Hygiene expert explains why you should close the toilet lid before flushing

Be honest: do you close the toilet lid when you flush? If not, it can become a serious health hazard.

Because bacteria from the toilet can spread in the bathroom and end up on toothbrushes, towels and other objects, for example – sometimes with serious consequences.

If you brush your teeth or dry your hands and pick up the bacteria that have been spread, there is a risk of gastrointestinal disease.

Ernst Tabori, medical director of the German Advice Center for Hygiene, explains: “When rinsing, there is a spray cloud. Many intestinal germs that hide in smaller droplets reach the surfaces in the bathroom.”

Always flush with the toilet seat closed

The Federal Center for Health Education also points out that flushing with the toilet lid open can spread pathogens to the environment.

For better toilet hygiene, the BZgA also recommends opening the lid again after flushing to remove residual dirt with the brush. Then you should close the lid again and flush again.

Tabori also points out the simple tip to prevent the health risk. “It goes without saying that you always have to flush with the toilet seat closed.”

This article also appeared on FOCUS.de

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