What we do inside the toilet might be a private matter. However, what we do after we go to the toilet might affect others. If you don’t leave clean, chances are, whoever comes after you will get the bacteria that you’ve left behind. A research reveals that the bathroom is the place that has most bacteria out of other rooms in a house and in an office. If you tend to get sick easily, think about whether you’ve been the proper routine after using the toilet!
Wipe Front to Back
This goes for both men and women. Wiping yourself from front to back ensures that there isn’t any bacteria from the anus that travels to your reproductive organs. The bacteria E.Coli which comes from your feces is responsible for bacterial infections such as the urinary tract infection. A urinary tract infection can cause your urinary tract to become inflamed and even create bladder stones.
If left untreated, it can travel to your kidney and cause a kidney infection. From there, it can eventually lead to kidney failure. Tragic isn’t it? All because you wipe from back to front instead of the other way around. It’s the same thing when you rinse, always rinse from front to back because the water can drive the bacteria up front.
As surprising as it may seem, a lot of people seem to be forgetting this very important step. Admit it, you’ve encountered plenty of unflushed toilets before, and you might be wondering what on earth were these people thinking, not flushing their toilets?
This could be because the person before you has an occupied mind and simply forgot to flush. It happens a lot in big events such as festivals and offices, where people want to rush out as fast as possible because they have somewhere to be. No matter how busy you are, always remember to flush, because the bacteria from whatever you left behind in the toilet bowl will evaporate and can be inhaled by the next person who comes in (ew!).
Wash and Dry Your Hands
This is also an important step that a lot of people seem to underestimate. Even though you didn’t use your hand to touch your private areas, you still need to wash it because you don’t know what bacteria you have on your hands from touching the toilet doorknob, and the flush knob. You don’t even know what bacteria was on that tissue you used.
Always wash your hands with soap and then use the airforce hand dryer to dry your hands. Don’t leave them wet because wet hands also attract bacteria build up, and you’ll touch the exit door with your wet hands and the next person who touches it will also get that bacteria.