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My FIL had been here for a week. He is one of those men who always leaves the seat up after a wee. And then flushes. I am spoiled because both my dad and my husband put the seat down and close the lid. Every time my FIL comes he leaves the whole she-bang up and flushes and germs fly out everywhere. I have to disinfect our toothbrushes with peroxide and tea tree oil every time he goes to the loo. You cannot make him put the lid down---in 36 years of marriage my MIL never managed to make him and now that she is dead he just does whatever he wants.<br><br><br><br>
So I ask you---do you find it unsanitary to flush without the lid down?<br><br><br><br>
I think I just have problems with my FIL. But the lid up thing really gets me. And the fact that he refuses to wear glasses and can't see a damn thing and misses the toilet half the time. I have been cleaning up wee all week. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/veryangry.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":grr:">
 

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I tend to put the lid down because I don't flush after a pee so I can save huge amounts of water and money.<br><br><br><br>
You have my sympathy with your partners badly aimed urination. Maybe you can wind him up and tell him "If you don't want to wear your glasses why not sit down like a girl?". hehehe
 

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My husband DOES sit down "like a girl" which is why he never makes a mess. But his father (my FIL) used to always be horrible to him and call him a sissy or a girl because he didn't stand up and do it "like a man"---well I wish my FIL wouldn't do it like a man because he sprays everywhere.<br><br><br><br>
I can relax now as my FIL has just left for Gatwick and we will not have to see him for another year. The benefits of living in another country.<br><br><br><br>
He STILL calls my husband a girl and a sissy---but mostly for not eating meat like a man. Gotta love family.
 

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I know it's over for now, but perhaps next time.. put the toothbrushes away somewhere during the day, like a drawer or a little bag. I don't have this problem, our toilet is separate, not in the bathroom. But the missing the bowl issue, I get upset when my 5 yo misses, I can't imagine a grown man missing and not feeling embarrassed and at least trying to clean it up.
 

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I know it's over for now, but perhaps next time.. put the toothbrushes away somewhere during the day, like a drawer or a little bag. I don't have this problem, our toilet is separate, not in the bathroom. But the missing the bowl issue, I get upset when my 5 yo misses, I can't imagine a grown man missing and not feeling embarrassed and at least trying to clean it up.</div>
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Good idea---I don't know why I didn't think of moving the brushes. His visits just make us really stressed.<br><br><br><br>
And as to why he's not embarrassed or doesn't try to clean it up----"that's women's work." How my husband turned out so good I'll never know.
 

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I put the lid down. I'm lucky in that both my husband and son are great with their 'aim' and never leave the seat up! My toothbrushes are in the medicine cabinet.
 

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I put the lid down. It makes me feel better about the icky water particles flying through the air to my toothbrush.<br><br>
My bf is good about it too... so much so that I didn't realize how disgusting the toilet was when you lift the lid and the seat (cause I never do, I just clean "my part" lol) until the landlord came over to fix the shower, and apparently peed, and flushed, and left the lid up. I was so embarrassed.
 

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I started to put the lid down back in 1998 not because for reasons of hygiene but because I had just adopted two small kittens and I was terrified that they'd try to climb in out of curiosity, and drown (I was trying to kitten-proof my apartment every which way possible). Then, years later, my sister told me about germs flying out when you flush, so even though my cats have never shown any interest in climbing into the toilet, I continue to put the lid down.
 

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I always put the lid down. To me, it just looks better. And of course it's a lot cleaner. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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<span style="color:#008000;">It's just not that hard to aim. Seriously.<br><br><br><br>
I keep my toothbrush in a drawer. Not that it matters since it is around a physical wall from the toilet.</span>
 

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Skylark had a thread a few months back that talked about the "aerosol" of droplets and germs that is spread every time you flush, seat up or seat down.<br><br><br><br>
I told myself that I would take my toothbrushes out of the bathroom, but I haven't gotten around to doing that. There are machines that disinfect your toothbrushes with utltra-violet light, meanwhile enclosing them in a cabinet.<br><br>
But I think generally putting them in a plastic bag or other enclosure would be a good solution. Or possibly keeping them in another room, like in the kitchen.
 

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I have Always put the lid down. It looks nicer and applies to my whole thing about metaphors, "It's just all gone to ***t", "All down the drain", "Flushed away"... I'm weird on Feng Shui and metaphors. But my Fiance never ever puts it down. I just put it down whenever I see it up. It bothers me and though we've talked about it- he's not going to change. It's funny though, that every other roommate I've ever had, mostly men, don't mind when I ask them to do this and seem to keep up the habit.
 

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Skylark had a thread a few months back that talked about the "aerosol" of droplets and germs that is spread every time you flush, seat up or seat down.</div>
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I don't get why this is such a bad thing? A lot of people don't put the toilet seats down yet we don't have legions of sick people in hospital or staying home from work from god knows what. Surely this level of fastidiousness is slightly ridiculous considering how much other stuff we do that is considerably more germ ridden. Plus to fill your life with such minor problems surely can't be good for relaxing and stress free living, we have enough big problems that effect our life in much bigger ways..
 

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I usually put the lid down but there's no specific reason for that related to cleanliness.<br><br><br><br>
When I visit other people's houses I usually don't put the lid down because I urinate in their sink.<br><br><br><br>
Disclaimer: this post may have some parts that aren't true.
 

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I don't get why this is such a bad thing? A lot of people don't put the toilet seats down yet we don't have legions of sick people in hospital or staying home from work from god knows what. Surely this level of fastidiousness is slightly ridiculous considering how much other stuff we do that is considerably more germ ridden. Plus to fill your life with such minor problems surely can't be good for relaxing and stress free living, we have enough big problems that effect our life in much bigger ways..</div>
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I agree compleatly. I think half the problem we have in this country/world is people being over cautious with cleanliness, people survived for hundreds of years without the obsessive hygiene regulations and stuff we have now. Admitadly there was a higher risk of disease and dying younger etc but the worlds over populated as it is. I wish people would stop being so obsessed with germs and bacteria and MRSA or whatever. Everyones got to die sometime and hopefully everyone has some level or immunity. You can't spend life living in a plastic bubble.<br><br><br><br>
Though saying all that i have a very obsessive thing about toilet seats being down, that however has to do with my need to be rich rather than my caring about hygiene.
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>thehappyhippo</strong> <a href="/forum/post/0"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
I don't get why this is such a bad thing? A lot of people don't put the toilet seats down yet we don't have legions of sick people in hospital or staying home from work from god knows what. Surely this level of fastidiousness is slightly ridiculous considering how much other stuff we do that is considerably more germ ridden. Plus to fill your life with such minor problems surely can't be good for relaxing and stress free living, we have enough big problems that effect our life in much bigger ways..</div>
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We have had at least one experiment about the germs in the "spray."<br><br><br><br>
I'd like to see an experiment done about how often people get sick from this.<br><br>
I suppose you'd have to have a "control" group and an experimental group that would keep their toothbrushes outside the bathroom, or whatever.
 

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I leave the toilet seat open. as far as i know everyone does too.<br><br>
In the last year I have had:<br><br><br><br>
one cold<br><br>
one flu thing that was going round and i was the only person in the house to get it<br><br><br><br>
so what does that say...<br><br>
I agree with Hippo, its all overcautious!
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>Sevenseas</strong> <a href="/forum/post/0"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
I usually put the lid down but there's no specific reason for that related to cleanliness.<br><br><br><br>
When I visit other people's houses I usually don't put the lid down because I urinate in their sink.<br><br><br><br>
Disclaimer: this post may have some parts that aren't true.</div>
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I put the lid down since reading the Readers Digest article on how far bacteria spew every time the toilet is flushed.
 
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