Stop Putting Toilet Paper on Public Toilets, Here’s Why

Date: 2020-02-29 11:00:08

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There are more than one hundred million microbes living in a single apple and billions on an office key card. But as for a toilet seat… well, there are much fewer bacteria on it than you think. Really, we’ve counted. Microbes are everywhere, but there’s a lot more to it than that.

You’re in a hurry to get to work but suddenly feel like using the bathroom. You find some cafe, run to the bathroom, lower the toilet seat and freeze. “Who sat here before me? How many germs are there on it?” — you think. Then, you tear off a long stretch of toilet paper, divide it into sheets, and cover the seat. Or just put the whole stretch on it in a V-shape. And only after that you finally sit down. Well, we’ve got good news and bad news for you.

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TIMESTAMPS:
Is toilet paper an obstacle for germs? 1:04
How to dry your hands? 2:15
Your office is a much dirtier place! 2:34
Basic hygiene 3:43
The most microbe-infested places in your house 5:05

SUMMARY:
– Toilet paper isn’t an obstacle for germs and bacteria. It absorbs moisture, which makes it an excellent place for microbes to reproduce.
– A lot of bacteria live in places people touch with unwashed hands, that is, the sinks, doorknobs, or rolls of toilet paper.
– Wash your hands for 20-30 seconds with warm water and soap. Don’t close the tap with your hand, use a tissue or paper towel for this.
– Another important question – how to dry your hands? Using a paper towel or hand dryer? Lots of microbes live on both of them, but paper towels are safer.
– According to many studies, office space houses several hundred times more microbes than a toilet lid. The number reaches billions.
– But don’t you worry about it too much! If your immune system is alright, these microbes won’t hurt you.
– Antibacterial soap is not much better at eradicating bacteria than common one, but it dries the skin, so stick to the ordinary.
– If you’re sick, always wear a face mask to stop bacteria from spreading around.
– Some foods help get rid of harmful intestinal germs. These include manuka honey, garlic, raspberries, blueberries, strawberries, green tea, and broccoli.
– Your house is also full of germs. There just might be more bacteria on your phone than on the soles of your shoes.
– Wooden boards pose higher risk since bacteria can penetrate their fibers and remain there even after thorough washing.
– Shower head. Microbes accumulate inside it, and you risk breathing or swallowing bacteria when you turn on the water.
– Your favorite place in the house is also the dirtiest. It’s the fridge. One of the main sources of bacteria is food packaging.

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