When you are out in public, and if you suddenly have to go to the bathroom, then you will want to rush to the closest public washroom – even though you don’t like public washrooms since they are known to not be overly hygienic. And once race to find one, then the first thing you do is find a stall and grab toilet tissue to put on the seat before you do your business. That is the automatic response. However, is that really a good idea? Chances are you have not thought about that. That is because it makes sense to put toilet paper on the toilet seat that could be riddled with germs. But is the toilet seat really riddled with germs? You would be surprised to learn that the worst possible thing you can do is put toilet tissue from the stall onto the seat before sitting on it.
Why Is It Not Advisable To Put Toilet Tissue On The Public Toilet Seat Before Using It?
You are aware each time the toilet flushes that a plume of bacteria and other unhealthy microbes and fecal matter come shooting up from the toilet. That is why when you go to the bathroom at home, you are advised to close down the toilet lid so that the plume does not shoot up in the air. And it can shoot up to six feet surrounding the area if you keep the lid up as you flush. Most public washrooms do not have lids attached to the toilets. Therefore, you are unable to close the lids when you flush. Therefore, the bacteria and unhealthy microbes from the plume will end up all over the toilet tissue rolls by the toilet.
Even though many public washrooms have the toilet paper encased in protective cases, the pieces hanging down that you grab when you use the washroom are full of bacteria. Therefore, the tissue you use is filled with bacteria and fecal matter. And if you use that tissue to put on the toilet seat, then you are only coming in contact with those germs as you sit on the tissues that you placed on the seat. Now that you know this fact, what is the best thing to do when you want to keep yourself protected from germs when you need to use the bathroom in a public setting?
What Do You Do With A Public Toilet Seat If You Are Not Advised To Put Tissue On The Seat?
The answer to this may surprise you, but you don’t need to do anything. The toilet seats virtually have no germs as shocking as this sounds, the material the seats are made from is germ-resistant. Bacteria and other germs will not last on those toilet seats for very long. Therefore, you do not have to put anything at all on public toilet seats as you will not end up with many germs on you.
However, if you are not convinced by that fact, then you can always bring your toilet or tissue paper to use for the seats. You can keep the tissues in your purse or wallet protected from the outside so they remain as germ-free as possible. And even better yet, you will want to use your own toilet paper to clean yourself after going to the bathroom anyway. Especially given the fact that the tissue in the bathroom stalls is full of germs anyway.
And no, that does not mean to take an entire toilet paper roll. Instead, you can rip away pieces of toilet paper, enough for you to have to take on the go in case you will need to use the washroom. The longer you anticipate being away from home, the more toilet paper pieces you can take with you. Put it in a bag, purse, or wallet.
That way, if you can avoid using the germ-ridden toilet paper in the stalls, that is the best thing to do. That way, you will not have to worry about the germs from the toilet coming in contact with you. And right after you flush, leave the stall as quickly as you can so you do not end up covered in the composition that creates the toilet plume.