Find out: Do toilet seat covers really work?
By Robin Miller, MD
My husband runs every day with a jogging group. Often in the course of their runs they have a need for a Porta Potty. One day the guys in the group were laughing about how one of the female joggers used the outdoor facility and they could hear her putting down the paper toilet seat cover. They thought that was hilarious. That made me wonder, do paper toilet seat covers actually protect us from anything?
When I looked at the research that's out there, I found that there is nothing to protect against: Toilet seats are relatively safe. When it comes to public bathrooms, the places that have the most bacteria include the floor, the faucet handles and the toilet handle. Interestingly, the hot air hand dryers use bathroom air to blow your hands dry. The air contains bathroom bacteria.
If you're worried and wondering how to stay relatively germ-free in a public restroom, do this: Wash your hands well, use a paper towel toRead More »from Toilet Seat Covers: Should You Bother?