Chris' Corner: Reduce your exposure to "Germs"

Reduce your exposure to "Germs"

One of the TV shows that are on "auto-tune" in our home is BT, Breakfast Television, a Morning Show out of Toronto that combines local and international News with Weather and Sports and adds information on upcoming local events and other topical information.

Last week, as I was passing through our kitchen, I heard the host mention a European study that indicated we should be putting our toilet lids down, before we flush.  Now I can remember hearing this ten years ago, but as with most things, we can develop bad habits over time.

The reasoning behind this is that the act of flushing a toilet can create an explosion of germs and bacteria to become airborne.  I have heard elsewhere that these germs can be distributed as many as seven feet.  Think of your washroom/bathroom and picture the items that might be within seven feet of your toilet.  Often this can include towels, toothbrushes, as well as yourself!

Developing the habit of lowering the toilet lid before you flush will lessen your (and your loved ones) exposure to germs.

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Comment balloon 14 commentsChris Smith • January 08 2012 10:34AM


Chris, that makes sense, I wonder why things like this just aren't common knowledge. On a different note, I think I will be skipping breakfast this morning.

Posted by Malcolm Johnston, Trenton Real Estate (Century 21 Lanthorn Real Estate LTD., Trenton, Ontario) almost 9 years ago

Wouldn't that resolve the battle between the sexes too!


Posted by Kathy Sheehan, Senior Loan Officer (Bay Equity, LLC 770-634-4021) almost 9 years ago

I guess buying a home with a half bath off of the kitchen is a bigtime no no then.  Thanks for this information.

Posted by Edward Gilmartin (CRE) almost 9 years ago

Hi Chris - That won't work in plazas and many public facilities as there are no lids.

Posted by FN LN almost 9 years ago

Hello Chris,

Now you know why your mom was always yelling at you for not putting the lid down. LOL

I guess she knew more than you thought she did. Good for you MOM.

Have a good day in South Simcoe.

Best, Clint McKie 

Posted by Clint Mckie, Desert Sun Home, Comm. Inspection 1-575-706-5586 (Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections) almost 9 years ago

Malcolm, we keep hearing the same truths over and over again... it just takes a while to sink in. btw, we used to keep our toothbrushes on the counter, now they are in a drawer.

Posted by Chris Smith, South Simcoe, Caledon, King, Orangeville Real Esta (Re/Max Chay Realty Inc., Brokerage) almost 9 years ago

Chris, I never heard of that but it makes perfect sense, especially the toilets that are super flushers! 

Posted by Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!, So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR (Red Rock Real Estate) almost 9 years ago

Kathy, if that was the only thing we "battle" over ;-)

Ed, I know many people who don't like it, but if you lower the lid before you flush, and wash properly, that helps

Marc, I realize that this is not a total solution, but then again, we probably don't have our towels and toothbrushes in public toilets...

Clint, the older I get, the smarter my mom and dad become ;-)

Posted by Chris Smith, South Simcoe, Caledon, King, Orangeville Real Esta (Re/Max Chay Realty Inc., Brokerage) almost 9 years ago

Chris, I heard this 15 to 20 years ago on a day time talk show. I was home sick on the couch when I heard it and that really made me think! Is that why I was there and was I meant to hear this! Thanks for sharing.

Marc, No lid no problem...don't flush!

Posted by Keith Gilkey, 410-920-7214, Re/Max Chesapeake (Re/Max Chesapeake) almost 9 years ago

Keith, I too, can remember hearing this years ago, and yet, we had never told Alec to do so until I heard this reminder...  btw, like your remark to Marc ;-)

Posted by Chris Smith, South Simcoe, Caledon, King, Orangeville Real Esta (Re/Max Chay Realty Inc., Brokerage) almost 9 years ago

Chris: This is the first time I have heard about this but it does makes sense.  Just think the retail stores that don't have lids to close. Just think of the germs on the lid that everyone will be handling.

Posted by Carl Winters almost 9 years ago

Chris - Kitchens and toilet lids in the same sentence ..... wow ..... now there is somthing that catches the eye and cause us  to think about germs.

Posted by Kathy Clulow, Trusted For Experience - Respected For Results (RE/MAX All-Stars Realty Inc. Brokerage) almost 9 years ago

These are germs you definitely don't want on those toothbrushes!  Thank goodness our toilet is in the other corner of the bathroom, but still a good practice to put that seat down.

Posted by David Artigliere, ARTI Home Inspections, ASHI Certified Home Inspect (Reading, Pottstown, Norristown, Philadelphia) almost 9 years ago

I am sure it also depends on what kind of toilet you have. The old ones were probably better since they were slower.

Posted by Edward Gilmartin (CRE) almost 9 years ago