Keep Your Showerheads Green Clean

| 10/1/2009 10:35:32 AM

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.