4 sinister germs that could be living in your bathroom

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When you clean your bathroom, do you pay special attention to certain areas or do you simply wipe over the surface? The truth is, as clean as it may appear to be, it is one of the rooms in your home that has the most germs.

If you have heard plenty of bathroom cleaning tips along the way, it’s time to start putting them to action because the bathroom is more than meets the eye.

The truth is, your bathroom is chockfull of harmful germs and bacteria, all of which can cause unpleasant illnesses that can so easily be avoided by paying attention to your cleaning regime. Here are five sinister germs that could potentially inhabit your bathroom:


This nasty virus can be found on the toilet seat and door handle and it is spread by touching your nose, eyes or mouth after coming into contact with a contaminated surface. It’s described as nasty because it’s responsible for causing painful stomach upsets in humans. Symptoms of norovirus include diarrhoea, vomiting and stomach cramps. It cannot be treated with antibiotics, so the best course of action is to keep hydrated and wait it out. By keeping surfaces such as door handles and toilet seats properly disinfected you can minimise the threat of infection.

Athlete’s Foot

This fungus is most commonly found on the floor of your shower. However, it is more prominent in public restroom facilities than in your household. It can affect people of all ages and results in the development of an itchy red rash between the toes. Unless it is severe and requires something a little bit stronger, the best option when it comes to treating Athlete’s Foot is to use over-the-counter anti-fungal products. To make sure your shower is free from this fungus, make sure you implement a good cleaning regime in your bath and shower.


Washing your hands correctly is something that cannot be stressed enough. Therefore, teaching your kids how to wash their hands and when to do so is important. Shigella are bacteria that are easily passed on when an infected person’s faeces contaminates surfaces such as the toilet handle, toilet seat and door handle. Prevention is key to combating the spread of Shigella which can cause nasty symptoms such as severe diarrhoea and abdominal pain that can last up to seven days.


Streptococcus is commonly found on most bathroom surfaces and is responsible for causing a sore throat, often accompanied with white pus on the tonsils. Those who are stressed or who have compromised immune systems will be more likely to contract the infection. By limiting contact with contaminated surfaces, you can reduce the chances of contracting the infection therefore it is important to develop a good cleaning routine.

The good news is that all four of these germs can be kept at bay by practising good bathroom hygiene like washing your hands, wearing flip-flops when showering in unfamiliar places, avoiding sharing towels and cleaning your toilet, shower, sink and bathtub with a trustworthy multi-purpose bleach.