Every time we visit a public toilet we ask ourselves a very important question: to sit or not to sit. We have always heard horror stories about the things that happen there and all the bacteria and germs that we don’t want to touch our skins.
But when nature calls, you can’t do anything but to answer it while being extra horrified by the toilet, or you can choose to hold it and have an embarrassing accident later on.
Fortunately, there are some rules that can help ease our experiences with public bathrooms and save our overall health. Here are the 8 important rules about public toilets that you need to follow.
#1 – The dangerous places are mostly the safest
The fact that no one knows how much bacteria each corner of a public toilet has is a blessing because we would probably never visit them again.
But to worsen our nightmares, the BioCote Company went out there to discover more about all the toilet’s surfaces. So it collected many samples to find out at the end that there are 50,000 different microorganisms that are always around us.
Shockingly, the most contaminated part of the toilet is the sink because it had way too many germs than the actual toilet seat. The scientists of Arizona also confirmed this and said that only 19% of germs in the bathroom can be found on the toilet, while the rest are located in the sinks, walls, door knobs, and flush buttons.
#2 – Pay attention to details
Every time you visit a public toilet, make sure to pay attention to the little things before you use or do anything.
If there is toilet paper, soap, and a cleaning schedule on the wall, then the bathroom is good to be used and a lot cleaner than you might have expected.
You can also check the schedule and see for yourself if the date is today and if the time intervals are not more than a couple of hours apart.
#3 – Choose the right stall
According to scientists, if there are 2 booths in the bathroom, most people will choose the second one. It is a weird thing but also very accurate.
However, the next time you visit a public bathroom, pick the first booth because not many people have been there, which means it is cleaner than the other booths. Don’t forget to pay details to the stall, too.
#4 – Sit Correctly
The way we sit on toilets is not the right way, nor is it the healthy way. Humanity didn’t have toilets for years and decades, so the position they used to do is actually the right one. Of course, it is not as comfortable as our current toilets, but it prevents causing any strains, tension, hemorrhoids, and constipation.
So the best way to use our current toilets in the correct way is by sitting in a 35° position. It may be weird, and it may even be ridiculous, but just make sure to not touch the seat.
#5 – Adapt to the location
If you have a bag, purse, or even a phone that you need to put down somewhere, then do not put it on the floor. If you are not alone, then it is best to leave your things with them.
In case you have no choice, then just put your things in the toilet tank because that’s the safest place. You don’t want any germs or bacteria to follow you and stick with you when you leave the public bathroom.
#6 – Don’t put toilet paper on the seat
Putting toilet paper on the seat before sitting is a common mistake that the majority of people make. It may seem to be one of the best decisions, but it is actually the worst. Toilets were built in an intelligent way to never let the bacteria spread.
However, many people don’t close the toilet seat before they flash, so the bacteria spread all over the toilet, including the toilet paper.
The paper’s best quality is to absorb moisture, which creates a perfect atmosphere for the germs to multiply. So, if you don’t have your own toilet paper, then do not put the toilet paper on the seat.
#7 – Exit in the right way
In order to protect other people that are going to use this bathroom after us, then you should close the toilet seat as soon as you finish with it, and don’t flush the water until you do it.
This way you are not only going to protect other people, but also yourself from all the bacteria that jump all over the bathroom. I am sure you don’t want them to land on your face, hands, and hair. Do you?
#8 – Wash your hands very well
Not to scare you or anything, but after using the bathroom, your hands will be filled with harmful microorganisms, and technically, we use our hands all day long and we touch our faces from 2 to 6 times each minute. So, wash your hands very, very well.
Don’t try to touch anything before doing so and always use soap for at least one minute. After that, don’t touch any surfaces in the bathroom, including the door knobs because after all, it is better to be safe than sorry!
So maybe toilet seats are not as scary as we have thought, but in all cases, these rules are going to save our lives from all the dangerous bacteria because you never know who has used that bathroom before you.