Are you one of those people who put a toilet paper on the toilet seat any time they go to the public restroom? Probably the reason for that is the “ick” factor.
If you really grab paper liner anytime before you sit down on the toilet seat, probably you are doing that with intention to prevent catching a disease from someone else’s splashes that may be left on the toilet seat. Isn’t that right?
Even though you thing that you’re doing the right thing, in this article we will explain why you should never put toilet paper on the toilet seat ever again.
Namely, it turned out that these liners actually may have more to do with providing comfort and reassurance to the user than doing anything in order to prevent some disease.
According to experts, toilet seats are not a vehicle for the transmission of any infectious agents and because of that you won’t catch anything. As a matter of fact, toilet seats were considered to be a way of transmitting gastrointestinal or sexually transmitted infections, but that idea now is refuted in research.
Another important thing that you should know is that if you cover the toilet seat with a toilet paper you actually will do more harm than good. Now, probably all of you are interested about the reason – why?
And the answer is quite simple: the toilet paper is loaded with harmful viruses and bacteria, which can harm your health. When someone is done – that person flush, and don’t put the toilet seat down after that. In this study it was proven that these splashes can go up to 2 m in height. That is the reason why all harmful bacteria go on the toilet paper.
Experts say that the main reason why those liners exist is because of toilets’ inherent “ick” factor. Still, it is important to mention that there are not any disease – causing bacteria such as E. coli and streptococcus on a toilet seat. However, the good thing about human bodie is that the skin on our behinds serves as an effective, protective barrier.
Because of the above mentioned reasons, we highly recommend you to avoid this method unless you have your own toilet paper.