Public bathrooms don't tend to be anyone's favorite. While some restrooms are cleaner than others, there's still no way to be sure that you aren't exposing yourself to bacteria or viruses. Many people use toilet paper to line the seat as a barrier between their skin and seat, but that might make things worse. Read on to learn why.
When nature calls, you've got to answer, after all. Toilet seats are designed to keep bacteria at bay.
Many bacteria and viruses can't survive for long outside of the human body.
"Toilet seats are not a vehicle for the transmission of any infectious agents," said Dr. William Schaffner, a professor at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. "You won't catch anything," he told the Huffington Post.
For starters, flush with the seat lid down. This keeps toilet water from spreading mist around the room.
Use soap and water, and make sure to dry your hands well. Bacteria thrives the most in warm and wet environments.
There are plenty on your smartphone-these devices can carry up to 10 times more bacteria than a toilet seat! Clean it up with a disinfecting wipe.
If you handle raw meat in your kitchen sink, you'll want to disinfect the area at least twice a week.
Our skin does a fantastic job of keeping germs out of our bodies, so wash your hands and rest easy.