Clean surfaces of the bath, basin and shower trays regularly. Rinse thoroughly with running water to prevent build-up of mildew.
Keep the shower door/curtain open and ventilate the room after use.
To remove soap residue and prevent build-up of lime stains, clean the bathroom surfaces regularly.
Launder towels, facecloths and bathmats regularly to remove bacteria of skin or faecal origin and fungi.
If the shower has not been used for a while, run hot water for 2-3 minutes to flush out any harmful microbes.
You can save water by taking a shower instead of a bath.
If someone at home has an infection, clean and disinfect taps and door handles often.
If someone has a skin or nail infection, clean bathroom surfaces more frequently and then use a disinfectant.
Do not share towels with other family members.
Legionnaires bacillus in the showerhead can be a risk to people with reduced immunity, if they inhale infected water droplets whilst showering.
Potentially harmful microbes from skin, nail and oral infections (e.g. athletes’ foot) can spread to others on surfaces, towels and toothbrushes.
A key moment for hygiene is touching surfaces frequently touched by others.
Install a water-saving shower head and tap nozzle and don’t leave the tap running while brushing your teeth.