Super-Simple Life Hack That You’ll Use All The Time (Once You Know About It)

Toilet bowls are, by their nature, full of nasty stuff. Not only do they house your body’s waste, they also are home to a ton of bacteria that’s dangerous to our health. The toilet is meant for dirty things to go in, but sometimes…they don’t stay in there.

According to a study by scientists at Leeds University, toilet water splash-back contains tons of germs and bacteria that can cause diarrhea and vomiting.

This is especially true in the case of automatic flushing toilets. Due to the wonky nature of their sensors, they can flush while you are still sitting on the john, causing that nasty bacteria to get all over your legs and other…unmentionable…parts of your body.

So how do you stop this from happening?


Edit: For clarification, placing toilet paper over the sensor keeps the toilet from prematurely flushing, because let’s be honest, unexpected toilet-water splash is unpleasant to say the least.

Put some toilet paper over the sensor and worry no more. You can officially forget about fecal matter spraying itself onto you. Whether it’s your own or someone else’s. Yuck.

Even better — before you remove the toilet paper, if you can, close the toilet seat. This will prevent all that gross stuff from going airborne.

This is perfect for any germophobes out there who can’t stand the thought of that splash-back from an auto-toilet. Then again, I have a feeling that not too many germophobes are using public restrooms anyway.