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.