Your plughole could be making you sick, study shows


All that hair can result in some nasty bacteria

By Jess Edwards

So you know that bathroom plug hole that you’ve not dared look inside for approximately 364 days? Well, it might be time to start paying attention…

New research by the University of East Anglia suggests that we should be cleaning our plug-hole and de-clogging it from hair much more often than we currently are (which, let’s be honest, is basically never). However, it should be noted that the study was commissioned by drain-unblocking company Buster, so the whole thing should definitely be taken with a pinch of salt.

The findings

Basically, it was found that all the hair, soap, sludge and dirt that collects in your plug hole isn’t just causing blockages – it could also create a breeding ground for potentially dangerous bacteria.

When water is run, this bacteria could be pushed back out, either coming into contact with your skin (in bathrooms) or, more worryingly, with your food (in the kitchen sink). The report reads:

“Within shower and bath drains the environment would be warm, moist and saturated with waste such as hair and skin flakes, being hospitable for microbial life… Plugholes and drains in both the domestic household and hospitals pose potential health consequences and could promote the spread of diseases.”

Like we said above, don’t be entirely surprised that this commissioned piece of research goes on to recommend regularly unblocking your plugs with their product in order to prevent the problem… But perhaps do consider the health implications of leaving your drains to fester.



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