The Germ-Free Bathroom

Let’s face it: bathrooms are by far the germiest places in every home. Yes, doorknobs and dollar bills may be the least sanitary things you touch throughout the day, but germs are lurking on every bathroom surface. What are the clean freaks among us to do?

Luckily, bathroom fittings are becoming increasingly hygienic. Even if you don’t want to invest in hands-free faucets or easy-clean, nonporous solid surface, you can keep your bathroom as uncontaminated as possible. These fixtures are inherently anti-bacterial and/or anti-microbial for your peace of mind.

The sink is a good place to start. Yes, one uses it to wash off the germs, but that means that said germs end up all over the basin.

Slik Portfolio Annelie Quartz Floor Mount Basin
Slik Portfolio Annelie Quartz Floor Mount Basin

This quartz beauty repels bacterial growth.

Toto Neorest Combination Lavatory/Faucet with SanaGloss
Toto Neorest Combination Lavatory/Faucet with SanaGloss

Toto’s patented SanaGloss, an integrated glaze, creates a super-smooth ionized barrier against mold, stains, bacteria, and other debris that tends to collect on ceramic surfaces and cuts down on the need for chemical cleaners.

SanaGloss is available on many Toto products, including a large number of their high-end toilets, another popular bacteria gathering place. Bonus: it’s better for the environment, too.

Toto Neorest 550 Dual Flush Toilet with SanaGloss
Toto Neorest 550 Dual Flush Toilet with SanaGloss

Many people hesitate to install a bathtub, especially a jetted one, for fear of bacterial growth in the jets and overall germiness. These worries are unfounded thanks to updated technology and materials used in the production of these tubs.

Tubs made by MTI and Hydro Systems are often outfitted with a special ozone cleaning system that cleans the tub while it’s in use. It emits an ozone gas that rids the water of bacteria, viruses, cysts, yeasts, molds, mildew and disease-causing microorganisms while you’re in the bath, so you can soak without wondering what kind of nastiness is hiding in the water.

MTI Designer Collection Cayman 1 Drop In Corner Whirlpool
MTI Designer Collection Cayman 1 Drop In Corner Whirlpool
MTI Ozonator Bath Sanitation System
MTI Ozonator Bath Sanitation System
Hydro Systems Designer Series Alexis Whirlpool with HydrOzone
Hydro Systems Designer Series Alexis Whirlpool with HydrOzone

Neptune tubs like this one are equipped with anti-backwash valves so that germs never get into the jets at all. Each jet drains automatically and goes through a drying cycle to prevent bacterial build-up after use.

Neptune Bora Corner Mass-air/Activ-air Combo
Neptune Bora Corner Mass-air/Activ-air Combo

Some tubs are anti-microbial by virtue of their composition only. Pure copper tubs are naturally bacteria-resistant.

Westbrass Copper Slipper Tub
Westbrass Copper Slipper Tub

Blu Bathworks’ BluStone tubs are crafted of a non-porous, anti-microbial quartz/resin combination to keep them hygienic.

Blu Bathworks Metrix Freestanding Blustone One Piece Soaker Tub
Blu Bathworks Metrix Freestanding Blustone One Piece Soaker Tub

How do you combat germs in your bathroom?

Special thanks once again to Dov for his invaluable help in the creation of this post. Thanks, Dov!

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4 Responses

  1. Love the new MTI units — while I think they can still improve on the ozone delivery a bit, it’s a HUGE step forward in automatic tub/bath cleaning. Great article, thanks!

  2. […] not alone – it is a toss-up. Some believe that the bathroom is the home’s most germ-infested room, but others say that it is rivaled by the […]

  3. What a beautiful pictures! I mean, I love the bathtub and the sink and everything! Thanks a lot for sharing the tips for cleaning! Regards!

  4. Fancy bathtubs! I am going to renovate my bathroom this summer and now I am searching for nice bathtubs and sinks. Thank you for this post! I think I made my choice thanks to you!

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