Public Restroom Myths Debunked

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Most of us can agree that using a public restroom isn’t always a pleasant experience. But are they really as bacteria ridden as we’ve been lead believe?

Clean Link, an online cleaning resource, recently took the time to debunk some of the most common myths associated with public restrooms. Check them out below:

The Stall Farthest from the Door Is the Cleanest

False: Research studies have indicated that the stall closest to the door is actually the cleanest. Why? It’s used the least.

Poor Hand Hygiene Is Usually Related to A Lack of Hand Soap

True: This is actually true. Studies have shown that poor hand hygiene is often related to a number of restroom maintenance inadequacies. People are less likely to wash their hands in restrooms that appear dirty or unkempt; they’re also less likely to scrub up when hand soap or paper towels are unavailable.

The Dirtiest Touch-Spot In the Ladies Restroom Is the Floor

False: No doubt, the restroom floor is a germ hotspot, but the sanitary napkin bin ranks as the dirtiest touch-spot followed by the floor, the sinks and the underside of the toilet seat.

Women’s Restrooms Contain More Germs Than Men’s

True: Women often spend more time in the restroom than men; they’re also more likely to bring young children with them, which accounts for the increase in bacteria.

Toilet Seats Can Put Your Health at Risk

False: Though the idea of touching or sitting on a public toilet seat might make you cringe, they aren’t actually as dirty as you might think. In fact, most common viruses and bacteria die off incredibly fast — so fast that by the time they reach the toilet seat they’re already gone. Furthermore, most skin-to-skin germ transmission is only a concern if there is an open wound.

Just Because A Restroom Smells Clean Doesn’t Mean It’s Actually Clean

True: Odors aren’t necessarily linked to cleanliness. A fresh, clean scent says more about the brand of the cleaning product than it does about it’s cleaning power.

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