Bad Bathroom Habits Called Out!
There is a silent menace lurking in our very homes, places of work, schools and public places. This video explains what it is and what we can do to stop it.
Loo lid rant
In households across the globe there has been an age old battle raging between the sexes about the toilet, water closet, latrine, WC, can, throne, john, lavatory, pot, privy, or head. I am of course talking about putting down the loo seat. This however was never an issue in my family home growing up or in our home now and I shall tell you why. It all becomes a moot point when you put the lid down before flushing. Can’t leave the seat up if you close the lid.
There is a very good reason for doing this, but I will warn you that when you think about why this should be, if you haven’t been closing the lid you might be slightly revolted by what I am about to tell you. If you are eating you might want to consider pausing this video until you have finished.
Ready to continue? Good.
According to research carried out by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health in the good old U.S of A, in partnership with the University of Oklahoma, where the wind comes sweeping down the plane, when you flush a toilet with the lid up, it creates what they have termed ‘toilet plume’. This is essentially an aerosolised version of what you are flushing, that shoots out of the bowl and into the air around the toilet. It then settles invisibly on whatever is in the bathroom.
Dependant upon the amount of energy in the water,
Or if you like, the fierceness of the flush, you will eject anything from large droplets of water, to an invisible mist, that’s not just carrying water either. I think you see what I’m saying here. Let’s imagine for a moment that you are currently suffering from some gastrointestinal complaint. You know, you’ve got the runs. You flush without closing the lid and you, and everything else in your bathroom get covered in a fine layer of the unpleasantness you have just deposited. That means your towels, toothbrush, the sink, the bath, the shower, and everything else, including you! You have just re-contaminated yourself and everyone else who come into contact with any of those things or who happen to enter the bathroom shortly after you’ve used it. Live with other people and you might just have just sprayed their toothbrushes with your faecal matter.
And it gets worse.
We assume when we flush the loo, that that will be an end of whatever we’ve just flushed. Oh no. Research shows that it takes on average twenty flushes to get rid of it. That’s right. You are still flushing away the results of that dodgy kebab or iffy prawn sandwich for your next nineteen visits to the loo.
So what can we do about this?
It’s really simple. Put the lid down.
And I’m sure you will, but what about everybody else? How do we stop them from covering us, and the bathrooms of the world with this invisible layer of contaminant? Well we must inform them. YOU must inform them. You can start by sending them this video. There’s a button underneath it that says share. Click that and you can send it to all your facebook friends or twitter followers, or all the people you have the email address of. Let us make the world aware. Put down your toilet seats and stop the spread of Toilet Plume.
Oh and make sure you wash your hands. Not just a quick run under the tap because that doesn’t really do anything but get your hands wet. You actually need to use soap. Every time.