Horror stories about bacteria in your/everyone's bathroom are everywhere. A study in 2018 found that hand driers in public rest rooms tend to blow poop bacteria around the room, which caused a small panic among everybody who’s ever used a department store toilet. And your everyday bathroom can harbor some deadly bacteria, even if it’s very well-maintained. As the place where we wash ourselves and dispose of our waste, it's the place where germs are bound to end up.
Bacteria in the bathroom can transfer from surfaces to the human body through something called, charmingly, the fecal-oral route. It's the main way in which fecal material and its accompanying nasties can make its way into the human body. But unless you're going around licking unwashed surfaces in the bathroom, you probably aren't likely to develop infections from any of these bacteria, especially if you practice good hygiene and wash your hands after using the restroom. What's more, simply cleaning your home bathroom regularly (and, again, washing your hands after doing so) can help mitigate the possibility of getting sick from these kinds of bacteria. Here are three especially nasty strains of bacteria that are more-than-likely lurking in your bathroom.