Have you ever used a public bathroom only to find there are no seat covers? That's when most people create their own seat covers out of toilet paper.
But toilet paper may actually house more bacteria than toilet seats.
When a toilet is flushed, the germs get dispersed in the air and stick to any surrounding objects.
Since toilet seat covers are designed to prevent picking up bacteria with their smooth surface, they are the last thing germaphobes should be worried about — unless there’s feces, blood or urine on them.
Almost every surface in bathrooms is covered in bacteria, according to a study published in the Journal of Applied Microbiology, Wimp reports. What's worse are hand dryers which blow the germs through the air and circulate them onto every crevice in public restrooms.
Unfortunately, the fibers in toilet paper are a perfect breeding ground for germs to accumulate, according to Mad World News. Toilet paper has a grippy surface and can lock in moisture, making it a vessel of pathogens.
The best method for preventing bacteria is to close the lid when flushing the toilet and to bring your own hand sanitizer after touching things.