You may have heard that it’s best not to store your toothbrush on your bathroom sink. This is correct, since more than 60% of bathroom toothbrushes test positive for fecal matter. However, the truth is even worse: storing the toothbrush in a bathroom drawer or medicine cabinet, or leaving the seat down, doesn’t help. Experts say that the toothbrush should be kept in another room.
Despite the warnings from manufacturers not to store your makeup in a warm or wet place, most women still keep the makeup in a bathroom drawer or cabinet. But makeup gets degraded quickly in these conditions, so invest in a good vanity and locate it in the bedroom instead.
#6 Makeup Brushes
The bathroom environment turns your makeup brushes into little germ spreaders. In addition to the ever-present danger of fecal matter, even brushes stored in drawers are excellent at growing bacteria. Exposure to heat and moisture encourage the bacteria to grow quickly.
#5 Birth Control and Condoms
The warm and wet conditions in a bathroom are a breeding ground for lots of bad stuff. Medicines like birth control can be negatively impacted, causing them to lose their benefits. All medicine should actually be kept in a room that is not wet, in a dry cabinet.
Don’t invest in expensive perfume only to store it inside the medicine cabinet. The wet and heat in the air can sour the perfume quickly, making your fragrance smell differently than they did when when you first purchased them.
#3 Books and Magazines
Many people stash some books, magazines and other paper reading material in the bathroom. But this is bad for paper, since water and heat will warp the spines. Even worse, storing paper in the bathroom exposes it to all of the bacteria from your toilet, which you then spread all over the house.
Jewelry is better kept in a jewelry box in the bedroom. Like everything else on the list, less expensive jewelry is susceptible to damage and erosion when exposed to too much moisture. If you don’t want the clasps to break, be careful about where you store your jewelry.
As cell phones, e-readers, iPads and other items have taken over our lives, Americans have found these items migrating to every room, including the bathroom. This is a hazard. Bacteria from the toilet easily sticks to the surface of screens. Your electronics can also be damaged from high heat, humidity and water.