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Six Reasons to Put the Toilet Lid Down

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Toilets are gross and can even be dangerous—here's why you should shut the lid every time.

Toilets are gross and can even be dangerous—here's why you should shut the lid every time.

Should You Leave the Toilet Lid Up or Down?

To some, it always seems like the right thing to do to put down the seat and close the lid. Why? Because there is a lid—if it's there, why not use it? But some do not think this way. They either don't see the toilet lid, or they view it as a backrest.

Which makes me wonder: Do people really recline on the toilet as if settling into their La-Z-boy before a TV show?

The question of whether to shut the toilet lid or not has been a point of contention for some time.

This article seeks to make the case that the lid of the toilet should always be put down after use. Here are six reasons why:

  1. Bacteria-Filled Mist
  2. Child Safety
  3. Pet Safety
  4. The Lid Is Not a Backrest
  5. Feng Shui
  6. Falling in
A toilet with the lid up

A toilet with the lid up

1. Bacteria-Filled Mist

When you flush the toilet, a bacterial mist of aerosolized fecal waste is created. Studies have shown that the mist can travel several feet every time you flush, meaning any toothbrushes, towels, shower curtains, or surfaces in the vicinity are being blanketed in bacteria. You, too, are probably receiving a blow of gaseous bacteria to the face.

2. Child Safety

Toilet locks exist so that children cannot open the toilet. Unfortunately, there are still cases of children falling into the toilet. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, a toddler or baby can topple into an open toilet headfirst and drown. Frankly, with children in the house, there should be child-safety locks on the bathroom doors. Protect small children. Close the lid.

3. Pet Safety

Pets love toilets—that cool, fresh water, the funky smell, the mystery of what lies beyond the rim of that porcelain bowl. These are the things pets' dreams are made of. Dogs often hydrate themselves in the toilet bowl, and my cat makes attempts to play in the water.

If you leave the lid up, your pet may consume bacteria-ridden water or residual cleaning products. As you might imagine, the Animal Poison Control Center advises caution in terms of allowing your pet to consume toilet water.

4. The Lid Is Not a Backrest

The toilet lid is there for one reason and one reason only: closing the toilet. If people actually do recline on the toilet, they should know it's extremely unhealthy. Let's consider a pickle jar for a moment: You open the jar, you take out the pickle, you close the jar, then you put the lid back on the jar. Lids close things. They aren't decorative accessories.

5. Feng Shui

Feng shui, pronounced "fung shway," literally translates to wind, water. Also known as geomancy, it is an ancient Chinese science based on natural energy, or chi, in our environment. The Queen of feng shui is Lillian Too. She often writes about the power of water and how to use it effectively.

Lillian Too says toilets should always be closed because water has drawing power. You don't want to draw the energy in your home down the toilet. The open toilet will also draw your wealth down the toilet, says she. Need I say more?

6. Falling In

This reason to put the lid down also applies to leaving the seat up. Falling in is one of the greatest reasons to put down the lid. If you have ever fallen in the toilet, you know it can be a painful and messy affair. There is simply no way anyone can fall in the toilet if the lid is down.

"Why," you ask, "Don't you turn on the light if you are staggering through the dark at night to get to the toilet? This way, you can make sure the lid and seat are down." Well, if you must know, studies show that it's best to keep lights down if you must get up during the night. Turning on bright lights can wake you up completely, making it impossible to go back to sleep.

When a Toilet Has No Lid

Public toilets, which are usually small, enclosed spaces, often have a super-powerful flush but no lids. Being at home with your own bacteria is one thing, but it's hard to think of anything filthier than a public toilet.

How are you supposed to protect yourself from the bacteria mist? When in a public toilet, open the door, flush with your foot, close the door, and get as far away as you can.

I hate even thinking about this.


fdx on February 05, 2020:

Closing lid solves everending "seat up - seat down, woman against man dispute". Just close the toilet...

JHS on October 01, 2018:

Plus it just looks better.

Rosie61 on August 29, 2018:

I accidentally left the lid up on my way out the door and I locked my kitten in the bathroom to keep him safe (from the dogs) while I was at work, when I got home I found Hudson in the toilet, quite dead. I have never forgiven myself for forgetting to close the lid that day.

lee on January 14, 2018:

We have gone bacteria crazy. How much bacteria can possibly be vaporized AND distributed so far from the toilet? You probably have 1000's more bacteria under you finger nails than what is vaporized in one flush. Yeah is looks more proper, bur practicality should generally prevail.

Xavier on December 07, 2017:

People who don't put the lid down are disgusting. If you don't put the lid down you're uncivilized and probably never had a good woman in your life to help civilize you as a person.

PatriciaV on September 28, 2016:

This has become quite the family debate! My daughter and her family put the lid down after using the toilet. I have NEVER put the lid down. When they were visiting, I woke during the night and went to the bathroom where I promptly peed all over the lid, the floor and myself!! I would take a dump (with the seat up) in the toilet anytime vs this experience!

MarloByDesign from United States on September 15, 2015:

Great Hub! I will always close my toilet lid now so my money won't go down the drain (pun intended).

Geri Anderson from Oklahoma on August 23, 2015:

LoL!!! Gotta laugh at those who think 'their' germs are safe.. and that it's too much work to open/shut the lid... How very Lazy-American of them!!!!!

Becca on August 02, 2015:

SEAT down, lid up. Our toilet is clean. There's no bacteria and if you get up at night like I do, you don't want to have to open the lid each time. It's annoying.

AG on September 05, 2014:

I cannot believe that there are people that sit down in a toilet without checking that the seat is clean. That's nasty. Anyone who fall in the toilet deserve more than that.

Ruby S. on April 06, 2014:

You cited good reasons to make it a habit in closing toilet lid all the time.

Andy Smith on November 10, 2013:

Indeed, I think toilet lid is one of the most important part in installing a Toilet. And to get rid of the bacterias. Nice tips you got there.

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BkCreative (author) from Brooklyn, New York City on June 29, 2013:

Briefme2 - you know I forgot how much my dog used to drink from the toilet. Then the cat started doing it. They do like that crisp cold water!

savvydating - I so agree with you. I wish I knew what would gain so much attention! And wiping that always touched handle is a good idea. I'm glad you enjoyed the hub and thanks so much for the votes. Yay!

savvydating on June 28, 2013:

Wow! You've gotten a lot of comments on this. Who knew a toilet lid could be so interesting. Yet it is! This is such a well written piece. I'm glad you mentioned the leaning back thing. I don't think I do it, but just in case, now I am more aware. Another thing I like to do is wipe the toilet rims and lid and the part behind the lid pretty regularly with a cleanser that has bleach in it. Often times, we forget to wipe the handles (any handles) so that is a useful tip. Hmm. come to think of it, I think I'd better go wipe my toilet and door handles right now!

Up & useful.

Briefme2 on June 27, 2013:

Brilliant Hub and great incorporation of Lillian Too/Feng Shui. I am going to try putting the lid down but the dogs will be disappointed!

BkCreative (author) from Brooklyn, New York City on June 27, 2013:

Alecia Murphy - thank you so much. Who needs the germs!

LensMan999 - you're welcome. Glad you enjoyed the hub.

Hezekiah - yes, there is something awful about looking in a toilet bowl.

QueenScheherazade - thanks so much and a big welcome to hub pages. I've been here over 4 years and it just gets better and better. I will look you up!

marion langley - I'm glad you mentioned Jungle to Jungle. I had no idea and now must look it up. Wonder if we will start a war over this soon? Haha - why not!

Hendrika - certainly a good point. I admit there have been times when I had back pain and I thought I wouldn't make it because the seat was down. Almost didn't. It was a struggle.

stan murphy - I am so glad you said that because as you can see in my first comment I innocently dropped a tooth brush in the bowl and never saw it again. What a disaster when the toilet started backing up. Now that I think back I wonder how many things my children dropped in the toilet. Hmmmm.

Better Yourself - thanks so much. Unfortunately, I have found myself falling in the bowl and you never want to do that twice!

Thanks for the brilliant comments. Oh yay!

BkCreative (author) from Brooklyn, New York City on June 27, 2013:

Sigh! Let me add one more reason for putting down the toilet lid. I was cleaning the bathroom with the lid up, using a toothbrush to scrub around the faucet and yes, the toothbrush fell in the toilet. It was like a magnet the way it jumped out of my hand and down the bowl. Then the toilet started backing up. I had to get in a plumber yesterday but it is still running slowly. All this because I dared to clean while the toilet lid was up. Never again!

Better Yourself from North Carolina on June 26, 2013:

The bacteria factor alone was enough for me! I can hardly stand the thought of it and since I can't control what other people do in my bathroom I leave my toothbrush closed up in the cabinet high up! And I've thankfully caught myself the few times I didn't know the seat was up in the middle of the night. Very interesting hub, great job!

Stan Murphy from Kansas on June 26, 2013:

I grew up in a family that left the toilet lid up for many years until we began to accidentally drop other toiletry items into it. I remember how much cleaner the bathroom looked once we did this. My wife has always insisted on it, so I am glad I had a chance to make the change while still living with my parents.

Hendrika from Pretoria, South Africa on June 26, 2013:

Closing the lid is obviously the best, there is unfortunately one problem and that is that it can be a problem for old and sick people. When my sister in law was dying of cancer she asked us not to do it because simply the time it took her to close the lid was the reason she did not "make" it and then the result is whet jammies!

marion langley from The Study on June 26, 2013:

I think the sheer number of comments suggests what a difference bathroom manners make. I love it when in the movie Jungle to Jungle the dad tells his son to put the toilet seat down because it has been a cause of war and resulted in many deaths LOL I put the cover down because Martha Steward and Dr. Laura say it's visually more appealing.

QueenScheherazade on June 26, 2013:

I'm new to writing Hubs and have been poking around to get a feel of what a really good Hub looks like. I think yours takes the cake and I just wanted to share that with you. Awesome title that made me want to read it and I found myself both laughing and being somewhat disgusted at the same time throughout. Kuddos to you!

Hezekiah from Japan on June 25, 2013:

Interesting Hub, I can't stand to see the toilet lid up. I have a friend who's toilet is near the entrance and the bathroom door is always open, so when you enter the apartment, the first thing you see is a toilet with the lid. It's a girl living there too.

LensMan999 from Trans-Neptunian region on June 25, 2013:

You have shared quite a useful thing to others. though almost all people put down the lid, there are some who don't bother about it. Thanks a lot for sharing the after effects it may cause.

Alecia Murphy from Wilmington, North Carolina on June 25, 2013:

I put the seat down mainly because to me it makes no sense to leave it open but also because of germs. And your hub definitely validated that. Thanks for the tips.

BkCreative (author) from Brooklyn, New York City on June 11, 2013:

Blake Masri - that is problem in my tiny bathroom - the toilet getting moldy - the whole bathroom in fact. Sigh! Thanks for writing.

BkCreative (author) from Brooklyn, New York City on June 11, 2013:

Blake Masri - that is problem in my tiny bathroom - the toilet getting moldy - the whole bathroom in fact. Sigh! Thanks for writing.

Blake Masri from Costa Mesa, California on June 10, 2013:

Very interesting-- I was always taught to put the toilet seat down for ladies but never taught to put the lid down. I was born and raised and still reside in Southern California no more than a few miles from the coast. We leave the lid up so the inside of the toilet doesn't get moldy.

BkCreative (author) from Brooklyn, New York City on March 19, 2013:

Thanks so much for the comment Que Scout. And how nice to call me an excellent author. I truly do enjoy writing here on hubpages. I must come and check out your hubs!

Steve from Fiji on March 18, 2013:

Immunity perspective:-

I have never heard of anyone getting sick because of a dirty toilet in the modern developed world. I expect there are people who get sick from a clean toilet because they have not built up a natural immunity.

If there are people in the household who prefer the seat down then their wishes should be respected. But remember, to lift the seat one must put their fingers between the seat and the rim of the toilet, effectively putting their fingies right in the dried urine on the rim.

If they want the lid down then I think it could only be for aesthetic reasons, or you have toddlers, or inquisitive pets. I think the "mist" theory is a bit fetched, however, just like the seat, if there is someone on the household who prefers the lid left down, then it is easy enough to respect the wish.

I hope my comments do not offend the excellent author, but rather they are intended to bring to the forefront the natural immunity perspective.

Tidy and clean perspective:-

Put down the seat and lid after each use :), it looks heaps better.

BkCreative (author) from Brooklyn, New York City on January 18, 2013:

Love your comment jessesToons - yay! And thanks so much for writing!

jessesToons on January 18, 2013:

I couldn't agree more with this article and the comments! I never thought I would enjoy reading information on this stuff. I needed help with my plumber Toronto. I just hate having plumbing problems. But this article I'm going to print and put above the toilet for my husband to read. Hes such a punk.

BkCreative (author) from Brooklyn, New York City on January 12, 2013:

Gross is right...Those sprinkles. I hope everyone with children and pets will close the seats. Thanks so much for writing Dan. Shockingly I have left the toilet seat up...and fell in so I am definitely one of those females who always checks. Whew!

Dan on January 11, 2013:

I am sorry but I think the only good reasons to do so are the pets and the children safety. being that i don't have any pets or children, I feel that men leaving the seat up is the fairest way to go about it. It evenly distributes the minor work of moving the toilet seat. I don't believe in feng shui, the mist has not made me or anyone I live with sick yet, and grown women should really be conscious of where they are sitting so they don't fall in a toilet. by leaving the seat up I make the sitting surface much cleaner because i know that many men pee with the seat down and get sprinkles on there... gross.

BkCreative (author) from Brooklyn, New York City on December 20, 2012:

Ohmar we have learned to look - only take one 'downfall' - whew!

boundarybathrooms - love the name and somehow I like this fight til the end of time - don't know why.

TheException - we do learn, believe me! Yikes!

Armchair Builder - I got a real visual there - omg! Thanks for your grand support!

Michael Luckado from Hawaii on December 18, 2012:

Wow. I've never thought about the mist. The lid's going down from now on. How about those movies where the person is sitting on the ground after a long, crazy night out and they flush the toilet when they are sitting with their face right next to it. Eeeeewww.

That Guy on November 20, 2012:

I agree, the seat and the lid should be put down. That being said, if it has been left up and you fall in, that is nobodies fault but your own.

Thomas Mulrooney from Burnley, Lancashire, UK on June 14, 2012:

I'm going to keep leaving the seat up, but it's just out of habit and the fact that I'm a man lol. My girlfriend says otherwise, but I'll fight her on this until the end of time!

ohmar on April 23, 2012:

its bad enough we have to put the seat up to piss but now we have to put it Down as well why can't girls just look before they sit

BkCreative (author) from Brooklyn, New York City on April 19, 2012:

Seems soooo many do Kenneth!

Kenneth on April 18, 2012:

I donno know y, but I always keep it open

BkCreative (author) from Brooklyn, New York City on April 17, 2012:

So true debbie roberts - seems I'm still reading and hearing about the bacteria mist. Putting the lid down is such a simple thing we can all do.

Thanks so much for the vote and sharing.

Debbie Roberts from Greece on April 17, 2012:

It is only in the past couple of years that a friend brought to my attention that flushing a toilet with the lid up will result in a bacteria filled mist leaving the toilet bowl. I have since removed my toothbrush from the bathroom and always put the lid down. I've tried to instil this into the rest of the family too, although that's not so easy. I think I will have to show them your hub!!

I like the sound of a toilet seat that closes itself, a conversation starter for sure!!

Voted up and shared.

BkCreative (author) from Brooklyn, New York City on February 29, 2012:

Good grief Jennifer H. I have a cat and always keep the lid down. She deserves that - your poor kitten. Have you showed the roommates this article? I wonder if it would help. I just don't understand the purpose oh having a toilet with a lid...and a bathroom door, and leaving both open.

Jennifer H. on February 28, 2012:

Lid down, there should be no ifs or buts about it. But unfortunatly I keep arguing with our roommates about this issue. We have 2 bathrooms and my boyfriend and I keep the lid closed and the bathroom door shut, now we have 3 male roommates who think it is much better to leave the seat and lid up plus leaving the bathroom door open is also cool..... apart from having had 2 cats fly into the open toilet as they are used to jumping onto the lid and then up on the sink for some fresh water or attention, one of those was a kitten and she nearly drowned, partly due to the shock. It started to smell in the house, which I find really discusting and annoying. The roommates bathroom is just juk since there are only male using it.... what do I do to convince them to keep the lid down and the door closed.......

BkCreative (author) from Brooklyn, New York City on January 28, 2012:

Isn't it interesting hoteltravel how the debate rages on? But yes, there is a lid there so why not use it.

hoteltravel from Thailand on January 27, 2012:

This is one issue that divides the human race right down the middle. I had heard about bacteria mist. This leaves a big question mark on the hygiene of toiletries kept inside. Why bother trying to prove or disprove? Let us keep the lid closed. As you have pointed out, that is the purpose of lids!

BkCreative (author) from Brooklyn, New York City on January 18, 2012:

Glad you enjoyed the hub Millercl! Surprisingly, this has been the source of many an argument in many homes. Maybe this hub will help us all calm down - hahaha!

I tell you imatellmuva - there is less chance of it overflowing so I'd go with closing the lid and taking my chances. I wish we could just go out in the woods and get it all overwith.

imatellmuva from Somewhere in Baltimore on January 17, 2012:

You know....I never considered all of those reasons, likely because I don't leave any of my toiletries in the bathroom anyway.

I grew up with four brothers, so keeping my items out of the bathroom is still a part of how I am. BUT, there are the other items, towels, the sink, which is relatively close.

The only thing I wonder about is, if the toilet bowl begins to overflow, having the lid open while flushing allows you to see the water rising above the level it should be, and react quickly and shut the water off, before all of that crap (no pun...or pun intended...whichever) is all over the floor.

Now I don't know what to do!

Millercl on January 07, 2012:

Bwahaha. This is hilarious and informative. Good stuff!

I argue with my wife about the seat... well not argue, but discuss, and she often brings up the falling in thing. My counter point is if she doesn't put the seat up, then I just might sprinkle on the seat. Why should I have to put the seat down if she doesn't have to put it up?

Well there isn't much validity with it, but I think it is fun.

BkCreative (author) from Brooklyn, New York City on January 07, 2012:

Good point about evaporation, Counselor Counselet. What on earth is the lid leave the toilet open? It makes no sense. Lately this issue has been in the news quite frequently.

Thanks for commenting!

Counselor Counselet on January 06, 2012:

Toilet water evaporates and can cause many health issues. Please put your lid down whenever you are not using the toilet. It only take one second to put it down and two seconds to put it up. This is the most important reason why the lid was invented.

BkCreative (author) from Brooklyn, New York City on November 14, 2011:

Good points Hal, it does have a lid - so why not close it so we don't have to look inside. And surely a closed lid will help reduce odors. Thanks for your input.

Hal on November 13, 2011:

And really who wants to look at the inside of a toilet to begin with when you go into to maybe just wash your hands or shower it's just wrong

I like going into a bathroom that has the toilet lid down cause who want a bathroom that smells like a toilet, yeah leaving the seat up puts that dank toilety smell in the air,p-ewww.


BkCreative (author) from Brooklyn, New York City on November 03, 2011:

Thank you lonnierakestraw. Glad you enjoyed the article!

lonnierakestraw from South Florida on November 03, 2011:

Cool article written in good humor, I enjoyed it. Item #1 on your list is very true, the danger of bacteria should be enough to get people to always close the lid!

BkCreative (author) from Brooklyn, New York City on November 01, 2011:

The truth sets us free! Thanks Charles Webb-it!

Charles Webb-it from Edmonds,WA on October 31, 2011:

Awesome! funny but true

BkCreative (author) from Brooklyn, New York City on October 30, 2011:

I love this HP community too, adrienne2. Everything is so right about it. It's interesting how this has been a topic of discussion/arguments for years - but I kinda figure...what is the lid there for if not to close the thing?

So glad Michael Nix. Mandatory with a bit of humor. Way to go.

Michael Nix from Yorktown, Virginia on October 29, 2011:

LOL, this just became mandatory reading for my wife and kids.

Fierce Manson from Atlanta on October 29, 2011:

Hi BK, This is a good list, but #1, and #5 whoooa. HP continues to be a source of wealthy information. I would have never thought of the lid being down as something that is Feng-shui. And the bacteria mist OMG close that lid! Thank you for sharing with the HP community.

BkCreative (author) from Brooklyn, New York City on October 29, 2011:

Love that you shortened it, Jenafran! Wonder how long it will be before there is a new product on the market designed to eliminate 'bac mist'.

Jenafran from Tampa Bay Florida on October 29, 2011:

Bac mist......yuck!

BkCreative (author) from Brooklyn, New York City on October 29, 2011:

Our cats love those toilets, don't they Karen N. I actually forgot to put down the lid one day after dumping just a few tea leaves. Tea leaves which were floating toys for my cat. She was so far down in there fishing for them and her paws were wet and ugh! and argh!

Thanks for commenting!

Karen N from United States on October 29, 2011:

My husband is pretty good about leaving the lid down after one accident a few years ago when our cat fell in the toilet. She liked to sit on the lid, but one time he forgot and left it up. We heard a splash and the cat started yowling. It was a little funny but not very hygiene.

BkCreative (author) from Brooklyn, New York City on October 05, 2011:

Just thinking about it blairtracy - I can now visualize those particles - argh! So now I make sure I get the door open and reach back with my foot to use the handle to flush and get out of that stall. Whew!

Tracy B from Canada on September 30, 2011:

Oh goodness. It bothers me so much when a public toilet doesn't have a lid! I can't help but think how many toilet particles are floating around the room.

BkCreative (author) from Brooklyn, New York City on September 08, 2011:

Hahaha! How true ThoughtSandwiches! Is it drool or toilet water? What fun! Thanks for commenting!

ThoughtSandwiches from Reno, Nevada on September 07, 2011:

hi BK...well this flying mist thing is rather disturbing! I do generally keep the lid down because of the dog...too much drool...too much toilet water...too hard to tell the difference between the two! Voted up and useful!

BkCreative (author) from Brooklyn, New York City on June 25, 2011:

You're welcome RandomThoughts... I've often asked why there is a lid if we aren't supposed to use it - but then I don't get an answer. Sigh.

RandomThoughts... from Washington on June 23, 2011:

Nice to have more to back up the argument with men about which came first...the lid up or down. Thanks for the ammo :)

BkCreative (author) from Brooklyn, New York City on June 04, 2011:

Thanks for the compliment!

AngelaKaelin from New York on June 04, 2011:

These are all very sound reasons! Great job!

BkCreative (author) from Brooklyn, New York City on June 02, 2011:

Ooooh Veronica Allen thanks for sharing that because it is truly a reminder. I have fell it too and it is the greatest shock ever. I'm just glad the water was clean. Whew!

Veronica Allen from Georgia on June 02, 2011:

I have fallen in the toilet too many times and in addition to the bacteria filled mist, this is hands down one reason why the toliet lid must be put down in our home. I love it!

BkCreative (author) from Brooklyn, New York City on May 16, 2011:

Thanks KenWu - it just seems that if there is a lid it's there for a reason. Nice to meet you by the way.

KenWu from Malaysia on May 15, 2011:

With what you have written, there is no reason why the lid not be put down. Thanks.

BkCreative (author) from Brooklyn, New York City on May 05, 2011:

Thank you NicoleSmith! Glad you love it!

NicoleSmith on May 05, 2011:

I am so glad to read this information. Love it.

BkCreative (author) from Brooklyn, New York City on April 27, 2011:

I so agree with you jpcmc. I'm aware of my toilet all the time now - it's like another person in the house. Whew! Thanks for writing!

JP Carlos from Quezon CIty, Phlippines on April 26, 2011:

I never really thought about the toilet seat much. Now I'll never look at the toilet the way I used to.

BkCreative (author) from Brooklyn, New York City on April 25, 2011:

Oooh I know what you mean Pollyannalana. I've fell in a couple times - not fun! You know I am trying to think of a good hub to write - I'm glad you are checking on me because now I am inspired. I'll see what I can research and come up with.

I keep saying I will do a couple a week and next thing I know a month has gone by - sigh!

I'll be back and thanks for writing!

Pollyannalana from US on April 25, 2011:

Hi,BK, haven't seen you in awhile. This is not a problem for me but somewhere, some time, I remember sitting down in water and cracking my back. Must have been many years ago. They should make the seats that have to be held up to end that problem. It really could cause a serious problem, you know? Besides having to take a shower at 3 or 4 AM!

BkCreative (author) from Brooklyn, New York City on April 24, 2011:

Oooh love your Ah -Ha - vocalcouch. And I have to admit that I just never gave this too much thought as far as that flush - ewww! Fortunately, I am into feng-shui and have just gone ahead and kept the lid down anyway. But now I am so aware of it to the point of being fanatical (darn it!).

So glad you enjoyed the hub. Thanks for commenting!

Audrey Hunt from Pahrump NV on April 24, 2011:

Ah - that's where all of my money has gone - right down the toilet. You made me a Feng Shui believer. Have a beautiful book on Feng Shui. Now - I shall read and practice it. This is one of my favorite hubs. I thought I knew everything about germs, toxins, etc. It just goes to show you, how little a person really knows. Did I say I love this hub? Bookmarking it and forwarding to family and friends. Geeeesh - I am such a huge fan, especially now. A marvelous work here which deserves all the buttons and a big rate up! :) vocalcoach

BkCreative (author) from Brooklyn, New York City on April 18, 2011:

Thanks so much for writing prasetio30! And thanks for the rating!

prasetio30 from malang-indonesia on April 16, 2011:

You share useful information about toilet. We should know this. Thanks for share with us. Rated up!


BkCreative (author) from Brooklyn, New York City on April 11, 2011:

Thanks so much d.williams - glad you felt some love. I have been laughing all morning reading your comment. I am so aware of this toilet stuff now - and I never want to go into a public toilet. Yikes!

Nothing would surprise me about rats - they can scale the face of a building and go into windows. This was a common problem in the city years ago.

And I'll think of you thinking of me and thinking of toilets and rats. Yay!

d.william from Somewhere in the south on April 11, 2011:

I loved this hub. and i loved all the comments. And thanks for making me now paranoid about leaving that lid up. Things will never be the same. Every time i flush my toilet i will now think of you. (not sure if that was a compliment or not) LOL.

I saw a special on t.v. about rats, and how they are so agile and supple that they can make their way from the sewer to your toilet. And people have actually been bitten on their butts by rats coming up through the drainage system. That one kind of gave me pause as well as your article. So, now when i got to the B.Room, i will not only be thinking about rats, but you as well. (darn, that did not sound like a compliment either). LOL. No disrespect intended. I loved this hub. Good job. dw

BkCreative (author) from Brooklyn, New York City on April 04, 2011:

Will come visit and thanks for commenting!

Katrina of A VICTORIOUS WOMAN MINISTRY on April 04, 2011:

Good info! I found out years ago that germs are exposed everytime the toilet is flushed and that was enough for me.

Hey feel free to check out some of my latest hubs.

Thanks for sharing.

BkCreative (author) from Brooklyn, New York City on April 01, 2011:

I loved the padded toilet seats back then too, Granny's House! Wasn't that the tops in luxury - to gently park yourself on such padding. Mmmmmm. And then they cracked - and the party was over - ow!

Granny's House from Older and Hopefully Wiser Time on April 01, 2011:

Bk, I used to work where they were first made. Everyone loved them back then. hehe

BkCreative (author) from Brooklyn, New York City on March 31, 2011:

For sure DeBorrah K. Ogans - just plain practical good hygiene etiquette - we should use it. Thanks for commenting!

Arrrgh! You are so right Granny's House. I had one years ago and it did crack (which was painful to sit on) - but yes, they cannot possibly be sanitary.

Hmm, haven't seen any lately - maybe we've caught on to the filth issues.

Thanks for writing!

Granny's House from Older and Hopefully Wiser Time on March 31, 2011:

Bk, you know what else is gross? Those plastic, foam filled toilet seats. Sometimes they crack and get urine in the cracks and then they stink. Yuck! I can not even sit on one of these, even if it is at someones house I know.


Elder DeBorrah K Ogans on March 25, 2011:

BKCreative! I so agree! It really is just plain, practical good hygiene etiquette! Thank You for sharing, Peace & Blessings!

BkCreative (author) from Brooklyn, New York City on March 25, 2011:

Thanks shygirl12. That self-closing toilet lid solves a whole bunch of fights. So clever!

shygirl2 on March 25, 2011:

I love the idea of the automatic closing lid, BkCreative. Cool hub! A good reminder to all those men out there!! lol! Kids too! : )