Public Toilets: The Germs

Public toilets. A place we all have to use when in need, but definitely don't want too. It's a place thousands of us pass through each day, some of us leaving it cleaner than others. Some people feel so scared of the germs lurking in public bathrooms that they will cover the whole seat in toilet paper before they go or will simply hold it in. Skin bacteria along with outdoor bacteria are mainly found in public bathrooms and to make your day amazing, you actually don't have to worry too much about the germs found in there. A public bathroom is just as dirty or clean as your kitchen, phone or remote control. So there isn't a huge leap in risk that catching something in your own home.

Did you know that the handles on paper towel dispensers are among the dirtier places in bathrooms? This is due to the fact they're touched frequently by people who haven't washed their hands well enough. Lovely. In a recent study, it was discovered that skin bacteria is very high in public bathrooms because germs that usually live on the skin can survive for long periods of time on inanimate surfaces. Bacteria such as Staph and strep can be transmitted from skin and are most commonly found in places your hands touch (like door handles and dryers) whilst gut bacteria are found more on toilets. There is no need to fear public toilets, just make sure you sanitise after 'going' and especially before you eat after recently using the toilet.

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