The bathroom is more than a place where we go to answer the major calls of nature or to get our bodies cleansed. It’s a place where we go to answer other private calls we cannot take in the presence of our roommates. And even unintentionally, we find ourselves sitting there for hours, surfing the internet, while reluctant to get up.
The privacy we enjoy there also helps us brainstorm ideas sometimes. Also, some of us visit and choose to stay in the bathroom when we are out of ideas and need inspiration from the toilet seat. From projects to papers to social media posts, many times they are created, discovered and refined in that unusual place.
As much as it might seem like a solution to a creativity block, not all papers are written easily. I still remember how I use to get help to write my papers when the toilet seat failed to inspire me.
However, the bathroom is also surprisingly a meeting place for various micro-organisms of various origins and species. From bacteria to even fungi, the bathroom houses various organisms and could also be a breeding spot if not properly or regularly cleaned.
To be fair, not all these microbes are detrimental. Some are harmless and others can even prove to be beneficial. However, this doesn’t eliminate the fact that if their existence is not controlled or eliminated, the bathroom could be a center for contracting new diseases that could be lethal.
It will interest you to know that there are some spots that we miss when cleaning the bathroom. I’m not just referring to corners or hidden chests but buttons and spots that we cannot help but run our fingers on.
Here are some of the spots that we almost always forget to clean:
- The Light Switch
It takes just one click to activate, and another to deactivate but think of how many fingers have touched the switch to effect that. I pose no judgment because I cannot remember the last time I cleaned the switch in my own room, let alone the dorm bathroom.
So rather than feeling judged, why not grab a cotton swab and use some washing liquid to clean it now.
- The Door Knobs
Door knobs are the most handled thing. They are used when going into a room when leaving a room and are sometimes held on to unconsciously.
Like the light switch, the number of hands that have held and fondled the bathroom doorknobs is numerous and untraceable. Hence, the number of microbes there are also uncountable and they need to be cleaned regularly
- The Shower Drain
It seems like a no-brainer but it is still amazing how easily forgettable this spot is. Shower drains are the sieve-like structures located on the bathroom floor that prevent large particles from passing through. However, some particles like dirt, soap scum, or hair could pass and thereby, cause a drain blockage.
This drain blockage is mostly prevalent in female dorms due to their hair being longer. Moreover, the soap scum makes the hair stick to the drain walls more than it normally would, thereby worsening the situation.
- The Shower Curtains
These pieces of clothing are surprisingly rarely cared for, despite the fact that they are victims to soap and water splashes that contain particles that water might wash away but not perfectly cleanse.
- The Shower Heads
You may feel like this is one of the few fixtures in the bathroom that you need to give attention to, but on the other hand, it needs just as much attention as any other spot in the bathroom.
If you take a look at the showerhead while the water is running and see a few clogged spots plumbing glossary, that’s a go-sign to clean the showerhead.
- The Toilet Handle or Base
Just like the doorknob and the light switch, so many fingers have come in contact with this structure too, and some of these fingers were contaminated. However, people remember to clean the toilet bowl but pay less attention to the handle.
- The Trash cans
There is little or no explanation needed on why the trash can should be cleaned. It’s simple, it’s a trash can; a central hub for microorganisms, and hence, should be cleaned regularly.
When it comes to cleaning, it is quite frankly, almost impossible for there to be a 100% eradication of dirt and microorganisms. Still, there should be a considerable amount of cleaning that ensures the safety of the people who come in contact with these surfaces or spaces.