Important: Here’s why you should always close the toilet lid before flushing

Flushing after you use the bathroom is one of the many unspoken rules of toilet-etiquette. No one wants (or should) see what you’ve left behind. We can also agree that if some “traces” are left after flushing, it is vital to grab the brush or plunger, depending on the situation, and clean your mess.

However, opinions are a bit more divided when it comes to flushing with the toilet lid closed. In fact, most people do not even know what the difference is. It’s simply not common knowledge.

Hopefully, after reading this article, people will be more careful about closing the toilet lid before flushing.

A toilet’s whole purpose is to make the process of going number 1 and 2 as smooth and clean as possible, keeping away all the bacteria developing around urine and feces. But what many people don’t know is that when you flush the toilet, this bacteria will literally fly out of the toilet.

Can fly up to 6 feet away from the toilet

The company Harpic, which manufactures bathroom products, conducted a study where they saw that bacteria from the toilet can fly up to 6 feet from the toilet when flushing with the lid open.

This means that potentially harmful bacteria can land on the sink, towels, yourself, and worst of all, your toothbrush.

With the help of a high-speed camera, they were able to capture what happens when you flush with the lid open – and it’s not a pretty sight.

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Image source: Harpic

Pretty gross, isn’t it? The bacteria in the toilet can survive even after many flushes, which means that it will spread with each flush.

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Image source: Harpic

“There’s never been a more important time”

In the study, researchers surveyed 2,000 UK residents. The result was that 55% don’t close the toilet lid. When asked why 47% of “non-closers” answered that they were unaware of the health risks, 25% said they feared touching the toilet lid, while 15% stated they just forget to do it.

However, after seeing the very graphic pictures of bacterial spread, 95% promised to change their behavior.

Image source: Harpic

“There has never been a more important time to take extra care around our homes, although the risks associated with germ spread in unhygienic bathrooms are high, the solution to keeping them clean is simple,” said a researcher at Harpic to The Mirror.

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