The number one reason you should put your toilet seat down

May 29, 2020
...the lid is really there for a reason!

Leaving the toilet seat up or down has played a part in the battle of the sexes for ages, but with the Covid-19 pandemic the debate has become more serious. According to a CNN article, "... a new computer modeling study shows how a flushing toilet can send a cloud of little particles containing fecal matter into the air -- fecal matter that could carry coronavirus. 


Doctors have shown that coronavirus can live and replicate in the digestive system, and evidence of the virus has been found in human waste."

Toilets sold for use in your home feature a lid on the seat.  Most people  would concede that the toilet simply looks better when the seat and lid are closed, (which is why manufacturers photograph them this way!)  Ease of use, habit and gender tend to guide your lid preferences.  But those lids are actually an important part of reducing the spread of bacteria and were designed to help  keep your bathroom clean.

While low flow toilets have greatly reduced this issue, every time you flush a toilet, germs can spread through the bathroom through micro-particles escaping into the air.  This is not good news for your otherwise clean and shiny bathroom.  You want the bathroom to be an environment of relaxation and respite and to accomplish this, cleanliness really counts.  Calming showers and luxurious baths are high points in our day but thoughts of  germs can be somewhat deflating.

Luckily there is an easy fix for this issue; simply close the lid...every time! The lid was designed to keep germs where they belong, in the bowl and  down the drain!  If you leave the lid up when you flush, those germs can float around your bathroom, landing on any available surface, including towels, hairbrushes or even toothbrushes.  Nobody wants that! 

This easy fix not only works, but it also puts an end to the battle of up or down.  You want it down...all the way, every time you flush.  

If you leave the lid up when you flush, those germs can float around your bathroom, landing on any available surface, including towels, hairbrushes or even toothbrushes. Nobody wants that!