With autumn in full swing and winter on the horizon, maintaining good hygiene becomes even more crucial at this time of year.
For many of us, the pandemic is still very much in our minds. And when coupled with the usual rise in colds and flu right now, more of us will be looking at ways to protect our health and well-being during the colder months ahead.
It’s important to take extra precautions to protect yourself and your loved ones over winter, and nowhere is this more crucial than in the bathroom. As a humid and busy traffic environment, unfortunately, the bathroom is a place where germs can easily thrive.
Yet, by striking a balance between a clean and well-ventilated space, The Bathroom Showroom offers several effective strategies to boost bathroom hygiene and safeguard the health of all users.
The Immune System Concerning Bathroom Hygiene
The immune system plays a vital role in defending our bodies against harmful bacteria and viruses. So, by everyone practising good bathroom hygiene, we can support our immune systems while reducing the risk of infections. The cleanliness and humidity levels of this space all have an impact on immune health.
Maintaining Cleanliness Is The Foundation of Good Bathroom Hygiene
A clean bathroom is the first step towards ensuring good hygiene.
Regularly cleaning and disinfecting surfaces, such as countertops, basins, and toilet seats, can help eliminate germs and prevent the spread of illnesses.
This also involves paying extra attention to frequently touched areas such as door handles and taps.
The Role of Humidity in Bathroom Hygiene
Humidity levels in the bathroom can impact the growth of bacteria and mould. So, to maintain optimal hygiene, it's important to control this room's humidity levels.
Make good use of your bathroom ventilation fan and continue to use it throughout the winter months. Also, where possible, open the bathroom window to reduce moisture build-up throughout the day.
Additionally, regular ventilation can also help eliminate odours and maintain a pleasant environment.
The Impact of COVID-19 on Bathroom Hygiene
The COVID-19 pandemic increased much of our awareness about the importance of hygiene practices, including proper handwashing. In the bathroom, these practices continue to remain essential in preventing the spread of such viruses. With all users of this space using good hand-washing practices, everyone can contribute to ensure a healthier environment here.
Paying Attention to High-Touch Areas: Door Handles and Taps
Door handles and taps in the bathroom are often overlooked when it comes to cleaning. Yet, these high-touch areas can harbour a significant amount of bacteria and viruses. So, it's crucial to incorporate these areas into your regular bathroom cleans. Regularly disinfecting these surfaces can help minimise the risk of spreading.
Preventing Colds and Flu in the Bathroom
The winter season is notorious for colds and flu. But, to protect yourself and your family from these common illnesses, there are several preventative measures you can take, including:
- Washing your hands frequently with soap and water
- Avoiding touching your face, especially your eyes, nose, and mouth
- Using tissues or your elbow to cover your mouth and nose when sneezing or coughing
- Disposing of used tissues promptly and properly
- Keeping hand sanitisers readily available in your bathroom
Protect Your Health and Well-Being This Winter
Boosting bathroom hygiene goes a long way in protecting all family members' health and well-being, especially during the winter months. By maintaining cleanliness, controlling humidity, and practising proper hand-washing hygiene, you can reduce the risk of infections as the winter takes hold.
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If you’re looking for further help with creating a beautiful healthy bathroom space, book an appointment with The Bathroom Showroom. Experts in all things bathrooms, we can help turn your dream bathroom into a reality.