If you’re a typical person, you probably spend an average of 30 minutes to an hour in your bathroom every day. As doing your morning and evening bathroom routines, you want to have everything you need easily at reach. But what if a few of those things you’re keeping in the bathroom don’t belong there? By placing certain things in the wrong place, you could not only be cluttering up your bathroom space but also increase the chances of getting sick from bacteria and mold. To reduce both mess and these risks, below is a set of items you should not keep in your bathroom.
1. Towels and Bathrobe
Most people place their towels in a bathroom cabinet or shelf and hang their bathrobe there, too. Yet, keeping fabrics in a warm, moist environment such as a bathroom can harm your health. Damp towels will acquire germs and bacteria, which will eventually be passed to your skin after utilizing them. This is especially true for your bathrobe. That’s why it is advisable to keep your clean towels in a linen closet outside the bathroom and store your bathrobe in the bedroom.
2. Your Toothbrushes
Most of the family members put their toothbrushes by the bathroom sink. The main problem is that every time you flush your toilet, bacteria gets sprayed up into the air and may remain on your toothbrush – which eventually goes in your mouth. Extremely bad if you just realized that now. 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 probably storing your makeup and nail polish in the bathroom, but that may not be the best home for them. Cosmetic products can get old quickly in damp environments, and cosmetic sponges can become a breeding ground for bacteria. Nail polish will also expire sooner if exposed to temperature swings and humidity. That is the reason it is advisable to store makeup and nail polish in a cool, dry spot, like a bedroom drawer, for instance.
4. Your Jewelry
Silver jewelry does not survive in moist environments and can tarnish immediately when exposed to humid air like that in a bathroom. Even though gold won’t tarnish, it’s still a good idea to keep your jewelry someplace that is both cool and dry from the start. It would be wonderful to put your jewelry in a box in a bedroom drawer or your closet.
5. Prescription Medication
It’s a bit unusual how most people have a medicine cabinet in the bathroom, but you may want to think twice about it. For many medications to remain effective and not expire ahead of time, they should be placed somewhere dry. Since the bathroom can be humid often, it can cause your medication to go bad or lose effectiveness in a couple of days. Putting 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 placed in the proper spot. And this moisture will destroy your pictures, making them swell and curl prematurely. A humid bathroom can result in permanent damage to both photos and books; therefore, it’s advisable to keep these valuable elsewhere in your house.
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