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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.

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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Does flushing the toilet cause dirty water to be spewed around the bathroom?



http://www.straightdope.com/classics/a990416.html

Think before you flush or brush

http://serendip.brynmawr.edu/biology...web2/stan.html
 

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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.

1. Before you start, make sure that the toilet has been flushed properly.

2. Put about 15ml (1 tablespoon) of food colouring into the toilet bowl.

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.

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.

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.

6. Don't forget to remove the cling film! It should be put in an outside bin.

7. Everyone who took part should wash their hands after this experiment.

Encouraging pupils to close the toilet lid

The above experiment can be very useful in encouraging pupils to close the toilet lid before they flush.
http://www.bog-standard.org/factsheet_015.aspx
 

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I must say that I am more than a bit skeptical about many of these claims and about the idea that this "research" has been published for over 30 years and yet has had no impact on medical advice, bathroom design, etc.

I'd certainly be willing to place some sort of cover over my toothbrushes to protect them from the "aerosol" of bacteria, and I'd certainly be willing to put the lid down every time before flushing, but many of the other things seem far-fetched.

It would seem that if what was in the article were true, then people would simply behave differently in their bathrooms. For example, it would be fairly easy to place some sort of cover over the toilet before flushing (with the lid down), like a thick towel, to contain the "spray." So, why does no one do this? Why have I never heard of anyone doing this? Not even very health conscious people, sick people, immune-compromised people, etc.?

It seems also that since we have sinks in hospitals and medical facilities that have handles that doctors do not have to touch with their hands when scrubbing before surgery, that we could have the same sort of sinks installed in our homes. But no one does this, not even doctors, AFAIK.

I am just skeptical of the whole thing.
 
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