6 Tips to Keep Your Bathroom a Germ Free Zone

It's the smallest room in the house but it could be the most dangerous.

Jeff Devlin is a licensed contractor and the host of the Do It Yourself network's I Hate My Bath. INSIDE EDITION's Megan Alexander showed Devlin her own bathroom. Devlin noted, "It looks beautiful, but I see a ton of danger."

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Sickening mold and bacteria lurk everywhere. A shower head is an ideal receptor for mold.

Tip No. 1: Try a little household vinegar. White vinegar is a great disinfectant. Devlin told Alexander, "It's not like you even have to mix anything. You can give your shower head a bath."

Tip No. 2: Husbands and wives have fought this battle forever—toilet seat up or down. Devlin says after you flush, close the lid to prevent potentially dangerous bacteria from spreading in the air.

Here's a chilling statistic: 150 children under age five drown in tubs and toilets each year.

Tip No. 3: Devlin says child-proof toilet locks are inexpensive and easy to install, and it can help prevent a tragedy. Devlin said, "If you can do stickers, you can do this."

Tip No. 4: We all know that keeping a mat in the tub prevents slips and falls, but there's another hidden danger that could harm children like Megan Alexander's little boy, Chance—squeeze toys. They're fun to play with, but mold can grow inside them.

"What do kids do with toys? Right in their mouths. So, you're basically feeding them mold," said Devlin.

Yuck! He recommends squeezing out the toy thoroughly and, better yet, using solid bath toys that Devlin notes, "I prefer toys like this. No water doesn't get inside them. They're easy to clean."

Tip No. 5: Sharing towels is another danger. Devlin asked Alexander, "Do you share towels in your house?"

"Yes," she answered.

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But as we towel off, skin rubs off, dries, and is passed around. These things are loaded with germs and bacteria. Everyone should have their own.

Tip No.6: Many women, like Alexander, keep their makeup in the bathroom. Devlin asked, "What is the lifespan of your makeup?"

"I always heard 3-4 months," said Alexander.

"Do you go past 3-4 months?" asked Devlin.

Alexander said, "I do not follow that rule. I usually just keep it as long as I can."

Last, year over 169 women contracted bacterial infections from old makeup. Devlin suggests writing down the date the makeup was opened.

There you have it. Some useful tips to help keep danger out of your bathroom.

Story Originally Aired May 2014

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