“Must haves” that house countless germs
With hashtags like #TikTokMadeMeBuyIt gaining views of over 6.5million, the social media platform has become the place to find the latest ‘must have’ household items.
And, as bathrooms appear to be an area focus when looking for stylish or handy accessories, we thought it may be worth attempting to reveal the most popular products being bought and which ones to avoid being drawn in by.
Delving into 100 of the top videos across #BathroomAccessories (73.1m views), #BathroomMustHaves (54.2m views) and #BathroomProducts (52.1m views), we have found that four of the viral TikTok bathroom ‘must haves’ could bring unwanted germs into your home.
Four viral products and reasons to avoid them
1 – Fluffy Toilet Seats
A nostalgic bathroom trend that should be left in the past is the fluffy toilet seat.
Fluffy toilet seats and covers may be back thanks to TikTok but I’d aways advise against them.
Often made from plush fabrics, fluffy covers may offer added comfort and match nicely with your retro style bathroom but they’re a breeding ground for bacteria.
Unlike smooth and easily cleanable toilet seats, the porous surfaces of fluffy seats offer an ideal environment for germs to accumulate and non-porous toilet seats are generally considered more hygienic and easier to maintain for promoting a cleaner bathroom.
2 – Bathroom Rugs
Providing similar risks as the toilet seat, bathroom rugs are also a hub for microbes.
A more lavish take on the traditional bath mat, bathroom rugs are made from thicker or shaggy fabrics and are becoming an increasingly popular choice as people look to add visual interest to a usually mundane bathroom accessory.
Soaking up moisture and gathering debris and dead skin from drying off, these rugs are more susceptible to mould and mildew due to the humidity and longer fibres trapping dirt.
For a more hygienic option, we’d recommend choosing a rubber or wooden bath mat which are easier to disinfect and less habitable for germs.
3 – Toothpaste tube squeezing aids
A trending product that is luring people in for its practicalities is a toothbrush holder with tube squeezing aids.
Whilst being unable to draw the final bits of toothpaste from the tube, adding a device to your bathroom to do it for you could cause more harm than good.
Leaving toothbrushes out in the open can expose them to bacteria that is found in the bathroom and result in cross-contamination.
Always store personal hygiene items in cupboards, drawers or closed shelving to protect them for harmful particles that could affect health.
4 – Shelf toilet roll holders
Another item designed to make a bathroom more practical is the viral shelf holder toilet roll holder.
These hybrid accessories are huge on TikTok, with videos demonstrating how the shelves attached to the toilet roll holders can be used to place a phone or even store jewellery whilst personal care takes place…
Although this seems handy, any storage of personal items should be kept well away from the toilet to avoid cross-contamination that can see germs being carried out of the bathroom to other parts of the home upon leaving.
Consider using a bathroom organiser to store these items instead that can be placed in a drawer.
Keep it clean, keep it simple!
Whilst it’s easy to get caught up in the latest home décor trends, it’s important to remain wary of adding accessories to your bathroom in order to maintain hygiene levels.
Amongst the latest viral products, we’ve spotted some health risks that shouldn’t be ignored when updated a bathroom for both aesthetic and practical reasons.
So keep it clean and keep it simple – but most of all, keep it safe!