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We all know that the bathroom is one of the most bacteria-ridden areas in the home, but these six spots in particular are extra germy.

Your toothbrush.

Toothbrushes are damp and placed in your mouth twice per day, making them a perfect bacteria breeding ground. Replace yours every 2-3 months to stay as sanitary as possible. Take it a step further by storing your toothbrush in anti-bacterial mouthwash between uses.

The bathtub.

It turns out the place you clean yourself isn’t so clean after all. Despite the amount of soap that comes in contact with your tub on a daily basis, it is still one of the dirtiest surfaces in your bathroom. According to WebMD, a recent study found staph bacteria in more than 25% of the tubs they tested.

Shower curtains.

Shower curtains are known to collect mold, especially when they are left open in between showers. Stretching out the curtain from end to end helps it dry off faster and can ward off mildew growth.

Body sponges.

Not only does bacteria from your body cling to your loofah, its constant dampness makes it a hotspot for mildew. Keep clean by replacing yours every 2-4 weeks.

Floor mats.

Mats outside of the tub save our floors from getting wet, but they can get moldy if you don’t hang them up to dry in between showers. Make sure to wash yours weekly to keep it fresh – rubber mats can be cleaned in the dishwasher; cloth ones can be thrown in the washing machine.

Toilet bowl.

The toilet bowl seems like an obvious answer here, but its effects are probably worse than you think. Flushing a toilet with the lid up can send fecal matter flying throughout your bathroom; covering your walls, floor, and even your toothbrush.

Patterson Plumbing is Pueblo County’s most-trusted plumbing service. Some of our specialties include drain cleaning, plumbing repairs, hot water heater installations, sewer line replacement, home heating and cooling solutions, and more. If you live in Pueblo, Colorado or the surrounding area, contact us online to schedule a service, or give us a call at (719) 544-4922.

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