POLL: How do you flush a public toilet?

Do you go through this to flush a public toilet?

public restroom foot


Almost 60% of Americans say they flush public restroom toilets with their foot to avoid coming into contact with germs. That’s according to a 2016 Healthy Hand Washing Survey conducted by Bradley Corporation.

Flushing with your foot, then leaving immediately, may be a good move. Flushing toilets without lids or with the lid up causes an aerosol effect.  A microscopic mist of water and germs from feces can be sprayed up to six feet into the air and land on surrounding surfaces such as stall walls and door, toilet paper dispensers, the toilet handle, and possibly you!

The best defense against germs is washing your hands for 15-20 seconds with soap and warm water, then drying them thoroughly after using a public toilet. Another tip: use paper towels to shut off the water faucet and pull open the bathroom door.

Tell us how you flush a public toilet…vote below!

Post Author: Kristi Williams
Kristi Williams is the Digital Marketing Coordinator for Coverall. Her background includes web design, programming and creative content. She enjoys reading, traveling and running marathons.

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