Are Toilets Really That Dirty?

Toilets get a bad rap. Sure, they’re not exactly pristine — they carry waste away from our homes and into sewage systems — but they’re not as dirty as one might assume.

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Researchers at the University of Arizona recently found that the average cutting board has more fecal bacteria than a toilet seat — 200 times more, in fact. Other common items and appliances that tend to have more bacteria than the toilet include:

  • Cell phones
  • Keyboards
  • Sponges
  • Kitchen towels
  • Refrigerators
  • Pet food bowls
  • Laundry machines
  • Carpets
  • Faucet handles
  • Handbags

If you’re surprised, consider this: We’re constantly cleaning our toilets because we’re hyper-aware of the germs associated with them. We perceive the toilet as a very dirty plumbing fixture. The areas that we don’t worry so much about getting ignored, and therefore collect more bacteria. Plus, toilet seats generally remain dry, making it impossible for them to support large bacterial populations.

That’s not to say, however, that you should clean or care for your toilet any less. Take the following measures to prevent the spread of germs:

  • Clean your toilet regularly
  • Flush with the lid down to prevent spraying
  • Keep toothbrushes off the kitchen sink and in a drawer or medicine cabinet

Does your toilet look dirty and tired? It may be time for an upgrade. Contact Plumbing Medic for recommendations and installation: (602) 975-2306.

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