PETERBOROUGH, United Kingdom – A dirty and disgusting bathroom is enough to make anyone squirm, but which place is really the dirtiest? A new study shows that it’s not the toilet and it’s not the sink. Probably the most germinal place in your bathroom is where you hang your towels!
A study and survey conducted by electric heating specialist Rointe shows that the dirtiest area in terms of bacteria and dirt is either a bathroom radiator or a towel rail. Additionally, researchers find that these common places where towels hang to dry are among the places people rarely clean when scrubbing the bathroom.
Researchers explain that damp towels are an ideal breeding ground for harmful microorganisms and bacteria. As a result, towel rails and radiators tend to attract a lot of dust, dirt, mold, and mildew. All of this can lead to irritated skin and even disease in people who do not thoroughly clean these bacterial breeding grounds.
Towel rails are “really dirty”
To see where the dirt is in an average bathroom, Rointe specialists wiped five complete bathrooms for bacteria. Using spots of color to measure bacteria levels, the team found that 60 percent of towel rails and radiators fell into the dark purple (or “really dirty”) category. Another 10 percent fell into the light purple “dirty” category.
For comparison: Only 10 percent of the toilets tested were “really dirty” and 20 percent were even OK (or “clean”)! The study shows that bathroom drain holes are the next dirtiest spot in a bathroom, with 50 percent of drains classified as “really dirty”.
It’s not just dirt and grime in the bathroom. The study finds that shower heads and vanity taps are the cleanest items in a typical bathroom. Not a single one fell into the “really dirty” category.
Given these results, the researchers recommend that users clean their bathroom radiators and towel rails or railings at least three times a month.
Pimple cleaning habits can be to blame
Although 69 percent of respondents say the coronavirus pandemic is making them more aware of proper cleaning techniques, the Rointe team notes that not everyone scrubs all areas of their bathroom equally.
In a survey of 1,000 British adults, 11 percent said they only clean their towel rails once a month. Another 17 percent say they clean their towel radiator once a month, and seven percent say they never clean the radiator. Less than three in ten people clean these areas once a week.
Conversely, every third respondent cleans his toilet every day! Another 30 percent scrub the bathtub every week and 26 percent even clean the doorknobs every seven days.
“Bathroom radiators and towel rails should be cleaned at least three times a month. Ideally, add your entire bathroom into your weekly cleaning routine. That way, you can keep the germs at bay and shorten your cleaning sessions on average, “Antoaneta Tsocheva, founder of the Southeast’s largest household cleaning company, FastKlean, said in a statement.
“In addition to the usual suspects such as dust, dirt, mold and mold, you also have to think of germs and bacteria – the bathroom itself is a damp environment, as are the towels that you hang on the radiator or railing. It’s the ideal environment for microorganisms and bacteria – things that you definitely don’t want near your face. “