The bathroom is one of the most used areas of the house. Since it is a place for cleaning, it should also be clean, right? But no. From molds to harsh cleaning materials, your bathroom is an ideal place for bacteria to grow.

Here are ways your bathroom is secretly making you sick and what you can do about it:

Toxic cleaning materials

Most of the commercial cleaning materials found in the bathroom contain a chock full of harmful chemicals. Hydrochloric acid and chlorine bleach are just some of the common ingredients comprising your commercial cleaners. These substances are toxic, posing a risk to your family and your pets.

As you are always coming in contact with the surfaces in your bathroom, these chemicals can quickly get on your skin.

What to do about it:

Opt for homemade, non-toxic bathroom cleaners. They are inexpensive, and you can quickly make it with the ingredients found in your kitchen pantry.

White vinegar, lemon juice, essential oils and baking soda are useful as antibacterial, deodorizers, and disinfectants. And they are incredibly safe no matter how often you use them.

For a less hassle cleaning, upgrade your sinks, bathtubs and toilet bowls. Sinks and tubs that aren’t readily stained are available in the market. A bidet is also a good investment. Bidet seats improve your hygiene, is eco-friendly and have a self-cleaning function.

Too much moisture

Moisture buildup in your bathroom can cause mildew and molds. And molds can exacerbate asthma and other respiratory infections.

If you think you don’t have molds in your bathroom, you might not be looking at the right places. Check your sink, plumbing pipes and below the toilet bowl. Your rugs, grout, and walls can also be a breeding ground for molds.

What to do about it:

Keep your bathroom well-ventilated with a good exhaust fan. Check also if your exhaust fan is enough for the size of your bathroom. If not, replace it. An appropriately sized exhaust fan can make a big difference to your bathroom ventilation.

Frequently wash your rugs and curtains to remove molds that are growing on them. And keep your bathroom humidity level below 50% by using a dehumidifier or an air-conditioner.

Chlorine in your tap water

Chlorine is a useful chemical that sanitizes your water. Unfortunately, it is also a dangerous substance that can irritate your skin and cause lung infections. Chlorine comes in direct contact with your skin while showering and when vaporized, it can also enter your lungs.

Long-term exposure to chlorine can cause dry skin, asthma, rashes and worst cancer from THM agents.

What to do about it:

Install a good water filtration system. There are available filters that can be attached to your shower head and faucets. Or better yet, install a water conditioning system that will filter the water supplied to your entire home.


Your bathroom can be a haven in your house with enough knowledge and proper cleaning and maintenance.

About the Author:
Walker Smith
Founder at BidetGenius

Walker is the guy behind BidetGenius. In 2006, Walker became interested in warehouse component utilized in ecommerce. He learned the ins and outs of supply chain management and warehouse operation. Years later, with his skill set and knowledge and passion for bidet seats, BidetGenius was born. He doesn’t stop there, he continuously contributing and writing about home improvement and bathroom-related issues. He wants to bring awareness to people on how beneficial bidet seats are, especially for the whole family’s health and convenience. Commonly, bidet seats are widely available in Japan and some Asian countries. BidetGenius brings the best of this technology to the world.