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6 Surprising Things That Don’t Belong in the Bathroom

Towels Neatly Folded in a Linen Closet If you’re like most people, you typically spend an average of 30 minutes to an hour in your bathroom every day. As you complete your morning and evening bathroom routines, you want to have everything you need conveniently at hand. However, what if some of those items you’re keeping in the bathroom don’t belong there? By placing some 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 prevent both mess and these risks, here is a list of things you should not keep in your bathroom.

1.       Towels and Bathrobe

Various people stock their towels in a bathroom cabinet or shelf and hang their bathrobe there, as well. However, keeping fabrics in a warm, moist environment like a bathroom cannot be good for your health. Damp towels will trap germs and bacteria, which will then pass to your skin when you use them. This applies especially to your bathrobe. Preferably, try to keep your clean towels in a linen closet outside the bathroom and store your bathrobe in the bedroom.

2.       Your Toothbrushes

Most people keep their toothbrushes by the bathroom sink. The main issue is that every time you flush your toilet, bacteria gets splashed into the air and can settle on your toothbrush – which then goes in your mouth. Absolutely terrible, if you come to think of it. Experts recommend keeping your toothbrush inside a drawer or cabinet, ideally. And close your toilet lid before you flush – every time!

3.       Cosmetics and Nail Polish

You’re most likely storing your makeup and nail polish in the bathroom, but that may not be the best home for them. Cosmetic products will turn stale rapidly in damp environments, and cosmetic sponges can become a breeding ground for bacteria. Nail polish will also dry up faster if exposed to temperature swings and humidity. That being the case, it’s advisable to store makeup and nail polish in a cool, dry spot, like a bedroom drawer, for example.

4.       Your Jewelry

Silver jewelry does not turn out well in moist environments and can tarnish quickly when exposed to humid air like that in a bathroom. While gold won’t tarnish, it’s still essential to put your jewelry someplace that is both cool and dry. It would be best to place your jewelry in a box in a bedroom drawer or your closet.

5.       Prescription Medication

It’s a little weird how several individuals have a medicine cabinet in the bathroom, yet you might need to think twice about it. For certain medications to remain effective and not expire too early, they should be placed someplace dry. Since the bathroom can be humid regularly, it might trigger your medication to go bad or lose effectiveness in a very short amount of time. Placing 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, someday growing mold if not kept properly. And this moisture will destroy your pictures, making them swell and curl prematurely. A humid bathroom will give rise to permanent damage to both photos and books, so it’s ideal for putting these things somewhere else in your home.


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