The Truth about the Toilet
Yes, the toilet has germs.
But is it the germiest spot in the bathroom?
It makes sense that many people are squeamish about toilet germs. And toilets, particularly in public restrooms, are repositories for germs. However, the toilet seat isn't where most bacteria are found. Instead, the germiest parts of the bathroom are the spots you might not think about, like the toilet handle and faucets of your sink.
By taking care, you can protect yourself and your family. Here are some basic rules of thumb to help keep your bathroom – and your hands – clean, and to help avoid the germs.
Close the toilet seat cover when you flush. Germs can be propelled into the air when the toilet is flushed. For that reason, it's good practice to close the seat or step away from the toilet after flushing, particularly when using a public toilet.
Disinfect and clean often. There's no such thing as a too-clean toilet. Clean and disinfect the toilet daily with a disinfecting cleaner like Clorox® Toilet Bowl Cleaner - with Bleach*
Handle the handle. Forget worrying about the seat. The handle is where most of the germs live on the toilet exterior. An easy fix in your home is to wipe the handle daily with Clorox® Disinfecting Wipes*. In public restrooms, consider covering the handle with a small piece of toilet paper.
Consider toilet brush alternatives. The toilet brush, which is used and then stored, can be a germ receptacle. Alternatives like the Clorox® ToiletWand™ System are great options because after you use the replaceable head, you toss it and you're done.
20 Second Rule. Lather your hands for 20 full seconds after using the bathroom. A quick wash won't do it – particularly when using a public restroom. Water alone will not remove dirt or kill bacteria. A teaspoon of liquid soap (more sanitary than bar soap, but not a health necessity) or a generous portion of bar soap is needed.
*Use as directed.