A recent study conducted by a group of researchers at the University of Colorado at Boulder shows that showerheads collect and disperse bacteria at levels that could be harmful to your health.
Your showerhead might not be as clean as you once thought. Photo By WhatKumar/Courtesy Flickr.
That’s not what I was expecting when I washed the sleep from my eyes every morning.
The researchers took samples from 45 showerheads in nine cities and found that bacteria not only collects in them, but is often found at levels 100 times higher than what naturally forms in tap water. Those bacteria are then shot into the air in aerosol form, and are small enough to infiltrate your lungs.
So when you first fire on your shower in the morning and step right in, you’re blasted with microbes that could cause bronchitis, asthma or pulmonary infections and diseases.
Though the researchers’ findings are slightly startling, they say people at most risk are those with compromised immune systems, such as the elderly, pregnant, young or ill. Everyone else, for the most part, should be fine taking showers. I wasn’t planning on switching to baths, so that was relieving to learn.
I’m still planning on waiting 30 seconds before entering my shower every morning, to let the microbes blast out and dissipate before I step in. I might even start cleaning my showerhead with vinegar at least once a week, especially since it’s a plastic showerhead, which collects more bacteria than metal showerheads.
If you want to avoid some of the bacteria lurking in your showerhead, check out this metal showerhead.
How do you keep your shower clean? Share your green cleaning strategies in the comments section.