If you’re similar to many people, you commonly spend an average of 30 minutes to an hour in your bathroom every day. As you conduct your morning and evening bathroom routines, you need to have everything you need conveniently nearby. But what if some of the belongings you’re keeping in the bathroom don’t belong there? By placing such objects in the wrong spot, you could not only be cluttering up your bathroom space but also increase the chances of getting sick from bacteria and mold. To eliminate both mess and these risks, here is a rundown of items you should not keep in your bathroom.
1. Towels and Bathrobe
Several people place their towels in a bathroom cabinet or shelf and hang their bathrobe there, as well. However, leaving fabrics in a warm, moist environment like a bathroom might be harmful to your health. Damp towels will attract germs and bacteria, which will later spread to your skin after utilizing them. This applies especially to your bathrobe. Ideally, try to keep your clean towels in a linen closet outside the bathroom and store your bathrobe in the bedroom.
2. Your Toothbrushes
Numerous individuals leave their toothbrushes by the bathroom sink. The only concern is that every time you flush your toilet, bacteria gets blasted up into the air and may sit on your toothbrush, which goes in your mouth later on. Extremely disgusting if you think about it. Experts recommend keeping your toothbrush inside a drawer or cabinet, if possible. Plus, close your toilet lid before you flush – every time!
3. Cosmetics and Nail Polish
You’re certainly storing your makeup and nail polish in the bathroom, but that may not be the best home for them. Cosmetic products will expire swiftly in damp environments, and cosmetic sponges can become a breeding ground for bacteria. Nail polish will also spoil quicker if subjected to temperature swings and humidity. Because of that, it’s a good idea to store makeup and nail polish in a cool, dry spot, like a bedroom drawer, for example.
4. Your Jewelry
Silver jewelry does not thrive in moist environments and can tarnish swiftly when laid open to humid air like that in a bathroom. While gold won’t tarnish, it’s still preferable to hold your jewelry someplace that is both cool and dry oftentimes. Consider keeping your jewelry in a box in a bedroom drawer or your closet.
5. Prescription Medication
It’s a bit funny how so many people have a medicine cabinet in the bathroom, but you may want to think twice about it. For most medications to stay effective and not expire too quickly, they should be kept someplace dry. Because the bathroom can be humid so often, it can cause your medication to go bad or lose effectiveness in a relatively short amount of time. Keeping your medications in a kitchen cabinet, out of the reach of small children, is your best option.
6. Books, Photographs, and Art
Paper and photographs do not fare well in the humid air. Paper will absorb moisture, ultimately growing mold if not preserved carefully. Moreover, this moisture will spoil your pictures, causing them to swell and curl prematurely. A humid bathroom can bring about permanent damage to both photos and books; therefore, it’s a good idea to put these items elsewhere in your house.
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