In Summary

  • Bathroom stools, toilet bowls, sinks, slippery floors and counter-tops are all potentially dangerous as they can lead to falls or knocks, especially if not well cleaned or dried.
  • To keep your bathroom and toilet hygienic and safe, keep the shower curtains drawn when not in use, so that water does not sit in the folds. 
  • Clean bacteria and mildew from bath toys by giving them a vinegar-water bath. Simply fill a bucket or large bowl with warm water, add half a cup of white vinegar and soak the toys  in it for 10 minutes

The bathroom is an important shared space in the house, and it is potentially dangerous, so great care should be exercised in its use and maintenance..

Bathrooms have many fixtures and materials that are potentially dangerous to both adults and children, so it is important to find ways of eliminating or minimising the risks.

For instance, young children can drown even in a little water if left unattended in the bathtub. Similarly, water in the sink and toilet can be hazardous, especially to toddlers. It is, therefore, prudent to supervise toddlers and young children in the bathroom and avoid leaving  containers full of water uncovered.

Cleaning products and soap can be harmful if swallowed, so always store them in drawers or closets where children cannot reach them.

Some bathrooms have easily accessible electrical outlets, so make sure you cover them with protective caps as soon as you finish using them to avoid electrical shocks; and replace those that are worn out immediately.

Minimise the use of irons, hair curlers straighteners, or other hot appliances when children are around. These gadgets should be kept in a locked cabinet where children cannot access them.

Bathroom stools, toilet bowls, sinks, slippery floors and counter-tops are all potentially dangerous as they can lead to falls or knocks, especially if not well cleaned or dried.

To keep your bathroom and toilet hygienic and safe, keep the shower curtains drawn when not in use, so that water does not sit in the folds. 

Vinyl, synthetic, cotton and hemp shower curtains can be cleaned using warm water and a mild laundry detergent, then air-dried immediately. Spread towels over two hooks to dry or hang them on rods. The bathroom walls can also be wiped with a sponge after use to keep them dry.

Clean soap scum on surfaces using an acidic cleaner such as a solution of white vinegar and water. This will remove the stubborn stains, but always wear gloves and rinse surfaces thoroughly.

CLEAR PIPES

Some cleaning products may leave harsh residues, so clean the bathroom surfaces using mild soaps and simple products commonly found in the kitchen such as baking soda or white vinegar.

To prevent the growth of mildew, increase the amount light and air circulation to reduce moisture. You can use a fan while  bathing and for roughly 30 minutes after. Air conditioners and dehumidifiers come in handy too. Ensure the windows remain open after the shower/bath.

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