Showerheads, bacteria, and germs—oh my! A new study finds that your showerhead may have potentially harmful bacteria in it, though most people will be unaffected.


In yet another study with ironic implications, it has now been proven that the great majority of showerheads could be crawling with microorganisms. We were recently told that the sponge that sits atop your sink is one of the most germ-infested objects in the house—what next your toothbrush?

CNN reports that the researchers looked at showers in 9 different American cities, and did find a slimy coating called “biofilm.” When the water sprays through the film, it can spread the germs onto your skin, and into the misty air around you.

I know what you may be thinking: “doesn’t hot water kill germs?” Yes, but only at temperatures much higher than humans can endure—like that of a dishwasher for example. The conditions inside a shower actually aid in the development of this kind of germ.

Don’t get too worked up though, there is a positive side to the study. Most healthy individuals won’t be affected. The people who should be most concerned are those who have weakened immune systems, or lung problems. To circumvent any issues, it is recommended that you change your showerhead at least once a year.

For more information about showerheads and bacteria click here.

I’ve included a video with more on the issue below.