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Health Poll: Do You Use Seat Covers on Public Toilets?

Do You Use Seat Covers on Public Toilets?

I'm kind of obsessed with using those funny little toilet-seat covers provided by the management "for your protection," but I wonder if they actually do anything. (According to this Yahoo Answers post, they're pretty pointless.) Do you use them?


snarkypants snarkypants 9 years
i only squat when it's nasty. otherwise i sit right on the seat. what's the big deal? your computer keyboard probably has more nasty stuff growing on it than the toilet seat.
tglynn tglynn 9 years
ok, reading the other comments, why is everybody angry at the "squatters"? You're obviously not doing it right if you're peeing all over the damned seat.
tglynn tglynn 9 years
squat! gotta work out those leg muscles! lol
CurvatudeBlog CurvatudeBlog 9 years
uh yeah!!! i mean really...the shape of most public bathrooms is beyond gross..some of these females can be so nasty sometimes..
Spectra Spectra 9 years
Oh yeah, I always wipe off the seat if there's pee on it. Which, yeah, is usually from the "squatters" that are so germophobic. And having someone ELSE'S pee on me grosses me out. I also avoid putting my purse on the floor, lol. You never know if the toilet overflowed or something and got nasty poopy toilet water all over the floor. Gross! Great tip, redsugar! I always carry these awesome portable soap leaves in my purse that I use at public bathrooms because most of the soaps they have there are way harsh and sometimes they're out of soap.
redsugar redsugar 9 years
I don't use them. They are ridiculous. Are you afraid something will attach its self to your bottom? The worst thing on the seat is YOU SQUATTERS' PEE! I don't care if you squat, but please, please, please aim well and clean up after yourself! Just wait until you have to take a toddler into the bathroom and they put their little hands ALL OVER the seat. Ugh! Of course, we scrub our hands very well after we pee. Lil' tip: Always carry a little liquid soap with you in case there isn't any available in the bathroom.
bluesarahlou bluesarahlou 9 years
Damn used my "I'm a microbiologist, here's my expert opinion..." line! ;) Washing your hands THOROUGHLY, as in good amount of soap, hot water, decent a much better way to avoid the bugs of a public bathroom. That being said...I use the ass gaskets to wipe off the toilet seat. Basically the purpose is to wipe off any pee/hair/splashed water before I sit. And I NEVER, EVER put my purse on the ground! The horror!!! I spend my hard earned money on those things and the LAST thing I'd do is muck up the bottom of them with a nasty public bathroom floor.
TFS TFS 9 years
i dont even use public toilets. its vile!
behemoth_the_cat behemoth_the_cat 9 years
I always use them, and even if they are not provided, i cover the seat with toilet paper if it looks particularly unclean. I actually never even thought of toilet seats passing on STDs from person to person (apart from Crabs); i just use the covers when the seat looks unclean. The idea of sitting on someone's stale piss stains just totally grosses me out, even if I won't get an STD from them.
Spectra Spectra 9 years
I'm a microbiologist...I'll chime in with my expert opinion on the matter: Toilet seats are relatively clean compared to other surfaces in the bathroom. Face it, the backsides of your thighs just don't have a lot of germs on them. And it doesn't matter how germy your hands get while you're in the bathroom, you're going to wash them when you're done anyway. What you SHOULD do to safeguard yourself at a public restroom: After you finish using the bathroom, wash your hands thoroughly with soap and warm water, dry your hands off and grab some extra towels. Open the door using the extra towels and hold the door open with your foot while you throw the towels out. Or just push the door open with your arm on the way out. Problem solved.
Geminispoppy Geminispoppy 9 years
Using covers makes no sense to me, i mean, you don't eat off of your butt, nor do you catch any infections that way. And if there's urine or water on the seat it's gonna soak throught the cover anyways! Strange people :P
shernic82 shernic82 9 years
I am not a squatter...squatters generally get pee all over the seat (and most do not clean it idea why), and you drip pee on yourself as well, which is not exactly a feeling I enjoy. If the toilet is so nasty I would have to squat, I would honestly try to find a different one unless I were just dying to pee. I wipe off the seat with toilet paper, and then put toilet paper down wherever there was pee that I wiped off (whether that's logical or not, I have no idea, just my habit) and sit. People's hands and mouths have MUCH more germs than their butts.
md12398 md12398 9 years
i'm a sitter, and good god, i hope all of you squatters out there wipe up when you're done! there's nothing that bugs me more than having to wipe up another woman's urine before i can pee.
Giasbash6260 Giasbash6260 9 years
What I do is whip the seat down with toilet paper before sitting -
Allytta Allytta 9 years
what's up with peeing all around? it never happens to me. just squat properly.
Allytta Allytta 9 years
oh my god. ew. the answers implied that people actually sit down on a publi toilet. ew ew ew. i never do that. oh my god. i don't even do that when i'm at my friend's house and they share it with someone.
cottonpoots cottonpoots 9 years
Regardless of the supposed uselessness protection-wise of seat covers, I must always use them. The thought of putting my bare bum where other people's bums have been just freaks me out :sick:
wackdoodle wackdoodle 9 years
I do. But not to protect me from germs because they don't. But to protect me from the wetness left by other nasty women who squatted above the toilet seat and dribbled urine on the seat and didn't bother to wipe up their dribble. Nothing worse in my book (when I'm in the loo) than looking at the seat - seeing nothing and sitting down and FEELING wetness on my bum and legs and realizing that I sat in some nasty chick's pee.
beingtazim beingtazim 9 years
i don't squat. i'm short and this doesn' twork. i am so sick of seeing drops on seats, though. these covers aren't in the bathrooms at the university, which is mainly where i go. i have heard of some people putting their feet on the seat and squating!!! disgusting!!! why are people so selfish?
GrapeBubbleGum GrapeBubbleGum 9 years
I never use them because they are pointless. PLUS I usually don't squat (unless it's if some inconsiderate squatter peed all over the seat and didn't wipe it up). I tend not to worry about these sorts of things. I mean, there are bacteria EVERYWHERE and regardless of how careful you are, you are going to come into contact with it. So I don't worry and just make sure I wash my hands.
frimpled frimpled 9 years
I sit directly on the toilet! OMG. I don't see what the big deal is, I haven't contracted anything or gotten any strange infections on my butt so far, and I've never used a toilet seat cover. If there is pee or pubic hair on the toilet seat I wipe it off with toilet paper. And I don't squat either, cause I don't feel like trying to aim and balance. Too much stress. The toilets in most public restrooms are cleaned throughout the day, so I don't see what the big deal is. I mean, a lot of places are dirtier, including your own toilet. :)
Kasia_ Kasia_ 9 years
i simply squatt... everyone i know does. :/
emalove emalove 9 years
No...those things are usually empty and even if they're not, I'd rather just squat. I don't like getting anywhere near public toilet seats.
MandyJoBo MandyJoBo 9 years
I'm surprised to see so many non-squatters. OMG! I'm NOT Alone after all! I really thought it was instilled in every little girl that there are itty bitty monsters on public toilet seats that will bite you if you touch it. ;) I use these if they're available for the illusion of protection. I have heard/read study after study that showed our own toilets have more germs than public toilets. I still would rather have my own germs on my butt. If the restroom is dirty, I just hold it. Otherwise, I just pretend I'm at a friend of a friend's house. I still use my shoes to touch most things.
PJ-PJ-PJ PJ-PJ-PJ 9 years
I'm a squatter, but I do put these down--just in case I lose my grip! I even have a small pack of these that I carry in my purse. It may or may not make that much of a difference physically, but it does mentally! By the way, I've never sprinkled on the seat when I squat, but tons of other women do. It's not impossible to squat & get a clean shot into the toilet! I don't understand why a woman would leave her pee-pee sprinkles on the seat. It's just nasty & a total contradiction to why you would bother squatting in the first place. I also make a point to not directly touch the handles & such. There are napkins or tissues for that.
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