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Hygiene: Does toilet paper on toilet seats protect against germs?


Protection against germs? It is better not to put toilet paper on the toilet seat

Nobody likes to go to public toilets. After all, these are often not exactly clean and possibly full of pathogens. Many people therefore cover the toilet seat with plenty of toilet paper to protect themselves from bacteria. But does that really help?

Unhygienic conditions in public toilets

Visiting a public toilet is often uncomfortable. Not every quiet place is cleaned regularly and well enough. This is not only disgusting, but sometimes also a health hazard. However, less than is often assumed. For example, health experts point out that there is little need to worry about venereal diseases caused by infections with toilet glasses. Nevertheless, hygiene is particularly important when visiting the toilet. Some people therefore put toilet paper on the toilet seat to protect themselves from germs. But this can be counterproductive.

Toilet paper can be full of germs

It is known that there are many pathogens in toilets. Therefore, putting toilet paper on the toilet seat does not usually protect against such germs.

Because infections by bacteria are not caused by skin transmission anyway. In addition, the flush is often operated with the lid open, so that not as many germs collect on the glasses.

Pathogens can lurk on the toilet paper itself. After all, a lot of bacteria spray through the air with the rinse water and can wet the floor, walls and even the toilet paper.

Therefore, you should avoid laying out with paper.

Unfortunately, hand washing is often neglected

However, thorough hand washing should not be avoided.

Most men, however, often neglect this important hygiene rule.

A study by students at the SRH Heidelberg University showed that around seven percent of visitors to public toilets did not wash their hands at all.

A significant difference between the sexes became clear here: While around eleven percent of men completely abstained from the cleaning ritual, it was only three percent among women.

With water and soap, but without considering the intensity, at least 82 percent of the women examined touched the contagion germs.

It was only 51 percent for men. Hand contact with men therefore carries a higher risk of transmission.

Dangers lurk in the kitchen

However, what is often neglected is that not only in toilets can pathogenic germs lurk, but also in the kitchen there are often huge amounts of them.

A scientific study has shown that kitchen sponges are true germ spinners.

"In some cases, the bacteria reached densities of more than 5 x 1010 cells per cubic centimeter," explained study leader Dr. Markus Egert according to a message from Furtwangen University. "These are concentrations that you would otherwise only find in faecal samples."

Dangerous germs can also be transmitted via cloths and rags, as scientists at the University of Mauritius recently reported. (ad)

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