Tech in the Bathroom: Gadgets for Good Hygiene

A bathroom doesn't have to look futuristic to be high-tech.
A bathroom doesn't have to look futuristic to be high-tech.

Ever wonder if technologically advanced gadgets could help you be a cleaner person? If you regularly worry about the spread of germs in bathrooms, take comfort. New advancements in personal care devices are making it easy to be uber hygienic.

One area that's sometimes overlooked when it comes to proper hygiene is the mouth, specifically the teeth. Electric toothbrushes have been around for quite some time, but new models are even more effective at cleaning your choppers. These new toothbrushes monitor how long users brush their teeth via Bluetooth technology. Most dental health professionals recommend brushing for two minutes -- yes, two whole minutes -- but most of us don't come close to scrubbing our teeth for that long. A wireless, high-tech toothbrush will tell you how long to brush and when to replace the brush head, meaning that your teeth will not only be cleaner, but the process will be more sanitary, too.

But let's be honest: The mouth is a germy place, and even if you swap out your brush heads regularly, your toothbrush isn't exactly clean. Luckily, if you're more worried about the germs on your toothbrush than the ones in your mouth, there's a high-tech gadget for you. Toothbrush sanitizers use UV light or steam to kill the germs on this all-important tooth-cleaning tool. These products claim to kill 99.9 percent of bacteria that linger on your brush after each use.

New gadgets can also cut down on the germs around your sink. Public restrooms have featured automatic faucets for many years to limit the amount of water people use and reduce the spread of germs. The latest high-tech faucets not only turn on and off automatically; they can also recognize particular users and their preferred water temperature and pressure. If you're considering adding some color to your bathroom, look for models that come with LED lights that turn on when the water starts running. Some even have small screens that display weather alerts or your daily calendar. With a high-tech faucet like that, you'll always leave the bathroom with squeaky-clean hands!

Hygiene is important, but there's also something to be said for the coolness, comfort and efficiency of cutting-edge tech. Read the next page to learn about the products that will transform your bathroom into a futuristic sanctuary where you can shower, take care of business and rock out.