Bathrooms are notorious for bacteria and mold growth. Because of the moist atmosphere after each shower, it is difficult to keep ahead of all the germs commonly found in bathrooms. Thankfully, there are simple ways to control shower contaminants.

Use Soft Water

One of the problems with hard water is that it contains a lot of minerals. These minerals aren't noticeable until the bathroom is steamy after a shower. That's when you might notice streaks on your shower door. While minerals themselves aren't especially hazardous to your health, they contain contaminants that increase mildew growth. They also make cleaning your bathroom a longer, more challenging process than it needs to be.

To keep bacteria from clinging to your shower door, soft water is an option. Minerals such as calcium and lime (major culprits of "soap scum") are removed from the water before entering your home. Soft water makes cleaning easier because it causes very little buildup in your shower or on your doors.

Install Antibacterial Shower Glass

Although all shower doors are made of tempered glass, not all have antibacterial components. You should consider shower glass that has an extra coating designed to prevent bacterial growth. This coating makes your glass shower door less porous, which in turn makes it harder for contaminants to stick to the glass. Even if you have hard water, you won't notice soap scum or mineral streaks as often. And when you do, a simple wipe down with a microfiber and mild cleaner (such as diluted vinegar) does the trick.

If you're thinking this is a great idea, but not worth replacing your shower doors for, then you're in luck. Some companies will apply this layer to your existing shower glass. You don't have to replace the entire thing.

Antibacterial Shower Curtains

If you don't have shower doors, you can still find antibacterial solutions to cut down on bathroom germs. A final suggestion is to hang antibacterial curtains in your shower. These curtains are both bacteria and mildew resistant. As with antibacterial glass doors, you will notice a decrease in spots and scum on your curtains.

Keeping your bathroom germ-free is a difficult task. However, there are a few ways to stay ahead of bacteria growth. Changing from hard to soft water is one way, but using antibacterial glass or curtains are also options. Each of these choices cut down on the work you have to do to keep your bathroom mold-free.