Some times when nature calls, we are stuck in a public place and can’t make it to the comfort of the restroom in our homes.

More often than not, public toilets are never a beautiful picture; busted toilets, dirty seats, grimy floors, piled up faeces and so much more, most Nigerians can fill in the rest.

Quite understandably, many people have a worry about the use of public restrooms and apply different “protective” techniques – most popular are squatting instead of sitting and spreading toilet paper as barrier between the skin and the water closet.

The danger of the former is largely limited to sprain on the leg and the danger of falling and breaking a bone. The latter on the other hand is far more dangerous.

But first let’s run you through why public toilets shouldn’t scare you as much as they do, or why you should rethink what scares you about them.

People presume that toilets are covered in bacteria. The seats are actually designed not to get any.

Their intentional curve and smooth surface area avoid bacteria from sticking around, so they’re rather safe to rest on.

Bacteria cannot multiply on bare skin alone, so don’t expect to get sick from resting on a dry public toilet seat.

Where are the real germs in public toilets? On the toilet paper; here’s why.

Unlike toilet seats, nothing else in a restroom, public or otherwise is designed to prevent bacteria from sprouting on it.

Bacteria get spread out all around the stall when we flush the toilet. They latch onto the walls, the door handle, the bathroom tissue dispenser, and, of course, the real toilet paper.

Regrettably, toilet tissue’s surface is best for gathering bacteria. Bacteria settle right into the paper – which we have the tendency to have no reservations about placing on our bodies, typically utilising it to blow our noses or wipe our faces. By doing so, we make it very easy for these nasty bacteria to access our bodies.

In truth, almost every surface of a public toilet is festering with bacteria, including the sink and the hand dryers.

According to a research study released in the Journal of Applied Microbiology, aside from flushing toilets, electric hand clothes dryers are mainly accountable for distributing high quantities of germs around a restroom.

For those who use public restrooms in big hotels, here is for you. The issue with electric hand dryers is the airflow. While blowing water off your hands, they’re likewise blowing bacteria and viral particles up into the air.

This gets circulated throughout the space, infecting just about everything in sight. While the air blowing from the hand dryer might be clean, low-mounted hand clothes dryers will collect pools of bacteria-infested water that drip off the user’s hands.

So, what should you do if you have to use a public washroom? Do not build a toilet paper barrier. Also, close the toilet cover before flushing to prevent bacteria from getting around.

Author: Yemi Olarinre