While sitting at my doctor’s office I overheard two ladies discussing bathrooms. It was not an over top conversation until I heard one of them say to the other, “Did you know that every time you flush the toilet with the lid up, water particles are expelled from the toilet bowl into the air, some of which land on your toothbrush?”
I wanted to throw up right there and then. Needless to say, I’ve been obsessed with toothbrushes and toilets ever since. I have the habit of searching the unknown by going directly to the computer and Googling the subject. The technical name for the sprinkling toilet water occurrence is the aerosol effect.
University of Arizona environmental microbiologist Charles Gerba devised a simple test to check for the aerosol effect in your home:
Conduct tests by placing pieces of gauze in different locations around the bathroom and measuring the bacterial and viral levels on them after a toilet flush.
For a detailed account of the aerosol effect and how you can combat it, click here. Once you have read it, you will never sit on the toilet the same way again.