If you are one of those that put toilet paper on the toilet pan, you’ll NEVER do it again from now on
There are people that have difficulties to sit on a toilet that isn't their house toilet. There are people that have phobias concerning public restrooms and they avoid defecating at work. However, you don’t need to have a phobia to avoid doing it in a bar, club or gas station, where toilets are really dirty and neglected. In case of urgent needs, there are people that cover the pan with toilet paper and they even squat.
At first it’s something advisable. Moreover, it’s much more common than we think. In 1991, a group of researchers carried out a survey among 528 patients of a certain clinic and discovered that 85% of them avoided touching the toilet pan in the public restrooms and they urinated bending their legs. 12% put toilet paper on the pan and only 2% actually sat on it.
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But are public restrooms that dangerous? To be honest, in comparison to other surfaces, not really. Every public restroom has probably less bacteria than the sink in your kitchen or definitely your bathroom sink, since it’s the place with the biggest number of microbes in the house.
Truth is that public restrooms get dirty very fast. Everyone had at least one urgent need to use this bathroom. But then, what we saw behind the toilet door was something good for a scenario of Resident Evil movie. That was the moment when most of us asked ourselves if we really have to go through such unpleasant moment or if it’s better to go to another restroom. What should we do in such situation?
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Well, first thing that comes to our minds seems obvious. We catch a piece of paper and put it on the toilet pan just to create a barrier between us and pathogenic agents. We don’t know how many people have visited that place and for what cause, do we?
It's a fact that you should NOT do such thing AT ALL. What’s more, you shouldn’t put toilet paper on the toilet because the seat has been designed in a clever way. Throughout the years people thought that toilet seats were full of germs and dirt and that we could easily catch some gastrointestinal diseases or even something worse.
The mere form of the toilet and a soft cover prevent bacteria appearance. Moreover, germs can’t reproduce on bare skin, so touching the toilet seat doesn't seem to be so bad. However if you use toilet paper, the story is quite different.
We perfectly know that there are people who don’t put the cover down or flush. It all means that there're a lot of germs spread all over the place. Those germs land on the toilet paper as well. Contrary to the toilet seat, toilet paper is a perfect place for germs growth as the surface is ideal for the proliferation of bacteria. It's exactly the toilet paper that you touch with your hands and then you touch your face letting germs to spread on your whole body.
The same thing happens with sinks and hand dryers. People use sinks after doing their "thing", making it a true bomb of germs. Sinks are touched by everyone’s hands. The same thing occurs with electrical hand dryers that spread bacteria on a much bigger area.
Electrical hand dryers eject air towards the interior of the place and, at the same time, they throw bacteria and viruses in all directions. Moreover, residual germs that stay on your hands spread even more. In general, the bigger the airflow, the bigger amount of germs spread. The best option is to use paper towels as they eliminate a lot of germs.
That’s how it all works. Next time you use the public toilet, rethink sitting on the toilet paper and consider using the seat itself. In opinion of many, it's just healthier to sit on the bare toilet.
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