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6 Ways to Maintain Toilet Hygiene

Maintaining good hygiene in public restrooms is essential to prevent the spread of germs and harmful bacteria. Unfortunately, restroom facilities are often breeding grounds for these microorganisms, making it necessary to keep them extra clean and hygienic.

Did you know the average toilet seat contains 50 bacteria per square inch? Or can a single flush release harmful germs up to 10 inches above the toilet seat? These alarming statistics highlight the importance of maintaining proper restroom hygiene to prevent the spread of harmful bacteria and germs that can cause illness.

This article will discuss simple and effective ways to maintain toilet hygiene. These tips can help keep your restroom facilities clean and hygienic and reduce the risk of spreading germs and illness.


Tip #1: Keep the Toilet Lid Shut

Many believe flushing a toilet is enough to keep it clean and free from germs. However, flushing a bathroom can create a cloud of microscopic water droplets known as "toilet sneeze" that can contain bacteria and viruses. These droplets can travel up to six feet from the toilet bowl, potentially landing on nearby surfaces and increasing the risk of infection.

Experts have discovered that shutting the lid before flushing can significantly reduce the spread of germs. Studies have shown that flushing a toilet without a lid can disperse germs up to 10 inches above the toilet seat. These germs can then settle on surfaces and be transferred to your hands, potentially making you sick.

To protect yourself from these harmful germs, it's important to always shut the lid before flushing. This simple step can significantly lower your risk of exposure to dangerous microbes. After flushing, wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water, as germs are still on and around the toilet lid.

If you think a flushed toilet is clean, there is bad news for you. Over 1 million bacteria stay alive after a toilet is flushed!

If you want an even more effective solution for keeping your toilets and urinals clean and hygienic, consider using a toilet and urinal sanitiser. Experts at Initial offer a dual sanitiser system that releases an effective dose of sanitising fluid into the flush water each time the toilet is flushed. This kills pathogens in the water in the WC. It also keeps your toilets and urinals clean and stain-free and provides enhanced protection against the build-up of limescale and bacteria.


Tip #2: Use Toilet Seat Sanitisers

Toilet seats are one of the dirtiest surfaces in a bathroom and can harbour germs and bacteria. This is especially true if people squat on the seats or shoes are worn inside the restroom, which can spread harmful bacteria such as faecal bacteria that may cause serious infections.

Fortunately, there's a simple solution to ensure that toilet seats are clean and hygienic: using toilet seat sanitisers. Initial offers a cubicle-mounted toilet seat sanitiser dispenser, making cleaning toilet seats quick and easy. All you need to do is dispense the sanitising fluid onto toilet paper and wipe down the seat before and after use.

Using a toilet seat cleaner can help reduce your risk of exposure to harmful bacteria and germs. By taking this simple step, you can help keep yourself and others safe and healthy. Additionally, using a toilet seat cleaner can also help reduce the spread of germs throughout the restroom, promoting better overall hygiene.

It's important to remember that using a toilet seat cleaner is a small but essential step in maintaining good bathroom hygiene. Keeping toilet seats clean and free from germs can help promote a safe and healthy environment for everyone who uses the facilities.


Tip #3: Proper Waste Disposal

Proper waste disposal is crucial for maintaining a clean and hygienic environment, mainly where people use shared facilities, such as restrooms. When waste is not disposed of properly, it can lead to unpleasant odours, attract pests, and create an unsanitary and unsafe environment. In addition, improperly disposed of waste can also spread infections and diseases, posing a risk to public health.

One way to promote proper waste disposal is by providing dedicated bins for specific types of waste, such as sanitary products and toilet paper. These bins should be easily accessible and clearly labelled to help users identify the correct disposal of waste disposal method. Additionally, emptying these bins regularly is essential to prevent overflow and ensure they are always available.

One way to promote proper waste disposal, including the disposal of sanitary napkins, is by providing dedicated bins for specific types of waste. These bins, including Initial's feminine hygiene unit, are crucial for maintaining a clean and hygienic environment, mainly where people use shared facilities, such as restrooms.

Another product that can assist in sanitary waste disposal is the Sanipod Classic Auto. This is an automated sanitary bin designed specifically for sanitary napkins, making it a valuable addition to restrooms in public spaces, offices, schools, and other communal areas. 

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The SaniPod™ Classic Auto is equipped with advanced technology that automatically opens the lid when the user approaches the unit and closes it after the waste has been deposited, thereby eliminating the need for physical contact. This menstrual waste disposal unit also has a powerful anti-bacterial treatment that keeps it clean and hygienic.


Tip #4: Wash hands thoroughly with soap and water before stepping out

Do you count the number of times you touch a surface each time you visit a toilet?

Let me give you a few examples. When you enter, you will touch the door handle. If you need to lift the toilet seat lid, you may use your hands without overthinking it. How about the inevitable flush button?

When you step out of the toilet without washing your hands with soap and water, germs on your hands can be transmitted to others who are in close contact with you. In addition, when you touch your eyes, nose or mouth with contaminated hands, the germs can enter your body.

Do you know? A single gram of human faeces can contain one trillion germs! Faeces are a source of germs, including Salmonella and E.coli, that can cause severe infections and diseases.

According to the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention, hand washing with soap and water reduces the number of people who get sick with diarrhoea by 30%. Therefore, take the soap and water even in a hurry! 

It’s a convenient way of dispensing soap using an automatic soap dispenser. Activated by a sensor, Initial’s no-touch dispenser is hygienic and easy to use. Initial's washroom solutions like the Signature no-touch soap dispenser are available in various colours to complement your washroom design.

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Tip #5: Dry hands before stepping out

There is a big difference. Research suggests that damp hands spread 1,000 times more germs than dry hands! Besides that, a moist surface provides a more conducive environment for bacteria to thrive.

In addition to being in a hurry, more than 30 per cent of people cite empty paper towel dispensers as the reason for not drying their hands.

Washroom hygiene companies provide facilities such as paper hand towel dispensers and toilet hand dryers to keep users happy. After all, first impressions matter. Initial Hygiene consultants can assess your washroom requirements and recommend the most suitable hand-drying solution for your business.


Tip #6: Keep the floor dry

Floors are one of the top places in public toilets for bacterial harborage. A wet floor poses multiple hazards. Besides posing a fall risk, a damp floor provides an ideal environment for disease-causing bacteria to thrive. After all, bacteria function best in a moist environment.

Initial hygiene offers a range of floor mats which are effective at trapping dirt and keeping floors dry. Its Germguard mats are designed to reduce germs development.

In conclusion, maintaining toilet hygiene is essential to promote good health and prevent the spread of germs and harmful bacteria. Remember, even small steps like using a toilet seat cleaner can significantly promote good hygiene and reduce the risk of illness. Taking care of your restroom facilities can help create a healthy and safe environment for yourself and others.

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