Attention Germaphobes: Here's Why You Shouldn't Use Toilet Paper To Line The Seat

Why you shouldn't use toilet paper like this.

Attention Germaphobes: Here's Why You Shouldn't Use Toilet Paper To Line The Seat
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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.

For Starters, Don't Fear The Germs.

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When nature calls, you've got to answer, after all. Toilet seats are designed to keep bacteria at bay.

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Germs Aren't As Tough As You Think.

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Many bacteria and viruses can't survive for long outside of the human body.

Don't Worry.

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"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.

Close The Lid.

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For starters, flush with the seat lid down. This keeps toilet water from spreading mist around the room.

Wash And Dry Your Hands.

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Use soap and water, and make sure to dry your hands well. Bacteria thrives the most in warm and wet environments.

Where Are The Germs?

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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.

In Your Home, Too.

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If you handle raw meat in your kitchen sink, you'll want to disinfect the area at least twice a week.

Trust Your Body.

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Our skin does a fantastic job of keeping germs out of our bodies, so wash your hands and rest easy.

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