A new OnePoll study, commissioned by Harpic, warns that toilet bowl water is still contaminated with potentially harmful bacteria and pathogens even after several flushes.
To prove their point, researchers took slow motion images with a specialized camera to capture the aerosols, droplets, and germs flying out of the bowl when someone flushes without closing the lid.
Harpic recommends three key things people can do to keep their bathrooms clean and themselves healthy:
- #CloseTheLid every time you flush
- Use a toilet cleaner that removes limescale
- Wear gloves when cleaning and wash your hands afterwards
By the way, a report in the journal Physics of Fluids uncovers a similar result for men who use a urinal. Simulations find a urinal’s flushes are much more “violent” and aerosols reach users in a fraction of the time.