Why Should You Flush a Toilet
with the Lid Down?
Your loo lid is there for a reason. There are 3.2 million microbes per square inch in the average toilet bowl, according to Professor of Environmental Microbiology, Charles Gerba, at the University of Arizona. Flushing without shutting results in an ‘aerosol’ mist that’s propelled nearly two metres, settling on the floor, the sink and you toothbrush! Eew!
So, in future, close the toilet seat cover. Step away from the toilet before you flush because germs can be propelled into the air when it is flushed.
The handle is where most of the germs live on the toilet exterior. An easy fix in your home is to wipe the handle daily with Clorox® Disinfecting Wipes. In public restrooms, consider covering the handle with a small piece of toilet paper.
Lather your hands for 20 full seconds after using the bathroom. A quick wash won't do it particularly when using a public restroom. Water alone will not remove dirt or kill bacteria. A teaspoon of liquid soap (more sanitary than bar soap, but not a health necessity) or a generous portion of bar soap is needed.