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Daily facts of your toilet activities that you don’t know!

Everyone does it, but nobody talks about it: Going to the toilet! It is no wondering why there are so many secrets surrounding our daily morning habits.

Why should you close the toilet lid while flushing?

Don’t put the lid down while flushing? Well, think twice as it’s disgusting! The toilet water has the ability to splash out of the toilet up to six meters and contaminate the whole bathroom. Ranging from tiles onto the floor and potentially reaching up to your toothbrush! So, remember to flush only with a closed toilet lid to keep your toothbrush out of the danger zone!

Did you know that the toilet isn’t the dirtiest area in your home?

While cleaning, we pay the most attention to our toilet and that’s why it is one of the cleanest parts of our home. In addition, the smooth and cold ceramic tiles prevent bacteria from surviving for a long time on it. In fact, the dirtiest part of your home is the kitchen sink, which contains up to 10.000 bacteria per square meters – 1.250 times more than on a toilet seat!

Why don’t bleach tablets belong into your home toilet?

Bleach tablets mask have bad odors and it works best at public toilets. At home, they are absolutely unnecessary: the ingredient found in it tends to roughen the porcelain surface of the toilet bowl, which will make the dirt stick even more! To get rid of bad odors, the one and only solution are: cleaning thoroughly and flushing after each use.

Mobile phone in the toilet

Young woman checking social media on the toilet

Young woman checking social media on the toilet

Noting that mobile phones are prime breeding grounds and carriers for germs and bacteria, it is interesting to know that 3 out of 4 people like to use their smart phones to text or surf the net while killing time in the toilet. Some of them even take calls in the toilet! Now imagine the amount of bacteria or germs creeping around it!

What are you doing wrong while cleaning the toilet?

Don’t clean the toilet bowl too gently, as most of us do: to get rid of deposits, you have to scrub the bowl with the toilet brush thoroughly, at all corners. To ease your work, soak the bowl for at least five minutes with toilet detergent so that the tenacious dirt comes off on its own. Another big mistake we make: we forget to dry the toilet bowl after cleaning it from the outside. Why? Bacteria love to spread on warm and sticky surfaces!

Why should you free your clogged toilet with Coke and Mentos?

Indeed – this biggest home cleaning myth produces the necessary pressure to solve the blockage but it also can damage the pipes and contaminate the whole bathroom. The best trick is to pour hot (not boiling!) water from the 1-meter height. The energy made with the fall will solve the blockage immediately.

Why men spend much more time on the toilet than women?

A study revealed – contrary to what we think, women only spend a maximum of five minutes in the toilet as compared to 15 minutes for men! The reason is that most men think of the toilet as a safe haven. Due to this, one out of two men admits bringing extra reading materials into the toilet, such as newspaper or their mobile phone.

How can you extend the lifespan of your toilet brush for months?

First thing: there is no determined lifespan of a toilet brush. But you should still change it every six months otherwise you might spread the bacteria with the used brush instead of scrubbing them away. Our top secret: fill the holder of your toilet brush with a mixture of water and toilet cleaner when not in use. This also ensures your brush be totally clean for your next clean.

Which country requires you to pay $150 as punishment, if you don’t flush the toilet?

Singapore has the reputation of being the cleanest country in the world. Public toilets make no exception here. That’s why civil police make random checks to see if the public toilets are flushed properly. With that being said, it is better to flush the toilet twice – just to be very sure.

Men don’t wash their hands as frequently as women!

Scientists of the London School of Hygiene noticed that only 32 percent of men washed their hands after using the toilet as compared to 62 women. However, washing your hands alone with water isn’t enough to get rid of the bacteria: Don’t forget to use soap and take all the time you need as it takes at least 20-30 seconds of washing your hands to the bill of bacteria.

Mira is a budding columnist and blogger who has turned her interest of designing and creativity into an entire career. Mira is a sagacious and with her witty writing, beautiful photography and snippets, be it homeware or travel, her adventures will keep you going for more

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