Six Reasons to Put the Toilet Lid Down
To some, it always seemed 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 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:
- Bacteria-filled Mist: When you flush the toilet, a bacterial mist 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.
- Child Safety: Toilet locks exist so children cannot open the toilet. Unfortunately, there are still cases of children falling into the toilet. According to the CPSC (Consumer Product Safety Commission), a toddler or baby can topple into an open toilet headfirst drown. Frankly, with children in the house there should be child-safety locks on the bathroom doors. Protect small children. Close the lid.
- 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. But the same bacteria-mist that flies around after a lidless flushing will transfer to your pet if you leave the lid up. As you might imagine, veterinarians advise against letting your pet drink from the toilet. It's bad for their health and, since they will likely give you a smooch at some point, bad for yours.
- 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.
- 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?
- 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 its 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.
What to Do When a Toilet Has No Lid
Public toilets, which are usually small, enclosed spaces, have a super-powerful flush but no lids. It's one thing being at home with your own bacteria, but its 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 far away.
I hate even thinking about this.