Although you keep many things in the bathroom for the sake of convenience after reading this post ask yourself, “Should I keep these things in the bathroom?”
- Jewelry – If you keep any of your jewelry in the bathroom you may want to move it to another room pronto. Inexpensive jewelry’s fastenings may rust and real silver will tarnish more quickly when kept in the humid environment of the bathroom. If you don’t have room on your dresser to keep a jewelry box try putting it on a shelf in the closet. When you get dressed your jewelry is right there.
- Makeup – Your makeup will degrade in the heat and humidity present in the bathroom. Even if you’re not spending a fortune on makeup you don’t want to have to replace it unnecessarily. Keep your makeup in a cool, dry spot instead of the bathroom. If you have a linen closet just outside the bathroom try keeping makeup there. Another option is a dresser drawer.
- Makeup Brushes – Bacteria is spread in the air just by flushing the toilet. The humid bathroom helps it thrive on your makeup brushes. And mold can grow on them even if kept in a drawer. Your best bet is to keep them in the bedroom. I use the zipper bags that sheet sets are packaged in to keep my makeup brushes and makeup together in a drawer right outside the bathroom.
- Perfume – Even if you don’t expose your perfume to direct sunlight, the high temperatures that spike in the bathroom can cause your perfume to smell rancid. Your fragrances can actually go sour in the bath. Keep your perfume out of direct sunlight in a spot with a relatively stable temperature. A small box kept on the dresser or in a drawer will keep your perfume out of sunlight and all together so you can easily choose which fragrance you’ll wear.
- Birth Control pills, condoms, and other medications – Rising and falling heat and humidity can cause your birth control and even over-the-counter medications like aspirin, ibuprofen, and cold medications to become less potent. Condoms can degrade due to the heat and humidity. All medication and birth control should be kept in a cool, dry place. I have a “medicine cupboard” in the kitchen. It’s the farthest from both the stove and refrigerator. Another spot might be in a dresser drawer or closet.
- Razor blades – Metal razor blades are subject to oxidation and rusting just like any other metal. Either seal them in an airtight bag or store them outside the bathroom.
- Toothbrushes – This is the one thing we probably use the most of all items stored in the bathroom and the one thing you really don’t want to expose to the bathroom air! Bacteria from a flushing toilet can drift through the air as an invisible mist and settle on your toothbrush. If you keep the toothbrush in a cover you may promote bacterial growth even more because the brush never fully dries out. Flushing with the toilet lid down won’t prevent the bacterial mist from drifting. It may seem odd but it’s best not to store your toothbrush in the bathroom at all!