The Truth About Public Toilet Seats

For some of us, using a public toilet is a nightmare. AsapSCIENCE can put your mind at ease with this video explaining why public toilet seats aren’t as dirty as you think they are.

If you hover, place toilet paper on the seat, or use those weird toilet seat flappy covers, you might be interested to know that there’s actually more faecal matter on the cutting board in your kitchen than on most toilet seats. In fact, covering the toilet seat isn’t really protecting you from germs and bacteria anyway. Hovering can help, but there are germs everywhere in a bathroom, so there is no way to avoid them. Fortunately, your skin is designed to keep all of the nasty little germs out, so as long as the toilet seat looks clean — and you don’t have an open wound on your backside — you can rest your tush easy. Don’t forget to always wash your hands!

Should You Hover or Cover the Toilet Seat? [YouTube via The Mary Sue]


  • I carry a 100ml bottle with an atomizer like a small sting gose bottle and I mix a small amount of bleach and water, that I spray on seat and bowl. then wipe after 20 secs and that way its always clean! and I carry a few wipes so u dont use sandpaper (thats why ur ass stinks guys you use dry paper)
    In USA average places may have seat covers that are flushable to keep it sanitary as well. you can buy these from ebay or coles for about 12 bucks for 20 pack. thats a good idea if u have cash

  • This is why they should make it law that all Public toilet entry doors should be able to be opened by your foot when leaving… If there was a simple kick board at the bottom you could exit without touching any handle. I generally try to reduce contact by using my pinky finger to open the door, because I always see blokes leaving the pisser or the lavvy without going near the sinks…!!

    • i remember going to a big church in my teens (about 10 years ago) where the whole bathroom was foot operated – doors, flush buttons, automatic taps and driers. the only thing you had to touch with your hands was the TP and your clothes.

    • Or like at shopping centres now where they have walls instead of doors. Makes it like a little maze too 😛

      Doesn’t stop people not washing their hands though.

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