If you’re the same with other people, you regularly spend an average of 30 minutes to an hour in your bathroom every day. You want to have all you need to perform your morning and evening bathroom routines as easily as possible. But what if many of the stuff you’re keeping in the bathroom don’t belong there? You might be cluttering up your bathroom space but also increase the chances of getting sick from bacteria and mold if you put certain items in the incorrect spot. To minimize both mess and these risks, here are a number of items you should not keep in your bathroom.
1. Towels and Bathrobe
Many individuals hang their towels in a bathroom cabinet or shelf and hang their bathrobe there, too. But keeping fabrics in a warm, moist environment such as a bathroom can be dangerous for your health. Damp towels will collect germs and bacteria, which will eventually transmit to your skin when you use them. This particularly applies to your bathrobe. If possible, 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 put their toothbrushes by the bathroom sink. The only downside is that every time you flush your toilet, bacteria gets blown into the air, where it might land on your toothbrush, which then goes in your mouth. If you think about it, it’s pretty nasty. Experts recommend keeping your toothbrush inside a drawer or cabinet, preferably. What is more, close your toilet lid before you flush – every time!
3. Cosmetics and Nail Polish
You’re probably storing your makeup and nail polish in the bathroom, but that may not be the best home for them. Cosmetic products will go bad quickly in damp environments, and cosmetic sponges can become a breeding ground for bacteria. Nail polish will also expire faster if exposed to temperature swings and humidity. For this reason, it’s best 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 easily when introduced to humid air like that in a bathroom. Even though gold won’t tarnish, it’s still a good idea to leave your jewelry somewhere cool and dry at all times. Keep your jewelry in a box in a bedroom drawer or your closet.
5. Prescription Medication
It’s a bit funny that so many individuals have a medicine cabinet in the bathroom, but you may have to think twice about it. The majority of medications should be stored somewhere dry to remain effective and not expire too soon. Since the bathroom can be humid all the time, your medication may go bad or lose effectiveness in a matter of days. 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, eventually growing mold if not handled correctly. Furthermore, this moisture can damage your pictures, leading them to swell and curl prematurely. A humid bathroom will cause permanent damage to both photos and books, so keep them somewhere else in the home.
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