A dirty toilet is an unpleasant site but is it hazardous? Each gram of faeces contains around 100,000,000, 000,000 bacterial cells. While most of these are harmless some can cause sickness. The washroom is therefore an area for potential cross-infection for hepatitis-A or bacteria such as those shown below.
The risks of picking up infection are low but if you come into contact with them, harmful micro organisms can enter the body easily through hand-to-mouth or hand-to-food contact.
A few simple precautions can reduce these risks significantly
- Use toilet paper to wipe up accidental spills and drips.
Lower the toilet lid before flushing to help prevent germs being ejected onto nearby surfaces.
- Make sure you wash your hands with warm, soapy water after using the toilet.