An ultimate hygiene guide to prevent infections while using public toilets

An ultimate hygiene guide to prevent infections while using public toilets
Just squatting over the toilet seat in public washrooms is not enough. You’ve got to go the extra mile to prevent infections.

If there’s one thing that makes women envy men (apart from the fact that they don’t have to suffer period and labor pains), it’s the fact that they can stand and pee in public washrooms.

Well, one thing is for certain: we can’t change biology. But we can offer you a guide to navigating public toilets without becoming a magnet for germs. Because guess what? According to a study conducted by the American Society for Microbiology, almost 77,000 distinct types of bacteria and viruses can be found on the toilet seats and soap dispensers of public washrooms. This includes a slew of germs like E.coli, Salmonella, Coliform, and rotavirus.

Surely, there’s no stopping Nature’s call every time we feel the urge to pee while we’re not at home–because holding the urine in can also lead to infections.

However, you can make your life easier by using public washrooms safely. So here is an ultimate guide for every woman who uses public toilets:

Avoid the toilet seat like you would avoid your toxic ex

Because you know what? That toilet seat, with urine or fecal matter stuck to it, could be more toxic than that ex. Any contact with it can obviously make you prone to catching an infection.

Avoid direct contact of your body with the toilet seat of the commode as much as possible. Try squatting in a half-sitting position.

In case you find that difficult, clean the toilet seat with a sanitizer, and spread tissues on the seat before sitting on it.

In fact, avoid direct contact with any part of the washroom

Even if you use peeing in public toilets as the perfect opportunity to tone that booty while squatting over the commode, you still can’t afford to be tension-free. There’s a high probability of you taking the support of the door handle or the walls while you squat. And that can backfire too as harmful bacteria and viruses are omnipresent in public toilets.

Not to mention, when you reach out for the flush or the washbasin, you’ve got to remember that they are also not pure, okay?

Hence, be warned against making direct contact with any area of the washroom and we recommend using tissue paper to turn on the tap, twist open the knob of the washroom door, and dispense soap. 

Wash, but not everything

Washing your hands before and after using the loo is an absolute must as is using the flush. However, washing your intimate area in a public washroom is a big no-no as it can increase your risk of getting an infection ten folds.

Just pat the area dry with a tissue paper to avoid moisture and maintain cleanliness down there.

Step out of your home well equipped, always

Women are advised to always carry tissues and sanitizer when they step out so that they can clean their hands before and after peeing and can avoid making contact with anything in a public toilet.

Also, we recommend using stand-and-pee devices and fight nature and infections by peeing like a man.

Never put your belongings on the floor

If you’re lucky enough to be accompanied by a friend to a public toilet, you can hand over your precious belongings to her while you pee in peace. If not, then hanging the bag on the hook or simply squatting over the toilet seat while hugging your bag is your only resort because you absolutely don’t have the option of leaving your belongings on the floor.

According to a study published in the journal PLOS One, the highest concentration of germs in public washrooms are found on the floor. And you really don’t want the germs to be spreading from your bag to your body, right?

So, ladies, that’s it for today. We hope that your peeing endeavors from here on out are as safe as they can be.
Geoffrey Nevine — IT Services and IT Consulting

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