How does your bathroom hygiene rank?
A study has found 32% of Brits are cleaning their bathroom less than once a week - and it's having disastrous health impacts.
Dangerous bacteria is congregating in some parts of our bathroom that we would least suspect, and it's meaning Brits are being exposed to stomach cramps, nausea, diarrhoea and vomiting.
Interestingly, the experiments, conducted by Mira Showers in partnership with Marco Mendoza Villa, a PhD Researcher from Bristol University's Science Department, revealed shower trays and bathroom sinks are home to the most bacteria, while surprisingly, the toilet is actually among the cleaner areas.
In fact, of the areas that were tested, it was the toilet seat that was the only area found not to contain E. coli.
The most bacteria infested areas were found to be:
1. Shower tray (72% infected)
2. Basin (71% infected)
3. Tap (43% infected)
4. Shower head (32% infected)
5. Toilet seat (29% infected)
6. Bathroom floor (23% infected)
7. Shower enclosure (16% infected)
8. Bathroom door handle (<1% infected)
There were a total of 11 different types of bacteria detected, ranging from the more harmless Micrococcus and Enterobacter aerogenes to the potentially more E. coli and Salmonella.
Commenting on it, Marco Mendoza Villa, PhD, said: "It’s easy to think that harmful bacteria will only develop in and around the toilet but our experiments have clearly revealed a wide array of bacteria on all bathroom surfaces. These include E. coli, Streptococcus, Staphylococcus, Salmonella, Enterobacter aerogenes, Enterococcus, Klebsielle pneumoniae, Streptobacillus, Campylobacter, Fungi (yeast) and Micrococcus, many of which can easily lead to nasty illnesses including stomach cramps, nausea, diarrhoea and vomiting."