- Loos have lids for a reason. So close it before flushing to prevent contaminated droplets landing on anything nearby. This is also true in your own home as they can splash onto taps, cosmetics, your toothbrush. Eek! Enough said.
- In public loos, choose the cubicle nearest to the toilet door – it’s usually the cleanest – probably because most people avoid using it because they think everyone else uses it.
- Don’t use your cellphone in the loo. Mobiles are particularly germ-friendly as they are usually kept warm in your bag or pocket. That means next time you use it, they can transfer germs to your face, infecting your skin, eyes or insides. So it’s best to make that call after you’ve washed your hands.
- Forget hovering. Research for a US TV show revealed that the toilet seat is actually the cleanest area of most public loos. But watch out for toilet paper dispensers, as their research showed they were bacteria hotspots.
- Turning off taps. Taps harbour lots of germs. Once you have washed your hands there is no point in then turning the tap off – you will just recontaminate your hands. Instead, dry hands with a paper towel and then use it to turn off the tap.
This article was originally written for goodhousekeeping.com