Why You Shouldn't Leave The Toilet Seat Cover Open When You Flush

Scientist has revealed that feaces particles and other droplets spread into the air and land all over your bathroom from walls to towels, if you left the toilet lid open after use.

It is advisable to always put the toilet lid down before flushing.

Not putting the lid down allows a cloud of bacteria to explode into the air, this showering of bacteria can settle on nearby surfaces in the bathroom.

This showering of bacteria can settle on nearby surfaces in the bathroom, including toothbrushes, towels and even walls.

Experts warn that this increases the risk of viruses such as the winter vomiting bug, or norovirus, of transmitting to another person.

Jason Tetro, a visiting scientist at the University of Guelph, said: "Each time you flush an aerosol is created due to the rush of water into the bowl".

He added: "When this happens, any microbes deposited into the said toilet may be sent into the surrounding environment."

Over the course of a day, the average person is believed to flush the toilet up to six times, according to Realtor. 

Microbiologist Philip Tierno previously told Tech Insider: "It is a good idea to lower the seat, especially if the bathroom is used by multiple people."

This is because aerosol plumes can be transported up to 10 inches above a toilet seat when it is flushed - and remain in the air for up to an hour.

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