Many people around the world, including me, always put a toilet paper on the toilet seat – whenever they go to the public restroom. Well, I really think that the “ick” factor is responsible for that.
Can I ask you a simple question – are you one of those people who always grabs a paper liner before they sit down on the toilet seat? So, if your answer is yes, then you probably do that to prevent catching a disease from someone else’s splashes that may be left on the toilet seat, right?
And you probably think that you’re doing the right thing, right? But, hold on for a second – what if we tell you that you should never put toilet paper on the toilet seat – ever again?
Well, it turns out that these liners may have more to do with providing comfort and reassurance to the user than actually doing anything to prevent disease. The experts say that’s because toilet seats are not a vehicle for the transmission of any infectious agents — so, you won’t catch anything. Toilet seats were once thought to be a way of transmitting gastrointestinal or sexually transmitted infections, but that idea has since been refuted in research.
You should also know that if you cover the toilet seat with a toilet paper – you will do more harm than good. And now, you probably ask yourself – why? Well, the toilet paper is loaded with harmful viruses and bacteria, which can harm your health. So, when people are done – they all flush, but they don’t put the toilet seat down. And this study has discovered that these splashes can go up to 2 m in height. So, all the harmful bacteria go on the toilet paper.
And, the experts say that the main reason why those liners exist is because of toilets’ inherent “ick” factor. And, we’re not saying that there aren’t disease-causing bacteria — such as E. coli and streptococcus — on a toilet seat. But, the good thing about our bodies, is that the skin on our behinds serves as an effective, protective barrier. We highly recommend that you should avoid this method – unless you have your own toilet paper.