Please share your comments below!

Illustrated by Igor Polushin for Bright Side
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