No matter how clean your bathroom may look, it’s a given fact that your toilet is a constant source of harmful bacteria. The area around your toilet is one of the dirtiest in the house, so it is important to practice proper toilet care and etiquette to prevent that bacteria from easily moving beyond that.
The primary way a toilet gives off bacteria is by spewing it throughout the rest of the bathroom. As unpleasant as that sounds, every time the toilet flushes, it spews bacteria, viruses, and other microbes up to six to eight feet away. Moreover, whatever it discharges during flushing is often suspended in the air for about two hours, meaning it can easily affect areas that are even far away from the toilet.
To stop your toilet from spewing more bacteria into your bathroom, here are some useful tips to follow:
- Always close the toilet lid before flushing. This helps to trap the bacteria inside that may otherwise spew out during flushing.
- Place a note near your toilet to remind everyone in the family to close the lid before flushing.
- Store your toothbrush inside a cabinet, so it won’t be contaminated by bacteria from the toilet. The same goes for any other oral-related items, such as dental floss, toothpaste, and mouthwash containers.
- Clean your toilet bowl thoroughly and regularly. This will help fight and kill bacteria and other harmful organisms inside your toilet before they have the chance to escape. Make sure you scrub all sides of your toilet and lid and use a strong, reliable toilet bowl cleaner.
- Disinfect your toilet bowl after cleaning. In other words, let the cleaner set and give it time to kill bacteria before you rinse it off.