how to reduce bacteria in your bathroom

Healthy Home Guide: How To Reduce Bacteria In Your Bathroom

In our Healthy Home Guide, we share tips to make your house cleaner, safer and better for you and your family.

Keep germs at bay in your bathroom with these bacteria-fighting products.

1. A touch-free faucet makes avoiding germs easy. Oft-touched surfaces are hotbeds of germ activity, but this Scandi-inspired faucet, which comes in a super chic matte black and was designed by fashion star Jason Wu, makes it easy to avoid picking up unwanted visitors. Proximity-sensing technology allows the faucet to detect your presence, so it doesn’t waste battery power or water. And it can operate by single touch, too.

2. Next time you’re cleaning the bathroom, switch out toxic chemicals for more natural ingredients. In these offerings from Method, lactic acid helps dissolve soap scum and citric acid is a toilet-cleaning powerhouse.

3. Don’t keep your toothbrush in a cup where it can pick up bacteria. Store it in this cool egg-shaped device, which zaps bristles with a six-minute course of UV light strong enough to kill 99.9 per cent of H1N1, salmonella and E. coli.

4. Banish damp towels, which can harbor mold and mildew, in favor of a quick dry option. These organic cotton bath towels are medium-weight (550 grams per square meter), so they’re plush and cozy, but dry quickly.

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Stacy Lee Kong
House & Home May 2014
1. Single-handle lavatory faucet, Brizo (Available exclusively in showroom). 2. Antibacterial toilet bowl cleaner, $5, daily shower spray, $4, Method Home. 3. Zapi UV toothbrush sanitizer, $40, Violife. 4. Air Weight towels, $48 each, Coyuchi.