You’ve Been Warned: 9 Surprising Items You Should Never Have In Your Bathroom
The bathroom is a zone of the home that can be hard to keep hygienic, let alone stylish. Luckily our new range of bath essentials, from towels to body care products can help with that. But before you add to your bathroom with luxurious new items, it's important to clear out the old.
We've previously shared some helpful decorating tips for those of us who aren't currently blessed with a palatial ensuite, so now we're sharing the household items you should never (ever) keep in your bathroom.
Your bathroom, no matter how small, shouldn't become a dumping ground for expired skincare and allergy medicines. Instead, the goal is to maintain the space as a clean and healthy room in the house that exudes calm and not chaos. If you've got any of the following items in your bathroom, consider a detox this weekend.
1. Your phone
First of all, electronic devices in the bathroom are never the best idea. Even if your phone is water-resistant, it's not worth the risk. I've personally had to rescue my phone after it's slipped off the vanity into the sink or fallen out of my hand into a pool of shower puddles. Also, making a habit of keeping your bathrooms as tech-free zones is a nice way to indulge in a warm bath and your skincare routine without having to be distracted by notifications and what everyone's doing on Insta.
It seems like a logical place to keep your prescription medication and vitamins, but you'd actually be better of moving them to the kitchen drawers. When the package says to store in a cool, dry place it definitely isn't referring to your humid, temperature-fluctuating bathroom. Always read the labels when it comes to these items and make sure you follow the directions to ensure their effectiveness.
Let's face it—bathroom towels can get a little icky if not cared for properly. Even if you've got natural ventilation plus an exhaust fan, you'll often find yourself drying your body with a damp towel with a stale aroma. Hardly the relaxing self-care haven we've been raving about. If you've got an outdoor undercover area to hang them or even space in your laundry, you'll find that your towels will dry faster and will stay smelling fresh between washes. Alternatively, opt for absorbent, quick-drying 100% linen towels.
Have you ever opened your bathroom drawer in preparation to use a razor only to find that the tip is rusty? Just like most of the items on this list, they don't do their best work in a damp, humid environment which shortens their life dramatically. They'll last longer somewhere cool and dry.
Are you picking up on a theme here? Humid conditions can cause some metals used to make jewellery to tarnish over time and may require more frequent cleaning because of the high temperatures in your bathroom. The best place for your beloved jewellery in a box in your bedroom.
6. Books and magazines
I know, it seems obvious. But, some people like to keep a stack of books and magazines on hand for those nights when a long bath, a glass of wine, and a good read is just what the doctor ordered. If you're not too precious about your reading material, a bit of mould and wet pages might not bother you but, if you want to keep your pages in tip-top shape, move them to a shelf in the hallway.
There's been a lot of conversation about how far from the toilet is safe for keeping a toothbrush, and our answer is: take it out of the room completely! It's definitely convenient to have your brush ready to go on your vanity, but bacteria released from the toilet combined with heat and moisture is an ideal situation for those germs to multiply. Take the extra thirty seconds to fetch your toothbrush from a cool, dry place before brushing and save yourself the paranoia.
Your robe is practically a wearable towel, that's why we love our own pure linen options so much. But, like towels, your fave robe is susceptible to that unpleasant musty aroma and dreaded dampness from hanging around the bathroom for too long. Leave it in your wardrobe after every wear so that it's nice and fresh every time you slip into it.
To avoid your favourite fragrances from deteriorating and changing smell over time, fluctuations in light and temperature need to be avoided. So, instead of keeping your signature scent on the bathroom counter, place it on a tray with your jewellery on your dresser or in your wardrobe with your other daily essentials.
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