Layer of loo roll not the answer
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.