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Healthy Home Cleaning & Safety Tips: Bathroom

Dani Caruso
By Dani Caruso

Our home is our safe haven. It is the place we retreat to day in and day out, and it is important to be aware of the dangers various products pose to our households if we want to maintain a safe environment.

The bathroom is a petri dish for mold and bacteria to grow, and if you use potent chemicals to combat washroom grime, there can be major consequences for your health. Fortunately, it’s simple to uphold a healthy and happy bathroom with these few easy tips:

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Repair Caulk and Damaged Tiles

Prevent mold from growing behind the walls by replacing failing caulk and cracked tiles.

 

Toss the Vinyl 

Replace vinyl shower curtains with washable nylon or polyester ones. Vinyl curtains can contain phthalates, which may be hazardous.

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Use Plant-Based Cleaning Products

Avoid using cleaners made with ammonia, chlorine, or petroleum, as they irritate the skin and are harmful to the lungs. Instead, use natural alternatives made from plants that are chemical-free, but are just as tough on filth.

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Upgrade to a Filtered Shower Head

Swap your old-school shower head for a filtered one that removes chlorine and sediments (your hair will thank you).

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Vent Out the Moisture

Combat mold by running your ceiling vent fan during and after every shower. This helps dehumidify the room and vents mildew-attracting air outside. Install a switch timer to save energy and set it to at least 20 minutes for sufficient ventilation.

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Keep Your Toothbrush Off the Counter

All dental hygiene products – toothbrush, toothpaste, retainers, etc…- should be kept away in a cabinet or drawer. This prevents germs (like from when you flush the toilet, ew) from contaminating things and leaves your counter space with a clean look.

 

Install a Shower Grab Bar

Soap + water + a smooth surface = the recipe for an unexpected slip. It’s best to be cautious and have a grab bar to hang onto in the event of a fall (we’re looking at you, shower singers, who put on a whole production when you step into the tub).

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Dani Caruso
By Dani Caruso
Dani is House One’s assistant editor. As a Norwalk, CT native, Dani graduated from UConn with a BA in Digital Media and Design. This millennial longs for the days of All That, Tamagotchis, and Dunkaroos. When she’s not working, she’s hanging outdoors, playing with her dogs, or watching makeup tutorials on YouTube.

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