Sometimes you just can’t hold it until you get home and you’re faced with the prospect of using a public bathroom.
Do you hover? Do you cover the seat with toilet paper? Do you just plop on down and go about your business?
When faced with the dilemma, the solution might seem obvious cover the seat with a few pieces of toilet paper so you at least create a barrier between your body and all that nasty bacteria.
Well, it turns out that it might not be as simple as that, and in fact, that’s not the best approach at all.
People assume that toilets are covered in bacteria, but the actual seats themselves are cleverly designed to not pick up any.
Their deliberate curve and smooth surface prevents bacteria from sticking around, so theyre rather safe to sit on.
Germs cannot multiply on bare skin alone, so dont expect to get sick from sitting on a dry public toilet seat (key word being “dry,” of course).
So where are all the germs?
On the toilet paper.
Unlike toilet seats, nothing else in a bathroom stall is designed to prevent bacteria from sticking to it. Germs get spread all around the stall when we flush the toilet. They latch onto the walls, the door handle, the toilet paper dispenser, and, of course, the actual toilet paper.
So you when you lay down some paper, pick it up again when youre done, and then probably touch your face, youre likely exposing yourself to more bacteria.