It’s a strange, yet incredibly common habit among people to cover the toilet seat in public restrooms with toilet paper.
The reason behind this is the belief that by doing so, you’ll somehow prevent a possible infection from other people’s urine that may have remained on the seat. And you can’t blame yourself for that. But, you should know that you’re far from doing the right thing.
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. Experts explain that 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 should be mentioned 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 very 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.
Last, but not least, health experts reassure that the only reason why toilet liners are used in public restrooms is because they do provide some reassurance and comfort to people, especially those who have the ‘ick’ factor. Although disease-causing bacteria such as E. coli and streptococcus can be found on a toilet seat, this doesn’t necessarily mean that you’ll get infected. For one thing, your skin serves as an effective, protective barrier that prevents such bacteria attacking your body.
Therefore, if we sum up all above mentioned reasons, we highly recommend you to avoid this method unless you have your own toilet paper.