September 17, 2009

Think Your Bathroom Is Clean? Think Again!

Today while watching the new Dr. Oz show, my habit of putting the lid down on toilet seats was sealed.

I’ve been doing this for over a year now to keep my bathroom clean ever since I heard that the “aerosol effect” happens when flushing the toilet and it spreads nasty germs and bacteria all over the bathroom for up to eight feet in diameter. Gross! Personally, I don’t want “fecal matter bacteria” living on my toothbrush, hairbrush, in my shower, toothpaste, etc. Just thinking about that is enough to make me want to vomit.

I don’t consider myself a germ-o-phobe. My Dad says that I remind him of that guy Monk that had that TV show. I never watched it. Or Howie Mandel. I’m really not that bad though.

Dr. Oz had a few women bring in items from their bathroom to be tested in some laboratory for bacteria growing on them. The first lady’s shower cap had bacteria. The second lady’s toothbrush holder and toothbrush had 3 types of bacteria including E. Coli. Not good!

He also noted that prior alarms of this stated that this aerosol effect was lower in estimates than what it really was spreading. It can spread up to…. twenty feet!

Dr. Oz suggested that this can be prevented by simply putting the lid down before you flush. Whew, I’ve been doing that! I also clean the toilet lid and where I touch it more often and of course wash my hands after each trip to the bathroom.

What do you think of this? Did you know? Do you put the lid down too?

10 comments:

Kristina P. said...

I really wish I hadn't read this while eating.

Paula said...

Oh, I knew about this. We've even joked about it at my office. That might seem weird, but we do advertising for cleaning products, so it's kind of related...

But anyway, yes. Shut the toilet. Gross. :P

Carina Blogarina said...

Oh my!!! I did not know this!! I never put the lid down either.. i seriously had no idea! Yuck!! But, if many people were getting sick, wouldn't it be all over the media??

Lee said...

I never leave the seat up. I do NOT want to get sprayed with poop water.

Wendyburd1 said...

I think I am going to be sick, I AM a germophobe!

learnxtoxfly said...

I was totally watching that show yesterday too. I changed my facebook to: I am now a germaphobe thanks to Dr.Oz. LOl. but srsly, I knew about the toilet but hadn't realized there is poop bacteria on my shower cap.

GROSSS!!!!!

Lucy said...

Gross!!!
I am glad my toilet is away from everything and with the shower but I will be closing the lid!!!

Brenda Susan said...

Did not know about the germ factor but have always lowered the lid because did not want to see the gunk being swirled around before it went bye-bye. Even more disgusting now! Thanx for that!

Yaya said...

Ew! I'm such a germaphobe!

Liz said...

I always close the lid before I flush. I also love the fact that my toilet is in a separate room all by itself. Great info! Thanks for sharing!