Layer of loo roll not the an­swer

Stanthorpe Border Post - - HEALTHY LIVING - The Sun

VIS­IT­ING a pub­lic bath­room can be a pretty trau­matic ex­pe­ri­ence. While many of us prob­a­bly try to avoid it at all costs, some­times it’s a needs must sit­u­a­tion.

If you’re su­per hy­gien­econ­scious, you may think you’re do­ing your bot­tom a favour by coat­ing the seat with a pro­tec­tive layer of toi­let pa­per.

But by do­ing so you’re ac­tu­ally ex­pos­ing your­self to more bac­te­ria. You see, toi­let seats are de­signed to re­pel such nas­ties. Their shape and the smooth sur­face make it ex­tremely dif­fi­cult for germs to latch on to them.

Re­search has found the av­er­age pub­lic toi­let seat is cleaner than most peo­ple’s kitchen sinks, chop­ping boards and wash­ing up sponges.

Toi­let pa­per has a rough tex­ture and is de­signed to be ab­sorbent, mak­ing it per­fect for bac­te­ria to stick to.

Ev­ery time the toi­let is flushed, tonnes of germs are launched into the air and are scat­tered across the room. A whole load of these end up on the toi­let pa­per roll.

Also, our skin acts as our per­sonal nat­u­ral bar­rier and pro­tects us from nasty mi­cro-or­gan­isms. Much of the bac­te­ria found on seats is al­ready present on our bod­ies.

LOO-SING BAT­TLE: Toi­let pa­per on the seat is no pro­tec­tion.

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