We are all guilty of this. You do something for so long, you don’t even consider that there might be a better, less icky, way to do it. It’s time to go around your house and look at the way you store those everyday items. Once you think it through, you might be a little grossed out. Here are five of the most common items you’re storing in unsanitary ways.
You’ve got it in a little holder by the sink, right? Sounds perfectly innocuous. But if the sink happens to be right next to the toilet, as it often is, you’re in trouble. Every time the toilet flushes, tiny drops of toilet water spray everywhere. The spray is so fine you can’t feel it, but those germy particles have quite a range. Move the holder as far away from the toilet as possible; to the other side of the sink, a windowsill, or up in the medicine cabinet.
As long as we’re in the bathroom, let’s discuss your towel. If you’re like many people, you use your towel a few times before it goes in the laundry. If you keep your towel on the bar next to the shower, it most likely houses a fleet of extra germs. Keeping your towel in the bathroom allows it to retain moisture, and, hanging in one of the germiest rooms of the house, breeds bacteria like crazy. Install a towel bar in your bedroom closet or consider the lazy version—tossing it over the closet door to dry.
The makeup brush.
The problem with this item is not really where you’re storing it, but rather how. Do you wash your brush? Every few months? Never? If you don’t wash it regularly (once every week or two), a whole host of grossness will accumulate. Bacteria will grow, not only from the makeup itself, but from your oils and skin cells, as well as dirt and germs from the surrounding area. It’s also a good idea to keep makeup applicators in clean plastic bags for storage.
Hello, kitchen: the other bacteria-laden room of your home. We all know we should change our sponges every month (right?), but what about the way we store them? Leaving a sponge out on the counter allows it to stay damp and, once again, bacteria festers. By using a slotted tray or sponge holder (and there are some cute ones out there), you allow it to dry more thoroughly between uses, cutting down on the spread of germs.
Eggs and milk.
People frequently keep these items in the door of the fridge; after all, there’s a nice little spot for them. However, the door of the refrigerator does not stay as cold as the main area. Quickly perishable foods like milk and eggs have a longer shelf life if kept out of the door.
You may now feel the need to don rubber gloves and douse every inch of your place in bleach. No need to go crazy, just take a moment to consider the little things we can change to improve our health around the house.