If you’re like the majority of individuals, you usually spend an average of 30 minutes to an hour in your bathroom every day. You want to have everything you need easily accessible while doing your morning and evening bathroom routines. But what if some of the objects you’re keeping in the bathroom don’t belong there? By putting certain items in the wrong location, you could not only be cluttering up your bathroom space but also increase the chances of getting sick from bacteria and mold. To avoid both mess and these risks, here is a list of things you should not keep in your bathroom.
1. Towels and Bathrobe
Numerous individuals keep their towels in a bathroom cabinet or shelf and hang their bathrobe there, as well. However, putting fabrics in a warm, moist environment like a bathroom might be hazardous for your health. Damp towels will attract germs and bacteria, which will then move to your skin after using them. The same thing is true for your bathrobe. Alternatively, try to keep your clean towels in a linen closet outside the bathroom and store your bathrobe in the bedroom.
2. Your Toothbrushes
The majority of individuals store their toothbrushes by the bathroom sink. The only concern is that every time you flush your toilet, bacteria are blown into the air and may land on your toothbrush – which then goes in your mouth. When you think about it, it’s quite terrible. Experts recommend keeping your toothbrush inside a drawer or cabinet, if possible. And close your toilet lid before you flush – every time!
3. Cosmetics and Nail Polish
You’re maybe storing your makeup and nail polish in the bathroom, but that may not be the best home for them. Cosmetic products spoil fast in damp environments, and cosmetic sponges can become a breeding ground for bacteria. Nail polish will also expire quicker if exposed to temperature swings and humidity. That’s why it’s recommended to store makeup and nail polish in a cool, dry spot, like a bedroom drawer, for example.
4. Your Jewelry
Silver jewelry does not fare well in moist environments and can tarnish quickly when exposed to humid air like that in a bathroom. While gold won’t tarnish, it’s still best to keep your jewelry someplace that is both cool and dry all the time. Consider keeping your jewelry in a box in a bedroom drawer or your closet.
5. Prescription Medication
It’s a little surprising how so many families have a medicine cabinet in the bathroom, but you may want to think twice about it. Most medications should be stored somewhere dry in order to remain effective and not expire too rapidly. Because the bathroom is often humid, your medication might go bad or lose effectiveness in a very short time. Placing 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, eventually growing mold if not stored properly. And this moisture will ruin your pictures, causing them to swell and curl prematurely. A humid bathroom will result in permanent damage to both photos and books, so it’s best to put these items elsewhere in your house.
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