If you are like most people, you often use public restrooms. We use them in cinema halls, restaurants, hotels, offices, railway stations, airports etc. In fact, there is no running away from public restrooms in modern life. But common perception is that public toilets are a hothouse of germs and cause disease! Many women squat on public toilets just because they feel they will get an STD if they sit down on the toilet seat!
Is it true?
Experts say that public toilets (when kept clean by staff) are as good or bad as the toilets in our homes. It is very unlikely that you may catch any STD or other disease by sitting on the toilet. But there are germs in these toilets and there are a few tips you may follow to keep yourself clean and hygienic.
How to Use a Public Toilet and Avoid the Germs
1. Choose the stall wisely. Open a few available stalls and pick the one that seems cleanest. Usually the ones in corners are used less frequently, hence are cleaner.
2. Carry wet wipes with you when you go out. Use one to wipe down a toilet seat before you sit down to do your business.
3. Pull up your pants and adjust your dress before you flush. This is because flushing is what causes the maximum spread of germs. So exit the stall immediately after hitting the flush button.
4. Do not touch your face or nose when in the public toilet.
5. Wash your hands with soap after using the washroom.
6. Avoid touching any surface with your hands - except the flush button, when you are in the stall.
Follow these common sense rules and you should be okay!