Staying hygienic can be a challenge when so many of our cities face the possibility of various types of pollution. This is especially the case in public bathrooms, where so many people come into contact with each other. Even in private bathrooms, such as during a party, there is always the case of contacting other people and their germs. This is because these are places at risk of being unclean due to contact with bodily fluids. Additionally, even viruses can be transmitted through these fluids, which is how the dangerous COVID-19 virus spreads.
Therefore, while constructing a bathroom, you should never ignore the potential measures that you can take to maintain a sanitary environment for all bathroom users. Proper facilities must be built or undertaken to keep the spread of germs and bacteria to a minimum. But exactly how can this be done? You may be thinking that avoiding some form of human touch in bathrooms is practically unavoidable. This does not always have to be the case.
Here are some ways to reduce human touch in bathrooms.
Installation of touch-free equipment
For starters, installing touch-free equipment can solve many problems related to germ contact. A sensor-activated tap will prevent the spread of germs when washing hands. It is also convenient since it helps save time. During the COVID-19 era, a study proved how viruses function and live longer on stainless steel. Therefore, this type of tap can help you entirely avoid physical contact with them. This helps protect you from these viruses. Ecologically, let’s not forget how sensor-activated taps have also proven to prevent water wastage.
Additionally, multiple people use soap bars numerous times, which can cause the accumulation of germs and bacteria on them. These germs and bacteria can potentially spread to anyone who uses them. This is where a sensor-activated soap dispenser can help save the day. It requires no contact, and you can use soap more than once. While soap dispenser shopping, always opt for transparent ones. In this way, you can know when the dispenser needs refilling.
Another helpful innovation you can use is the bathroom hand dryer. These air dryers also eliminate the need for contact on any equipment, like hand towels and tissue dispensers. It would be unhygienic and unideal to subject your hands to germs immediately after being cleaned. This is why you must avoid physical touch altogether.
Installation of doors that push only
Another effective way to minimise contact is if doors are given a push-only function. While exiting a bathroom, clasping your sanitised hands around a potentially contaminated door handle defeats the purpose of washing your hands in the first place. Ensuring bathroom doors are push-only when entering and exiting can help you avoid germs altogether. This is because push doors can be opened using a person’s whole body, shoulders, elbows or even legs. These areas are less likely to contact places where germs can spread or where they can enter your body. As a result, hands will no longer be required when using public bathroom doors.
Implementation of an advanced toilet with proper precautions
The toilet is considered the most unhygienic sanitary hardware present in your bathroom. Therefore, the most effective way to fight against bacteria, germs and other pathogens is to start from the toilet. It is the root of all these problems.
You can install a motion sensor toilet that flushes upon detecting body heat. The sensor detects body heat through your movement and triggers the mechanisms in the toilet resulting in its flushing. It is a better alternative to touching the flush handle with other pre-washed hands. Moreover, investing in disposable toilet seat covers can provide added benefits. It is an extra expense, but it further reduces human touch in bathrooms.
Installation of hooks and shelves
Hooks and shelves serve to separate your personal belongings like clothes from bathroom countertops or filthy floors. This is where many germs and bacteria can reside since many people come into contact with them. You may install the hooks at the back of toilet cubicle doors where it is easiest to hang belongings when required. Placing shelves on top of sinks away from the faucet can protect your belongings from germs. It also prevents water from splashing on them when washing your hands.
Keeping your hygiene intact in bathrooms is essential to avoid germs, bacteria and viruses. However, this can be a challenge since there are so many possibilities of coming in contact with them. This is because many people and their bodily fluids come into contact with bathrooms. Touch-free equipment ensures that hands do not come into contact before and after washing hands. Additionally, push-only doors ensure that sanitised hands do not come into contact with dirty doors. Advanced toilets with sensors protect from germs coming from the most unclean part of the bathroom, which is the toilet. Installing hooks and shelves ensures your clothes do not come into contact with other people and germs.
Consider implementing these suggestions so that you can make bathrooms a more hygienic space.