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I heard somewhere that when you flush a toilet, it spews bacteria up into the air. The source said people should not keep toothbrushes within five feet of a toilet, or always close the toilet lid.<br><br><br><br>
Is there any truth to this? Not every toilet has a lid, especially those in public or business bathrooms. Should you hold your breath when leaving the toilet stall? That's what would make sense if there's really extra bacteria floating around in the air after you flush a toilet.
 

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Yes it's true. I don't have a source.<br><br><br><br>
It kinda sucks, because my bathroom is only about 5 feet by 5 feet (not including the shower). <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/laugh.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":lol:">
 
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yeah, i heard that you should drop the lid before flushing too.<br><br><br><br>
but if it helps, i think its relative- as i also learned in school, that if you can smell something, its cos particles of it are in your nose and mouth (most of smell is taste, apparently) so if you smell poop, you've got it in your nose and mouth (bleurgh!!!!) already. at least if you flush and smell toilet cleaner too, you're covered to an extent, so to speak, lol.<br><br><br><br>
on the other hand, toilets, at least those cleaned relatively regularly, are probably a lot more hygenic than many other places... doorknobs, coins, pens for signing a cheque in a store, etc which come into contact with plenty of unwashed hands and the like, and which aren't routinely cleaned with disinfectant.<br><br><br><br>
oooh, i also read somewhere that you should NEVER put your bag on the floor in a bathroom, as the levels of bateria on the bottom of womens bags is generally scary-gross high because of this.<br><br><br><br>
use the hook, lol, use the hook. if there is no hook, balance your bag on your head, or hold it in one hand in the air, and use the other for bathroom stuff, hehehe.
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>hoodedclawjen</strong> <a href="/forum/post/0"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
use the hook, lol, use the hook. if there is no hook, balance your bag on your head, or hold it in one hand in the air, and use the other for bathroom stuff, hehehe.</div>
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Ha ha...I already have to squat over the loo so I dont touch the seat and now Im going to have to balance my bag on my head at the same time...that'd be a sight to behold wouldn't it?! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/dizzy2.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":dizzy:"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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I try to balance my bag on the toilet paper holder if there's no hook. Or at least hang it over the holder, if possible.<br><br><br><br>
I would NEVER put something on the floor in a public restroom. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/no.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":no:">
 

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A friend and I discussed how anytime you smell a fart, you're essentially eating little fart-particles. It makes sense to me.<br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br>
*** I have strange friends. My friends have strange friends.
 

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oooh, i also read somewhere that you should NEVER put your bag on the floor in a bathroom, as the levels of bateria on the bottom of womens bags is generally scary-gross high because of this.<br></div>
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The purse comments seem to have a basis in fact:<br><br><br><br><a href="http://www.snopes.com/medical/disease/purse.asp" target="_blank">http://www.snopes.com/medical/disease/purse.asp</a>
 

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I saw a thing on mythbusters, and i'm pretty sure no matter where you keep your toothbrush (even in the medicine cabinet) toilet bacteria will get to it... I could be wrong, but i'm pretty sure that was the results of their study.
 

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I heard somewhere that when you flush a toilet, it spews bacteria up into the air. The source said people should not keep toothbrushes within five feet of a toilet, or always close the toilet lid.<br><br><br><br>
Is there any truth to this? Not every toilet has a lid, especially those in public or business bathrooms. Should you hold your breath when leaving the toilet stall? That's what would make sense if there's really extra bacteria floating around in the air after you flush a toilet.</div>
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For what it is worth:<br><br><br><br><b>Does flushing the toilet cause dirty water to be spewed around the bathroom?<br><br></b><br><br><br><br><a href="http://www.straightdope.com/classics/a990416.html" target="_blank">http://www.straightdope.com/classics/a990416.html</a><br><br><br><br><b>Think before you flush or brush</b><br><br><br><br><a href="http://serendip.brynmawr.edu/biology/b103/f02/web2/stan.html" target="_blank">http://serendip.brynmawr.edu/biology...web2/stan.html</a>
 

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They had a segment on the Discovery channel where they put a chemical into the toilet that would glow under black light, flushed the toilet (lid up) and then turned the lights out and examined the bathroom under black light. There were droplets everywhere <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/spew.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":spew:">
 

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<div class="quote-block"><b>a fun experiment</b><br><br><br><br>
Teachers may like to do this experiment with small groups. Parents may also like to do it at home. Children should not do this experiment without adult supervision.<br><br><br><br>
1. Before you start, make sure that the toilet has been flushed properly.<br><br>
2. Put about 15ml (1 tablespoon) of food colouring into the toilet bowl.<br><br>
3. Put the seat up and stretch cling film across the top of the bowl, so that it covers all of it and sticks to the outside of the toilet.<br><br>
4. Flush the toilet and watch as droplets fly up to the underside of the cling film. If the cling film wasn’t there, those drops could fly out and land on the floor.<br><br>
5. Let each pupil or child look at the cling film through a magnifying glass, to see how many smaller droplets there are. The drops could all be carrying germs that can make us ill.<br><br>
6. Don't forget to remove the cling film! It should be put in an outside bin.<br><br>
7. Everyone who took part should wash their hands after this experiment.<br><br><br><br><b>Encouraging pupils to close the toilet lid</b><br><br><br><br>
The above experiment can be very useful in encouraging pupils to close the toilet lid before they flush.</div>
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They had a segment on the Discovery channel where they put a chemical into the toilet that would glow under black light, flushed the toilet (lid up) and then turned the lights out and examined the bathroom under black light. There were droplets everywhere <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/spew.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":spew:"></div>
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Oh yeah.. that's what I saw on TV. I couldn't think of where I heard this. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/tongue3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":p">
 

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It might be worth spending the money to get one of these gizmoes:<br><br><br><br><a href="http://www.purebrush.com/index.htm" target="_blank">http://www.purebrush.com/index.htm</a><br><br><br><br>
They also act as a closed container to shield the brushes from "spray."
 

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Why don't a lot of public and business toilets have lids? I consistently see toilets with lids in people's homes, but rarely when out and about. Is this to save money? I would think it's to businesses' benefit to include lids in the hopes that people will close them and spread less bacteria, thus reducing the amount of sick time workers will use.<br><br><br><br>
But then, with so many people refusing to <i>freakin' wash their hands</i>, I doubt those same people will bother to close the toilet lid, either.
 

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Alternately, you could think about all the times you've brushed your teeth (or used the restroom) and not died from disease. Then, continue living with thanks that you have an immune system to help keep you healthy.<br><br><br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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But then, with so many people refusing to <i>freakin' wash their hands</i>, I doubt those same people will bother to close the toilet lid, either.</div>
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<br><br><br><span style="color:#008000;">What freaks me out is once I get my hands all washed and clean, then I have to go <i>touch the doorhandle</i> on the bathroom door where all the people who refuse to <i>freakin' wash their hands</i> put their hands too.<br><br>
I've started either using an elbow if it's a push door, or grabbing an extra paper towel to use on the knob/handle. Otherwise, you gotta go back in and rewash and then touch the door again and then rewash and then go back in....<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/worried.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":worried:"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/dizzy2.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":dizzy:"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"></span>
 

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I don't like when people shut the lid because then I have to use my hand to lift it. Ew. I hate having to touch the seat to put it down, too, if it's up.<br><br>
Not my own, but public ones, I mean.<br><br><br><br>
I'd rather have the seat exposed and sit my happy ass directly on the seat than to touch the lid.<br><br><br><br>
I gave up brushing my teeth because of the poop bacteria on my toothbrush. Thanks, mythbusters! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/thumbsup.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":up:">
 

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Alternately, you could think about all the times you've brushed your teeth (or used the restroom) and not died from disease. Then, continue living with thanks that you have an immune system to help keep you healthy.<br><br><br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"></div>
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My toothbrush has always been stored in the medicine cabinet.<br><br><br><br>
I suppose we could just chalk it up to good immune systems and never worry about germs again, but then I could quit washing my hands, too, because "lots of other people don't die from that."
 

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I don't like when people shut the lid because then I have to use my hand to lift it. Ew. I hate having to touch the seat to put it down, too, if it's up.<br><br>
Not my own, but public ones, I mean.<br><br><br><br>
I'd rather have the seat exposed and sit my happy ass directly on the seat than to touch the lid.<br><br><br><br>
I gave up brushing my teeth because of the poop bacteria on my toothbrush. Thanks, mythbusters! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/thumbsup.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":up:"></div>
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That's why you use your foot to lift the lid, then squat <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/tongue3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":p">
 
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