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18th Jul 2016

This is why you shouldn’t cover the toilet seat with toilet roll

We never thought of this!

Rebecca Keane

There’s nothing worse than having to use public bathrooms.

Whether it’s at a festival, a quick stop in a garage before embarking on a long journey, or running into a pub’s dingy bathrooms, when you need to go, you NEED TO GO.

Public bathrooms can behold all sorts of horrors, pissy floors, toilet bowls with skidmarks, or even worse, a wet toilet seat. YUCK.

The only way to combat the soul-destroying sight of a foreign toilet seat is to try cover it up with as much toilet roll as possible, but it’s been uncovered that covering the seat holds more germs than going bareback.

While many think creating a barrier between your bum and the seat will save you from the nasties, using a layer of bog roll when you do your business has been shown to be more harmful, according to The Sun.


Research has found that the shape and design of the traditional toilet seat has been structured to repel germs, making it reportedly cleaner than many people’s sinks, kitchen cloths, and chopping boards.

The smooth plastic surface of a toilet seat already deflects germs and bacteria, making it extremely hard for people to catch any disease or conditions.

Covering a toilet seat with loo roll means the absorbent paper can soak up the germs, with bacteria passing more easily from the seat to a person’s behind.

The possibility of your toilet roll being covered in germs is also high, considering every time the toilet is flushed tonnes of bacteria fly through the air to land on the roll – meaning that people fond of layering tissue on the toilet seat are only increasing risks of infection from germs.

Germaphobes will already know the peril of using a Dyson hand dryer to finish off after washing your hands, and stopping layering the toilet with paper will prevent the spreading of germs too.