How to Use a Public Restroom

originated by:Nick Sintos, Ben Rubenstein, Yvonne Lee, Anonymous (see all)  Wikihow

Public restrooms are not always the cleanest places to visit. Even a clean public restroom can harbor many, many germs just by dint of the fact that so many people use the same facility all day long. In a survey undertaken by Kimberley-Clark, it was shown that 39% of those surveyed worry about getting germs from public restrooms more than from any other source. Here are some tips to avoid all of those nasty germs and bacteria and to make your experience of using a public restroom a more pleasant one.

Steps

  1. 1

    When entering a stall, take a look at the toilet seat first. Use toilet paper to wipe off the seat and use a seat cover if one is available. Many pharmacies and outdoor stores now carry tiny packs of toilet seat covers and it can’t hurt to toss a pack into your handbag or backpack to take wherever you go.

  2. 2

    Avoid toilets that have dirty or wet surfaces. Do not sit on the seat but hover above it. If this is difficult for you, find something to hold onto such as a handle or the toilet paper dispenser. Ladies – try the Tyra method to keep your underwear clean.

  3. 3

    Avoid using a toilet that does not flush properly or at all. If your bodily waste is rising up in the loo, give this one a miss and put in a message to management to fix it quickly.

  4. 4

    Dispose of sanitary wear appropriately in boxes provided. Use toilet paper to lift the box and ensure that your sanitary item falls into the box properly. Not only is it unhygienic to leave a used sanitary item in the wrong place, it is also thoughtless to those who end up cleaning it out. It’s your mess, pack it out properly.

  5. 5

    Use toilet paper to flush the toilet flusher. Only touch the flushing mechanism with toilet paper and quickly dispose of this piece of paper into the flushing toilet. If you are in a hurry, or don’t want to lean over the toilet, push the flush handle with your shoe.

  6. 6

    Face away from the flushing toilet and exit quickly. Airborne particles could cause germs to reach your respiratory passageways, so it pays to leave quickly or put the lid down or face away.[1]

  7. 7

    Use toilet paper to open the toilet door. It stands to reason that the inside latch of the toilet door is dirtier than the outside latch. Use a small piece of toilet paper to open it with and dispose of this paper immediately in the bin upon exiting.

  8. 8

    Wash your hands – always. Wash your hands using soap for at least 20 seconds under running water, preferably longer. Although many places are stingy on hot water, use it if it is available as it is more efficient in destroying germs.

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    Dry your hands using the dryer or paper provided. Some places use cloth towels that circulate in a dispenser – be sure to move the towel onto the next clean space, otherwise you will be wiping your hands on the previous person’s space. Note that hot-air dryers are less sanitary because bacteria fester and thrive in the hot, moist vents. Use paper towels, if possible.

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    Use a small square of toilet paper or hand-drying paper to open the door that leads out of the toilets. It may sound finicky but after all your hard efforts to wash your hands, do you really want to touch a door handle when the person before you who didn’t wash his or her hands just turned the doorknob? No, didn’t think so.[2]

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    Tell management about poorly maintained restrooms. Unless you’re traveling in a part of the world where toilet hygiene isn’t exactly number one priority, these days most companies or local authorities responsible for managing public restroom facilities want to be told when their toilets are in disarray. Complaints from consumers do matter and the more, the better. If you don’t get a response or the standard doesn’t lift, contact your local health department and lodge a complain

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