We’re all guilty of doing it once in a while but, bad toilet habits really need to stop and some could actually be detrimental to your health. Find out what these are and what they can do to harm you:
Using Toilet Paper Instead Of A Bidet/Bidet Shower
Despite how soft and fluffy they are, wiping yourself after a bowel movement with toilet paper isn’t enough — cleanliness wise.
Toilet paper can leave behind germs and provide a sort of means for germs to spread on your delicate areas and cause infections to happen. Bidets provide a more thorough cleaning and prevent the spread of bacteria.
Solution: So if you’re out in public, attempt to find a toilet cubicle with a bidet or bring yourself some wet wipes for a more thorough clean.
Wiping Back To Front
Ladies, this one is for you.
Health experts have said that wiping from back to front introduces germs or worst, fecal matter, from the anus to your vagina and urethra. When bacteria travels up your urethra, a urinary tract infection can happen, especially since women tend to be more susceptible to them.
Solution: Wipe from front to back and don’t use the same side of the toilet paper, twice.
Flushing With The Toilet Lid Up
Experts have said that flushing without closing the lid on your toilet seat could actually cause “toilet plume”. Toilet plume is air that manages to surface from the force that generates the flushing.
Upon doing so, you’re allowing invisible fecal matter and bacteria float about in the air around you. Yes, the very same air you breathe.
Solution: Before flushing, put the lid down on your toilet bowl.
Bringing Your Phone/Magazine/Other Reading Materials Into The Toilet
Our smartphones have become a vital part of us, so much so that we’re all guilty of bringing them to the toilet with us at least once.
But did you know that air pathogens such as salmonella, E.coli and other substances can get lodged into your phone’s crevices?
Solution: Don’t bring your phone to the toilet with you. Disinfect your phone with alcohol wipes at least once a week.
Not Sanitising The Seat Before Using A Public Toilet
As mentioned in previous slides, airborne germs can get propelled into the air when a toilet is flushed without the lid on.
Solution: Use a hand sanitiser to clean a toilet seat before use to kill bacteria. Alternatively, line the toilet seat with toilet paper.