One in 10 Brits have have never cleaned their bathroom door handle or the loo roll holder, according to a new study.
A national survey of 2,000 UK respondents commissioned by dbsbathrooms.co.uk has revealed national bathroom hygiene habits that may surprise you, including the fact that 13 per cent of Brits don't even own a toilet brush.
Bathrooms are one of the most used rooms in the house, staging morning showers, kids’ baths, pre-night out preening sessions, and general private moments, maybe because they’re usually one of the only rooms in the house with a lock.
Whether you’re a daily cleaner, a weekly cleaner, or a hardly-ever cleaner, the bathroom is a place that harbours germs and bacteria, but it's important to stay on top of it. There’s the toilet to clean, the sink to wipe down, the shower screen to maintain, surfaces to polish, and the floor to mop.
The family bathroom should be a sanctuary, but not for bacteria, and this is even more relevant given the discussions around germs and cleaning in the home amid the coronavirus pandemic.
The survey highlights the nation's cleaning habits, including:
- 1 in 5 people clean their bathroom only when they have guests planned
- 1 in 3 say they only clean their bathroom when it starts to look dirty
- 1 in 10 never clean their toilet roll holder, and 28 per cent only clean it once a week
- 25 per cent admit they only clean their soap dispenser once a week
- Men spend more time cleaning their bathroom than women (47 vs. 44 minutes)
- The UK’s favoured method of cleaning is using one product with a different cloth for each fixture
- On average, Brits spend 98 hours a year cleaning their bathroom
- Eight per cent of UK respondents said that they were motivated to clean by 'cleanfluencer' content.
'One in 10 say they have never cleaned their door handles, this is worrying as door handles are a common contact point, they
are touched multiple times a day,' says Instagram cleanfluencer, Harriet from @making_ahouse_ahome. 'Handles are the
perfect place for bacteria. Imagine if someone doesn't bother washing their hands or doesn't wash them thoroughly enough?
They could then be transferring germs onto the handle on their way out, then someone else comes along and touches it
without being able to see the bacteria.'
Offering us a small bit of her bathroom cleaning philosophy, Harriet said: 'At bare minimum, the bathroom should be cleaned once a week, with different cloths and products that are suitable for the task. Cleaning products are essential in a bathroom to keep it hygienic and remember that using the same cloth across the whole bathroom is a cross-contamination.'
1 Do a deep bathroom clean once a week, and start by removing all items from the bathroom so you can adequately clean all the surfaces.
2 Remember to clean the accessories and fixtures in the bathroom too – like the bin, toothbrush holders and bathmats.
3 Pay attention to the base of the toilet and the floor around it. You’d be surprised how many people miss this.