Thursday, November 19, 2009

Reducing the Spread of Germs in the Bathroom

With cold and flu season upon us, we’re all thinking about how to reduce our exposure to germs. In addition to hand washing, there is another simple step we take at our house to prevent the spread of germs. We close the toilet lid before we flush the toilet, every time.

This is such a small thing to do and becomes a habit so easily yet, I don’t know anyone else who does this at their house consistently. Every time you flush the toilet, millions of particles fly into the air and then eventually settle back down onto your surfaces. (We keep our toothbrushes behind the closed door of our medicine cabinet for that very reason.) When you smell an unpleasant odor in your bathroom, that is molecules of whatever you’re smelling going into your nose. Pretty gross, right?

Well, if it’s going up your nose, it’s also getting on your hands and face and counter and everywhere else. Closing the toilet lid traps most of the germs inside the toilet so they aren’t spreading as much. Our bathroom is less germy and we have very few stomach ailments at our house as a result of this simple step.


  1. Hi! I am visiting from WFMW. I have been doing this for many years now. For those with males living with them, this would cut down the arguments about leaving the seat up since EVERYONE puts it down when finished.

  2. Oh my gosh you're right! I can't believe I never realized how gross that is. I'm going to make Husband do that every time now!

  3. I'm with you! My brother and I started this practice years ago to end arguments about putting the seat down--he thought of it after I accidentally dropped a towel into the toilet while the seat was down but the lid wasn't. 20+ years later and after reading about the germy-water spray, I'm disgusted when people leave the lid up.


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