Bathroom hygiene & hotspots

Know the germ hotspots in your bathroom

Did you know, that while your toilet bowl is likely to contain bacteria and other germs because we tend to clean these with specialist toilet cleaners in order to remove stains and limescale, they pose little threat to your health?  Bacteria, on the other hand, are more likely to spread to other areas that you touch (e.g. toilet seat, flush handle, bathroom tap) via hands contaminated while you visit the toilet.  

Read our tips on hygiene and how to clean the bathroom well, making sure to take particular attention to the bathroom germ hotspots

Top 4 bathroom germ hotspots:

Hand contact surfaces

Commonly touched surfaces such as the toilet flush, toilet seats, bathroom taps, door knobs and waste bins may all become contaminated during normal use of the bathroom. If you have a little one who is just discovering the fun of running taps and flushing toilets, good hygiene is even more important. Regularly clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces using an antibacterial cleaner like Dettol Power & Pure bathroom spray, which powerfully cleans and disinfects without harsh chemical residues*


Bathroom cleaning cloths and bathing sponges can harbour germs if they remain damp. Regularly decontaminate re-useable cloths, flannels and sponges by laundering separately on a hot wash (greater than 60°C) or by soaking in a solution of Dettol disinfectant.

Personal hygiene items

Personal use items such as toothbrushes and nailbrushes can become contaminated and consequently act as a source of germs. Store these items where germs are unlikely to splash onto them and after use rinse them thoroughly under running water and dry rapidly.

Don’t forget to wash your hands

The hands are one of the most common causes of cross contamination and cross infection in the home. Be sure to wash your hands with soap and clean water after using the toilet.


* even without rinsing. The active ingredient breaks down into water and oxygen leaving nothing but sprakling surfaces and a pleasant fragrance. No rinse required.

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