It’s true, we all like to keep most of our items in the bathroom where we need them the most. Like our makeup, razors, and even our magazines. Well, it turned out to be a bad habit that we should change as soon as possible. You are not only making your space look smaller, but you are also putting your health at a risk.
Maybe the time has come to re-organize your bathroom. Prepare your gloves and let’s clean out each item that should not be located between these four walls. Here are the 9 shocking items that should never be left in the bathroom.
#1 – Medication
Let’s begin with the very obvious category that we all know should be secured away, but we keep in our bathroom cabinets instead. According to a health and safety investigator at ConsumerSafety.org, Morgan Statt, the humidity and high heat of showers and baths can negatively harm their effectiveness.
Plus, kids and teenagers could get in there and play around with them in a way that could be extremely dangerous, especially if you keep prescription meds there. Just get them out of there and put them in your bedroom nightstand instead where you can lock them.
#2 – Extra razors
There are many people who like to buy their razor blades in bulk, which is not a bad idea. But when they decide to hide the extras in the bathroom, then they are throwing them all in the trash already.
Due to the humidity, the razors can dull and rust the blades before they even get opened. If you can’t think of any better place to store them, then put them in a plastic bag, tighten it and make sure it is away from the moisture.
#3 – Makeup
The best lighting for makeup in the house is located in the bathroom, we admit it. But you should not leave them there, including the brushes. The humidity, steam, and high temperature encourage mold growth and make the makeup products expire fast.
Plus, your makeup brushes will be picking germs up that you will later put on your face… gross!
#4 – Toothbrush
Yes, it seems like it is impossible to put it somewhere else, but whenever you keep it in your bathroom, you increase its risk of growing bacteria all over it. Flushing the toilet with the seat up causes all the bacteria and germs from your “waste” to spray around all over the bathroom, and some of them land on your toothbrush.
So if you don’t want any of those things to end up inside your mouth, put down the toilet seat before you flush, and keep your toothbrush in a dry space in your bedroom, like your dresser.
#5 – Paintings
We spend a lot of time in our bathroom, so why not decorate it, right?
Well, our paintings and all of our 18th and 19th centuries’ antique wooden objects will not be in a safe place there due to the humidity that will crack the paint, shrink and expand the wood.
The only way you can put up decorations in your bathroom is when it is too large that even mirrors don’t get fogged up when you shower.
#6 – Photos
The steamy bathrooms can really damage the photographs and your limited-edition prints. The humidity will be trapped between the glass and the picture, causing the mold to grow.
The picture will end up with brown spots and the paper will start cockle, ruining the whole frame. Not to mention the water droplets dripping because of humidity that will cause water stains and damages.
Do you really want to decorate the bathroom? Then pick objects made of ceramics, stone, and glass. These forms of art don’t get affected by humidity and last longer.
#7 – Jewelry
Unless your favorite bangles are made of pure gold, the bathroom should not be their home. Any object that is made out of various metals can be ruined quickly by humidity. Plus, you are putting a risk of dropping your expensive jewelry down the drain. In general, the bathroom is the last place where you should keep your bangles.
#8 – Books
We honestly enjoy catching up on our favorite books when we are willing to stay in the bathroom a little longer than usual, so we keep them there.
Well, you shouldn’t do it anymore because the humidity will cause most papers to swell, cockle, and stick together. Also, the mold will definitely start growing. You may end up saying goodbye to your book before you even get to finish it.
#9 – Laundry, damp towels, and mats
Clean, dry towels have to be in the bathroom, but the dirty laundry and damp towels should definitely be out of there because they trap moisture, which could lead to a mold problem. Also, the bathmats have to be dried up after every use, and remember to wash them regularly.
In order to keep all your belongings fresh, do your best to ventilate the bathroom very well, and run a fan for 30 minutes at least after you take a shower. Or, you can just open doors and windows around your home until everything is all dried up.
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