If you’re someone who prefers to be extra cautious with germs, covering the seat with toilet paper… it seems that might not be the most hygienic move.
Public toilets are gross, we know this.
Now, some grimy news has been brought to our attention that we’re not even sure we wanted to know.
Dr. William Schaffer, a professor of preventative medicine, has explained to Huffington Post that a bare seat is cleaner than toilet paper.
Apparently, the materials used to make the seat are designed to prevent the spread of germs.
“Toilet seats are not a vehicle for the transmission of any infectious agents – you won’t catch anything”
Toilet paper, on the other hand, is designed to grab bacteria. With the flushing toilet lifting bacteria into the air and all on what is around it, the paper is more than likey to fall victim to germs.
It’s also more likely that people are putting their hands all over the toilet roll than the seat… and hands are filled with bacteria.
We’re going to assume it’s not as bad when using toilet paper surrounded by one of those round holders… but still, it sounds pretty gross.