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Common habits that make your toilet a danger zone

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You might keep yours spotless, but toilets have a reputation for not being the cleanest enclaves of any house.
While we all (hopefully) clean ours regularly, there are two traps many of us are falling into – and turning our toilets into a health hazard as a result.
And, sadly, men are largely responsible for one.
Expert Home Tips’ Stephanie has identified these easily-made errors and explains why they are potentially hazardous.
Flushing with the toilet seat UP.
A survey conducted by Scrubbish Brush found 68 per cent of men still do this and while it may not seem like a big deal, it’s churning up all manner of nasties.
As Stephanie points out, there is scientific reasoning behind this.
“The role of the flush is to take away the toilet bowl contents. This contains various bacteria including Salmonella and Shigella in high quantities.
“The flush must be powerful in order to carry waste away, and can fire up to 15 feet in the air as a result.
“The dirty, contaminated water from our flush lands on other surfaces in our bathroom, be that the sink, floor, or worst of all, our tooth brushes!”
To protect your bathroom against this, Stephanie says, “The safest thing to do with regards to preventing the spread of germs in the bathroom, is to put the toilet seat down before flushing.
“This keeps any germs inside the toilet bowl, away from other surfaces we come in contact with.”
Sometimes the flush is just not enough and we resort to the toilet brush – but Stephanie has identified this as another area of concern.
“Using the toilet brush to scrub away faecal matter and then storing it away in the holder whilst wet is a common mistake.
“The bacteria found in stools is transferred to the toilet brush, before being placed back into the toilet brush holder, which provides perfect conditions for germs.
Stephanie adds, “Bacteria thrives in moist environments, so storing your toilet brush in this way encourages germ multiplication.
“In order to minimise this risk, the toilet brush should be bleached after each use to kill germs, then left to sit over the toilet bowl until dry. It can them be replaced in the holder.”
Most of us can’t imagine going to the loo without having a toilet brush handy, but some experts are very much against them.
The authors of The Cleaning Bible advise against using toilet brushes completely, calling them, “an unworthy compromise for strict hygiene.” Instead, they recommend using rubber gloves and cleaning products to get the job done.”

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