Six Reasons to Put the Toilet Lid Down

Updated on November 27, 2017
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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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  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. 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.
  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 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.

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      Xavier 7 days ago

      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.

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      PatriciaV 14 months ago

      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!

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      MarloByDesign 2 years ago from United States

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

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      Geri Anderson 2 years ago from Arizona

      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!!!!!

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      Becca 2 years ago

      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.

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      AG 3 years ago

      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.

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      Ruby S. 3 years ago

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

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      Andy Smith 4 years ago

      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 4 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      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!

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      Yves 4 years ago

      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.

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      Briefme2 4 years ago

      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!

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      BkCreative 4 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      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!

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      BkCreative 4 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      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!

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      Better Yourself 4 years ago from North Carolina

      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!

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      Stan Murphy 4 years ago from Kansas

      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.

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      Hendrika 4 years ago from Pretoria, South Africa

      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!

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      marion langley 4 years ago from The Study

      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.

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      QueenScheherazade 4 years ago

      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!

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      Hezekiah 4 years ago from Japan

      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.

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      LensMan999 4 years ago from Trans-Neptunian region

      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.

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      Alecia Murphy 4 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina

      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.

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      BkCreative 4 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

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

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      BkCreative 4 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

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

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      Blake Masri 4 years ago from Costa Mesa, California

      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.

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      BkCreative 4 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      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!

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      Stephen Hodgkinson 4 years ago from Sydney Australia

      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.

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      BkCreative 4 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

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

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      jessesToons 4 years ago

      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. http://www.bradshawplumbing.com/pages/plumbing.htm

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      BkCreative 4 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      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!

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      Dan 4 years ago

      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.

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      BkCreative 4 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      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!

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      Michael Luckado 4 years ago from Hawaii

      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.

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      That Guy 5 years ago

      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.

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      Thomas Mulrooney 5 years ago from Colne, Lancashire, UK

      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!

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      ohmar 5 years ago

      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

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      BkCreative 5 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      Seems soooo many do Kenneth!

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      Kenneth 5 years ago

      I donno know y, but I always keep it open

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      BkCreative 5 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      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.

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      Debbie Roberts 5 years ago from Greece

      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.

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      BkCreative 5 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      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.

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      Jennifer H. 5 years ago

      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.......

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      BkCreative 5 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

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

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      hoteltravel 5 years ago from Thailand

      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!

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      BkCreative 5 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      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.

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      imatellmuva 5 years ago from Somewhere in Baltimore

      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!

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      Millercl 5 years ago

      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.

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      BkCreative 5 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

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

      Thanks for commenting!

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      Counselor Counselet 5 years ago

      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.

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      BkCreative 6 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      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.

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      Hal 6 years ago

      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.

      Hal

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      BkCreative 6 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      Thank you lonnierakestraw. Glad you enjoyed the article!

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      lonnierakestraw 6 years ago from South Florida

      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!

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      BkCreative 6 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

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

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      Charles Webb-it 6 years ago from Edmonds,WA

      Awesome! funny but true

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      BkCreative 6 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      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.

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      Michael Nix 6 years ago from Yorktown, Virginia

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

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      Adrienne F Manson 6 years ago from Atlanta

      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.

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      BkCreative 6 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      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'.

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      Jenafran 6 years ago from Tampa Bay Florida

      Bac mist......yuck!

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      BkCreative 6 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      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!

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      Karen N 6 years ago from United States

      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.

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      BkCreative 6 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      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!

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      blairtracy 6 years ago from Canada

      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.

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      BkCreative 6 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

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

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      ThoughtSandwiches 6 years ago from Reno, Nevada

      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!

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      BkCreative 6 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      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.

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      RandomThoughts... 6 years ago from Washington

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

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      BkCreative 6 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      Thanks for the compliment!

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      AngelaKaelin 6 years ago from New York

      These are all very sound reasons! Great job!

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      BkCreative 6 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      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!

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      Veronica Allen 6 years ago from Georgia

      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!

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      BkCreative 6 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

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

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      KenWu 6 years ago from Malaysia

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

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      BkCreative 6 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      Thank you NicoleSmith! Glad you love it!

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      NicoleSmith 6 years ago

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

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      BkCreative 6 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      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!

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      JP Carlos 6 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines

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

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      BkCreative 6 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      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!

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      Pollyannalana 6 years ago from US

      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!

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      BkCreative 6 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      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!

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      Audrey Hunt 6 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Ah - Ha...so 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

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      BkCreative 6 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

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

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      prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia

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

      Prasetio

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      BkCreative 6 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      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!

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      d.william 6 years ago from Somewhere in the south

      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

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      BkCreative 6 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      Will come visit and thanks for commenting!

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      Katrina of A VICTORIOUS WOMAN MINISTRY 6 years ago

      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.

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      BkCreative 6 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      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!

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      Granny's House 6 years ago from Older and Hopefully Wiser Time

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

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      BkCreative 6 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      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!

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      Granny's House 6 years ago from Older and Hopefully Wiser Time

      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.

      Tina

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      DeBorrah K Ogans 6 years ago

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

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      BkCreative 6 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

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

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      shygirl2 6 years ago

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

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      BkCreative 6 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      Yay! And you're welcome. I'm so glad to hear this Romano Arnesto!

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      Romano Arnesto 6 years ago from Philippines

      Ugh! My bad. From now own, I'll take heed with your advises. Thanks, BkCreative.

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      BkCreative 6 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      So glad you totally enjoyed the hub toknowinfo. My friends are telling me their guys are having a problem with spraying. Wait - how long have you had those things and still can't aim?

      There must be some toilet etiquette! And healthy practices of course.

      Thanks for commenting!

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      toknowinfo 6 years ago

      Great hub. Practical, humorous, and filled with valuable information. In my home, we always keep the lid closed. I think it looks better, no anxiety about which seat is up and I always knew about the bacteria spray. Rated up, awesome, and funny.