The toilet, the toilet bowl toilet, the toilet … Although each house has a name, we all use it. But… Are we using it well?
Can a toilet really promote virus transmission? Do we know that the sponge, the towel or the toothbrushes can be colonized by fecal bacteria?
Every time we pull the chain, aerosols are created, small drops of water that remain in the environment for several minutes or even hours.
The aerosol sprays They are created with the movement of the water, transport the microorganisms that are in the cup and can reach up to 6 meters away without problems.
But there is a fundamental part of the toilet that serves as a barrier against microorganisms: the way. Be it artificial or human, as we will explain later.
The toilet flushes sprays full of viruses and bacteria
If the lid is not down when we pull the chain, these sprays se will spread much more freely in our bathroom. But, in addition, the dirtier the toilet is, the more bacteria will go with the sprays.
It is not pleasant to think that many of the bacteria that we expel, many of the microorganisms that live in our organic waste can reach, for example, the sink.
But that’s how it is. To the comb, to the toothbrush, to the sponge, to the artichoke of the shower… However, there are two simple and effective solutions: clean often and lower the lid.
Clean thoroughly and frequently
Thorough cleaning is essential. The origin of many of the bacteria that appear in the aerosols is from previous uses of the toilet.
Also, if it is not cleaned relatively frequently, bacteria colonize toilet walls and water.
Some can even create biofilms, which are protective films where bacteria protect themselves and that makes cleaning much more difficult.
That is why it is highly recommended to wash every few days with products that ensure good disinfection, such as bleach.
And it is also very important to rub the walls of the toilet to remove dirt well, because that is where microorganisms especially catch hold.
Extreme prudence with the sick
If there is a sick person in the house, we must be even more careful.
A person with viral gastroenteritis sheds millions of viruses every time they go to the bathroom.
AND if the lid is not lowered when you pull the flush, the virus will spread throughout the room. People who enter later will have a greater chance of catching it.
And this is true for other viruses capable of being transmitted through feces, such as our current and infamous SARS-Cov2.
The most advisable thing in these cases of illness is to use different baths, whenever possible.
If there is only one bathroom at home, in addition to lowering the lid and cleaning more often, we should wait as long as possible before someone else uses it.
Clean the flush button and use the brush
In turn, it is advisable to clean the flush button, the surface where we sit and the doorknobs, places that we touch with our hands.
And evidently wash our hands well after use.
All these recommendations are extensible to bars and restaurants, office or other public places. Although we have all seen crowded places where there are toilets disgusting.
Either due to lack of cleanliness or because there are many people using them, they should be included hygiene measures.
Among the possible ones, perhaps the use of ultraviolet radiation (when no one is inside) should be highlighted.
It is also important that after each use we remove any possible remains on the walls of the toilet. Use the brush, speaking clear.
Should men urinate sitting up or standing up?
Surely many will not like this question, but if we are talking about hygiene and the toilet, there is an uncomfortable question that we must ask ourselves: Is it better to urinate sitting or standing?
Definitely, and no matter how manly, at home it is better to urinate sitting down. In unhygienic public toilets it is perfectly understood that standing is preferred and it is good to do so.
But at home …
When urinating standing up, the rate of fall is greater and is usually straight into the water. This causes more aerosols and even splashes to be created.
Doing it seated implies a lower speed and, in addition, you act as a “cover” yourself.
Its alot more hygienic and no one is going to end the world for it.
And to finish, one last note: Did I already say that you have to lower the lid before pulling the toilet?
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.