Why should you always flush the toilet with the seat closed? Experts have explained why you should always put the loo seat down when you flush
We all know how important it is to wash our hands, wipe them clean with toilet paper or paper towel and we mastered toilet training many, many years ago.
But there is one loo rule that not everyone obeys… and in not doing so you could be exposing yourself to millions of nasty germs.
Not putting the seat closed when you flush to toilet sends germs flying all over your bathroom, experts warned.
And one of the grim places they land is on your toothbrush and toilet paper – which ends up in your mouth and well, all over you in the case of tissue paper.
It’s called “the aerosol effect”, according to Realtor.com . “You get a good spray out of the toilet area and when droplets come out of the toilet, it looks like Independence Day.”
The most common types of bacteria found in the bathroom are nasty bugs like E.coli, Streptococcus, and salmonella, which can trigger nasty bouts of food poisoning.
The average person flushes the toilet five to six times each day, adding up to nearly 2,000 flushes per year.
So, each time you flush, an aerosol is created due to the rush of water into the bowl.
When this happens, any microbes deposited into said toilet may be sent into the surrounding environment.
Bacteria can fly 10 inches up into the air, experts revealed in an extensive study.
But, as well as shutting the loo seat, there are other ways you can reduce the risk of toilet germs hitting you – and your toiletries.
Experts suggest moving your toothbrush and your toilet paper at least 3ft away from the bowl.
It’s also worth using a ‘drop-in’ toilet cleaner to make sure the loo is kept as clean and fresh as possible.
Also, people should always wash their hands, clean it dry with tissue paper… and make sure the toilet is clean – always.
Don’t forget to ALWAYS flush the toilet with the seat closed.
In other toilet news, here are 10 Things You Shouldn’t Flush Down The Toilet.