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Stop Putting Toilet Paper on Public Toilets, Here’s Why

Stop Putting Toilet Paper on Public Toilets, Here’s Why


Get this! There are more than one hundred million microbes
living in a single apple, and billions on an office key card. But as for a toilet seat… well, there are
much fewer bacteria on it than you think. Really, we’ve counted. Microbes are everywhere, but there’s a lot
more to it than that. You’re in a hurry to get to work, but suddenly
feel like using the bathroom. You’re far from both home and the office,
and you feel that you don’t have much time. You find some cafe, run to the bathroom, lower
the toilet seat and freeze. “Who sat here before me? How many germs are there on it?” — you think. Then, you tear off a long stretch of toilet
paper, divide it into sheets, and cover the seat. Or just put the whole stretch on it in a V-shape. And only after that you finally sit down. Sounds familiar? Well, I’ve got good news and bad news for
you. Bad news is, the paper won’t help save you
from germs. Good news — you don’t have to waste time
covering the seat with it. The fact is that toilet paper isn’t an obstacle
for germs and bacteria. It absorbs moisture, which makes it an excellent
place for microbes to reproduce. Your skin, on the other hand, is much more
reliable than paper. Microscopic organisms can’t pass through it. There is nothing to worry about as long as
the toilet seat looks dry and there are no cuts on your behind and hips. But if you’re still anxious, the best option
would be to use sanitary tissues. Just wipe the seat with them before sitting
down. Toilet seats are actually much cleaner than
other places in the bathroom. A lot of bacteria live in places people touch
with unwashed hands, that is, the sinks, doorknobs, or rolls of toilet paper. When you finish your business, lower the toilet
lid before flushing. Clean water gets mixed with dirty, and splashes
of it fly to the surface and contaminate everything around — walls, floor, and even toilet paper. In a way, you sit on even more bacteria when
you cover the seat. Wash your hands for 20-30 seconds with warm
water and soap. Don’t close the tap with your hand, use a
tissue or paper towel for this. And try not to touch anything with your hands
on your way out. Another important question – how to dry
your hands? Using a paper towel or hand dryer? Lots of microbes live on both of them, but
paper towels are safer. Hand dryer blows off germs both on your skin
and across the bathroom. Or, you know, wipe your hands off on your
pants. Oh, you do that too? Relieved, in more ways than one, you leave
the bathroom and go to work. But when you arrive, you don’t even realize
that you’ve come to a much dirtier place — your office. According to many studies, office space houses
several hundred times more microbes than a toilet lid. The number reaches billions. Many people eat at their workplace. Crumbs fall on the keyboard, and it’s difficult
to get them out of there. It becomes a perfect place for germs to spread. The people around make the situation even
worse. Some don’t see the need to wash their hands,
others are a little sick. If you could see how many germs there are
with your own eyes, you’d never step into the office again. Also, a lot of bacteria dwell on the key card. According to scientists, the number of germs
on it can be several hundred times higher than on your pet’s toy. But don’t you worry about it too much! If your immune system is alright, these microbes
won’t hurt you. Of course, there are super bacteria and dangerous
viruses that defeat the immune system and can resist many antibiotics, so it’s always
best to consult your doctor if you feel unwell. Basic hygiene should help you avoid getting
sick, though, so try following these simple rules:
– Don’t touch your face with your hands, especially the eyes and nose. – Frequently wash hands in warm water with
soap. By the way, antibacterial soap is not much
better at eradicating bacteria than common one, but it dries the skin, so stick to the
ordinary. – Use sanitary tissues or antiseptic gel,
especially before meals. – If you’re sick, always wear a face mask
to stop bacteria from spreading around. Some foods help get rid of harmful intestinal
germs. These include manuka honey, garlic, raspberries,
blueberries, strawberries, green tea, and broccoli. Yep your mom was right, it is good for you! Drink more clean water and take more vitamins. And remember – your best protector against
germs is your own body. So the working day is over. You’re taking public transport to go home. The dirtiest place here is the handrails. Thousands of people hold onto them with their
bare hands, so try not to touch them. Finally, you come home and open the door. “Home, sweet home. I’ll be safe here,” you think. Well, don’t want to upset you, but no, you
won’t. Your house is also full of germs. And the toilet is the cleanest area here. Here are some of the most microbe-infested
places: – Gamepads. The more friends you invite home to play the
console, the more bacteria end up on the gamepads. But don’t only blame the guests — you
leave much more germs on them yourself. Remember how many times you took the gamepad
with greasy hands while eating? That food grease helps bacteria grow. And you’re not likely to remember the gamepads
while cleaning the house either. – Mobile phone. This one is pretty clear: you rarely let it
out of your hands. There just might be more bacteria on your
phone than on the soles of your shoes. – Kitchen board. Oh the things you cut on it! Raw meat, fish, poultry, vegs, and whatever. To clean it thoroughly, don’t just rinse it
with water, but wash it with dishwashing liquid very carefully. Say, you cut some zucchini on your board and
forgot to wash it. Bacteria would stay and cling to anything
you put there next. Wooden boards pose higher risk since bacteria
can penetrate their fibers and remain there even after thorough washing. – Blender. The irony here is that a healthy protein shake
or smoothie may become the source of harmful bacteria. They accumulate in hard-to-reach places where
food gets stuck – between the blades. Don’t be lazy and clean the blender at least
once a week. – Shower head. Microbes accumulate inside it, and you risk
breathing or swallowing bacteria when you turn on the water. This is especially dangerous for people with
weak immunity. Turn on the water about a minute before you
start to wash, and regularly clean the nozzle to reduce the number of germs. – Sponge for dishes. A week is enough to accumulate a critical
level of bacteria there. Just think about it: a wet, soft, warm place
with microscopic pieces of food. Isn’t that a paradise for bacteria? Uh huh. Use antibacterial detergents to spoil germ’s
vacation. Squeeze and dry the sponge as best as possible. Change it once a week. – Your favorite place in the house is also
the dirtiest. It’s the fridge. One of the main sources of bacteria is food
packaging. Thousands of people walk past your products
in supermarkets; some pick them up and put them back. Meat is of particular danger if it lives in
your fridge for a long time. Try to put it away from other products so
that microbes don’t spread to them. Regularly wash the shelves and the door. Among the trillions upon trillions of bacteria,
there are a lot of safe ones, though. Many of them work for the good of our body
and help our immunity. Microbes are responsible for almost every
biological process on Earth, so they’re not exclusively bad, you know. So if you think something’s been bugging
you, now you know. Hey, if you learned something new today, then
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