Toilet germs...

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by waloshin, Jan 15, 2010.

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    waloshin

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    When you flush the toliet water molecules explode into the air unless the person closes the lid prior to flushing. Those molecules have bacteria that can become harmful.

    So what distance can these germs fly in the air?

    How long do they stay in the air?

    The reason why i'm asking is because my bedroom is right across our bathroom and I was wondering is it even safe to have my toothbrush in my bedroom.
     
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    Keep your toothbrush in a container. Then you can chill out a bit :)
     
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    benflick

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    Don't worry about it.
     
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    rdowns

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    Relax. Toilets have been ejecting that crap into the air for years. Closing the lid is useless, the water molecules and germs, billions of them, escape in the space between the bowl and seat and the seal and lid. Literally billions of germs, fecal matter and who knows what else. Cover your toothbrush man.

    I wouldn't worry much about it.
     

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    Is the bathroom inside or outside the bubble you live in?

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    i don't leave my toothbrush in the bathroom. I carry it in and out for this reason.
     
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    waloshin

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    Inside of course.
     
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    Compile 'em all

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    We have to worry about molecules now?

    Do you also watch Fox News?
     
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    TheAnswer

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    It must be true, I heard about it on Youtube! (Don't watch right after the Carlin bit. Unless your Filipino, it pales in comparison).
     
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    anjinha

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    Well, urine is pretty much sterile as it leaves the body, so no reason to worry about bacteria.
     
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    rdowns

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    I heard the peeing on your feet can cure athlete's foot.
     
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    iBlue

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    Other than the ewww factor, I don't think it's so much the urine that is worrying but the aerated fecal particles.
     
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    MythBusters did this one, and the result (from Wiki):

    And they also found that a toilet seat is one of the cleanest things in your house:


     
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    Thank God for MythBusters, now I can brush my teeth before I go to sleep tonight!

    Of course I can't turn off the light before I go to bed!
    Or type on my keyboard
    Or talk on my cell phone

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    Seeing the bacteria count on the kitchen sponge is a perfect excuse for never washing dishes again either :D
     
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    Gav2k

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    It's people over the years avoiding germs and types of foods that have caused so many allergies and pandemics.

    I'm not saying don't wash your hands but hell if ur kid comes in covered in mud with a cut don't rush them to the er for a jab.
     
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    aerated fecal particles
    Now there's something you don't hear every day. :D

    Maybe I just like to live dangerously but that flushing the loo might endanger anyone's health has never even occurred to me.

    I like your way of thinking. :)
    That's pretty much how I grew up. But then again, back in the Mud Age that was all we had to play with.
     
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    Fortunately I use paper plates and plastic spoons and forks
    It has probably saved my life! :)

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    Melrose

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    Peeing in a wound is supposed to sterilize it too, but I'll pass on that one...

    That report leaves out the important question: what type of germs.

    I'd rather have old kitchen counter germs than toilet-related germs.

    OP: Don't read any books by David Bodanis. You wouldn't ever sleep again.
     
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    Plastic spoons and forks are so wasteful. Use a plastic spork instead and cut your utensil trash in half. :p
     
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    Or just don't use any utensils at all. It worked for cavemen :p
     
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    You do know that if you're stuck out in the dessert and have no water, it's safe to drink your own urine.
     
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    Recycling?

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    True. I saw Bear Grylls do it. :D
     

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