Toilets are a hotspot of germs and bacterias. Public restrooms and washrooms can be worse. It is essential to follow perfect hygiene measures to stay safe and hygienic in public restrooms. Especially during Covid times, those using public toilets are at high risk of catching the virus. You cannot avoid using the restroom when you are out. But you can use these tips whenever you are going to a common restroom.
--> BEFORE YOUR VISIT
Your preparation and planning has to start before you step out of the house
KEEP PERSONAL HYGIENE KIT
It is a must before you move out of your house. You should always carry a kit in your bag. It may have disposable gloves, sanitizer, liquid soap, sanitizer hand and surface wipes, surface spray, tissues, wet wipes, toilet seat spray, etc. You never know when you may need any of these. Remember that prevention is better than cure.
Find a clean public restroom near you, if possible. You can visit the nearest hotel, restaurant, cafe, or restrooms run by private organizations as they are supposed to be better sanitized and disinfected than the rest. Along with this, it a must follow these given tips to stay safe and hygienic during your visit to a public restroom
--> DURING YOUR VISIT
You have to be extra precautions while using public washrooms. The washroom at your own house is full of germs. You obviously cannot see these germs but your door, doorknobs, handles, cabinets, toilet seat, etc. all contain bacterias and germs. The washrooms are always wet and moist. These funguses and yeasts feed on the moisture. Restrooms cannot be kept totally dry. The warm temperature and humidity help these bacterias and viruses to grow. That is why you should be careful while using any restroom, let alone the common public ones. Imagine so many strangers using the same toilet seat and touching the same tap. These common surfaces are danger zones during Coronavirus times.
Switch on the exhaust fan before entering the restroom. Even in your own house. It keeps the restroom dry and throws out smelly and damp air.
Obviously, you will be wearing a face mask these days. But many people remove masks while in a private space like a washroom. Don’t commit this mistake. Always wear a mask in the washroom. Avoid chatting with your friend standing outside or sitting in the next cubicle.
Never use a mobile phone inside a washroom. The cell phone becomes a warehouse of dirty germs and bacterias. You don’t sanitize your phone much. Also, do not talk over the phone while sitting in the restroom as the germs hanging in the air might enter your mouth.
Flush the toilet before using it. The person who has used it before may have forgotten to flush it. It also flushes away the bacterias on the surface.Remember to spray a good toilet seat spray religiously. Also, spray some on the toilet seat cover. Disinfect the seat properly before sitting on it. You can also use disinfectant wipes. But toilet seat sprays are better as you don’t need to touch the surface.
Disinfect the tap before opening it. Try to use taps with sensors or push buttons.
Many public restrooms are now well equipped with hands-free soap dispensers and hand dryers. Just avoid hand soap bars at any cost. The area around hand dryers can be very dangerous because of the germ-filled water drops. Do not touch anywhere.
--> AFTER YOUR VISIT
The task isn’t over yet till you are out. Be extra vary before exiting the public restroom.
Most of the public restrooms these days have automatic paper towel dispensers near the door. Take one to hold the door knob or handle. Do not touch it directly.
Once you are out, clean your hands with an effective and safe hand sanitiser or good antibacterial hand sanitiser wipes.
Public restroom hygiene and safety are a huge cause of concern as lockdown is almost over in many countries. Travel has opened around the world. This raises the risk of people catching Covid and other viruses, plus infections, UTIs, and diseases like Hepatitis A. You should follow safe public hygiene measures while using public restrooms to avoid falling sick. Buy BIENE CARE personal care and hygiene products to stay safe.