If you have never shared a house or flat with someone then sharing your bathroom can be a terrifying experience. Think about it for a moment. You have had the luxury of a private bathroom all to yourself for many years. You can spend as long as you like in there without anticipating that your flatmate needs the bathroom urgently, especially in the morning before you both go to work.
Sharing a bathroom can and let’s be honest here be somewhat messy. Two or even three people using the one bathroom can mean that the place gets dirtier, smellier and less hygienic as the days roll on.
Following are some great tips to keep the bathroom hygienic at all times when living with flatmates.
# 1: Avoid sharing. You may be best of mates and have known each other for years but never share your toiletries, however innocent it may be. Think about the common chap stick or lipstick you may want to borrow from your flatmate. It’s been sitting there in the cupboard for months without anyone using is so it’s fine if you just use it to moisturise your lips. Wrong! Sharing personal items like this can pass on diseases like cold sores very quickly. Even worse, if you don’t know your flatmate that well and they catch you using it they could think that your sealing from them. Rule of thumb here is to keep personal items in an area and these are no go zones for other flatmates.
# 2: Watch out toothbrushes. Make sure that you simply don’t plonk you wet toothbrush on the shower ledge or on a bench in the bathroom. You have to keep them far away from each other and in an upright position. And what ever you do make sure you use your own toothpaste. Sharing toothpaste can results in flatmate issues especially if you have not set any ground rules for the use of toothpaste. For more information on dental hygiene please read this: https://www.healthdirect.gov.au/dental-care
# 3: Don’t share the same soap. Think about the germs and bacteria that will be passed from one person to the next. Totally gross! Make sure you use a liquid soap that can be replaced communally when it’s finished. Again, set ground rules here to see who will be making the purchase and at what stage.
# 4: Don’t even think about sharing your make up. Sharing products like eyeliner, lip gloss, lip stick & eye shadow and lead to aweful issues like pink eye & conjunctivitis. What may seem like a harmless quick use from the eyeliner you’ve admired on your girlfriend can lead to nasty diseases and bacterial infections.
# 5: Clean the bathroom. I know this is the hardest thing to do and no one in their right mind is going to volunteer for this job but the bathroom has got to be cleaned at least once a week. That’s’ right, you all have to either be on a roster system where one of you goes in there armed with detergent, Domestos and Pine o Clean or there is a weekly communal effort. But what ever happens the golden rule here is that the bathroom must be spotlessly cleaned weekly. Failing to do this can lead to the spread of disease and an unhappy living environment. If your too lazy to do this or the though of cleaning a toilet grosses you out, then hire a cleaner. Harmony in a shared environment starts with a clean and hygienic bathroom.