Public restroom facts and tips

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Myth: Toilet Seats Are the Dirtiest Thing in the Bathroom…wrong

It’s the Sink and faucet handles

  • The sink and faucet handles are the real germ-infested culprits of the public restroom. Sinks create the perfect environment for colonies of harmful organisms. The accumulation of running water makes a sink a viral and bacterial breeding ground. People usually flush toilets with their shoes, but they do not hesitate to turn on faucets with dirty hands. When you follow them and turn on the faucet, you receive their germs, and if you don’t wash your hands properly, you keep them.

Proper hygiene avoids germs

  • To help avoid being affected by harmful organisms in public restrooms, use proper hand-washing techniques. Always use soap, and run your soapy hands and fingers under hot water for 20 to 30 seconds. If time permits, repeat this process. The friction from rubbing your hands and fingers together helps loosen bacteria that could be on your hands. Use a paper towel to turn off the faucet to avoid re-contaminating your hands.

What you can do

  • To reduce your contact with harmful organisms. Use a paper towel to shut off the water and open the door after you wash your hands. If you use a hot air dryer, be careful not to get too close to the vent. If possible, use stalls that have the toilet paper holder covered to prevent germs from splashing water. Leave the stall immediately after flushing the toilet to avoid a microscopic mist of harmful organisms.

     

How to reduce toilet germs

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Toilet seat

 

Fecal matter carries diseases that are transmittable via toilet seats and unsanitary washroom surfaces. This makes bathrooms one of the germiest places on earth. Proper hygiene and sanitation practices in your community can reduce the spread of germs through toilets.

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Steps to prevent spreading germs

Step 1.

Place toilet seat sanitiser gel on existing toilet paper and wipe the toilet seat surface. This prevents the germs that are already on the toilet seat from coming in contact with your skin.

Step 2.

Grab the toilet seat lid with a paper towel and lower it. Flush the toilet by pushing the lever down with the paper towel. Quickly exit the bathroom stall. When the toilet seat is lowered before flushing, germs are prevented from becoming airborne.

Step 3.

Wash your hands with soap and hot water. You get soap in between your fingers, and underneath of your fingernails. In addition, you should lather up for at least 15 seconds. This prevents any germs that did get on your hands from spreading to any other surface in the bathroom.

Step 4.

Spray the toilet and surrounding areas with a disinfectant spray, such as Glen 20, after each use. This will reduce the spread of germs that were distributed in to the air after flushing.

Step 5.

Sanitize the bathroom, and scrub the toilet regularly. Use antibacterial cleaners such as Bio Plus or cleaners like bleach that kill germs.

 

Sanitary disposal units and the law

Even if you are a male chances are that you are aware of the sanitary disposal unit which is found in most public and private female toilet facilities. Sanitary towels and tampons are used by women the world over during their period so the provision of sanitary disposal units is something of great importance to business premises and entertainment venues alike.

Sanitary disposal is an important process when it comes to managing women’s toilet facilities. Sanitary disposal units are the accepted method in the vast majority of toilets all over the country. The most important thing to remember is that flushing is not an acceptable solution. This can obviously lead to blocked plumbing systems which can be inconvenient and embarrassing but also has disastrous implications for the environment; sanitary towels and tampons take at least six months to degrade and ones containing plastic are not biodegradable so flushing them is harmful to the environment.

Where can I get appropriate sanitary disposal units?

If you are looking to procure the most hygienic sanitary disposal units available on the market then you will be hard pressed to find anyone better than RNR Services.

Toilet paper for sale

Livi toilet paper – 700 sheets 2ply

Toilet paper

Toilet paper

Quality toilet rolls sold in boxes of 48

Did you know:

  • About four billion people don’t use toilet paper. About 70% – 75 % of the world’s population does not use toilet paper.
  • People in some parts of the world do not use toilet paper due to a lack of trees.
  • Some people don’t use toilet paper because they can’t afford it.
  • A lot of people would rather not spend money of fancy paper to wipe their behinds.
  • Water is the universal solvent, not paper.
  • Toilet paper has secondary uses such as nose care, removing makeup, covering toilet seats, packaging material, cleaning mirrors, cleaning glasses, etc.
  • Two-ply toilet paper consists of two layers of 10 thickness paper, one ply is made of a 13 thickness paper, and so, two-ply is not necessarily twice the thickness.
  • When comparing one-ply and two-ply on average one-ply toilet paper lasts twice as long. One-ply will also tend to break down faster in a septic system.
  • In an average household, the average roll of toilet paper lasts approximately five days.
  • Consumers use approximately 8 – 9 sheets of paper per toilet use.
  • We use an average of 57 sheets of toilet paper a day!
  • The average roll weighs 227 grams (measurements: 4.5 inches by 4.5 inches per sheet)
  • Seven percent of Americans steal rolls of toilet paper in hotels or motels.

Toilet Paper Roll Right Position

  • If you hang your toilet paper so you can pull it from the bottom, you’re deemed to be more intelligent than someone who hangs their toilet paper and pulls it from the top.
  • It takes about 384 trees to make the toilet paper that one man uses within his lifetime.
  • The average person uses 100 rolls of toilet paper per year (over 20,000 sheets).
  • The daily production of toilet paper is about 83,048,116 rolls per day.
  • Toilet paper is often used for making dresses.
  • An average tree weighs 1,000 pounds which would yield 450 pounds of bleached chemical pulp, assuming a 90% converting yield, approximately 810 rolls of toilet paper would be produced from a single tree. (thanks to Don Guay)
  • In many countries you do not flush the paper.
  • Today, there is in-office machine, which turns used copier paper into toilet rolls, right there in the office.
  • Toilet paper was first patented in Albany (Small country in Europe)

Paper Towel dispensers and hand towel refills for sale

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Paper Towel refills are available – One box is 3200 interleaved hand towels, 16 packs per box. 

Most paper towels marketed today contain at least two layers of paper pressed together, but more absorbent brands may have three or more layers. The first paper towels were often bleached white to emphasize their clean and sanitary nature, but manufacturers eventually began to print distinctive patterns on the paper to improve their aesthetic appeal. Other improvements include adding more surface area through embossed designs and varying the length between perforations to allow users to choose the amount of paper toweling needed for a particular task.

HISTORY OF PAPER TOWELS

The history of paper towels may not include tales of hygienic derring-do or sanitizing feats of strength, but it does include a toilet paper delivery gone awry and a creative teacher with germ-laden students. With that sort of human drama as a backdrop, it remains a mystery as to why the history of paper towels hasn’t been made into a blockbuster movie by now.

 Seriously, the history of paper towels is one of serendipity stemming from a problem the size of a railroad car. The Scott Paper Company in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania was already established as a leading producer of toilet tissue by 1907. In that year, the president of Scott Paper, Arthur Scott, received some distressing news from the railroad docks.
 
An entire railroad car was filled with paper that was simply too thick to be used as toilet tissue, or for any other purpose for that matter. Scott pondered the fate of this unusable paper, then recalled a local newspaper article from 1879 about a Philadelphia teacher who issued sections of soft paper to her students as a substitute for the single cloth towel used communally in the school’s bathroom. It was her hope that individual students use the paper one time and dispose of it properly.

Air freshener – Mango Madness in 2014

Sparkle mats for washrooms

Sparkle mats for washrooms

 

Home or work air freshener dispenser

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Mango air freshener combined with a Mango mat are extremely powerful fragrance, a unique combination.

  • Use a mango sparkle mat in your bathroom
  • Hang a mango sparkle mat on your walls
  • Place mat in your urinal bowl

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HISTORY OF AIR FRESHENERS

Fragrances have been used to mask odors since antiquity. A variety of compounds have been used over the past two millennia for their abilities to create pleasant aromas or eliminate unpleasant odors.

The first modern air freshener was introduced in 1948. Its function was based on a military technology for dispensing insecticides and adapted into a pressurized spray using a chlorofluorocarbon (CFC) propellant. The product delivered a fine mist of aroma compounds that would remain suspended in the air for an extended period of time. This type of product became the industry standard and air freshener sales experienced tremendous growth. In the 1950s, many companies began to add chemicals that counteract odors to their fragrance formulas. These chemicals, intended to neutralize or destroy odors, included unsaturated esters, pre-polymers, and long-chain aldehydes.

Worth a read…Do Toilets Sneeze?

Apparently they do. According to two studies, toilets “sneeze” when flushed, spewing aerosolized plumes of moisture, bacteria and viruses over many bathroom surfaces. The first study, conducted in 1975 and ominously entitled “Microbiological Hazards of Household Toilets,” showed that this menacing sneeze produced a cloud that stayed airborne for up to two hours and traveled six to eight feet up and out from the toilet. The head researcher (no pun intended), environmental microbiologist Dr. Charles Gerba, had two main recommendations for worried flushers: keep your toothbrush inside a cabinet and close the toilet lid before flushing (finally, a scientific reason to close the lid!).
It took thirty years for a follow up study, but in 2005 researchers confirmed the plume and discovered how it was formed inside the toilet. Unfortunately, they had some bad news for those who thought closing the lid would eliminate the threat. Because of gaps between the lid, seat and rim, the same amount of bacteria escaped whether the lid was open or closed. Luckily, a closed lid does seem to buy flushers a little time to wash their hands. You see, the greatest aerosol dispersal occurs when the water from the flush meets the water in the bowl, so closing the lid and leaving the area immediately after flushing keeps airborne particles from landing on you or being inhaled.

The good news is that normal toilet use is unlikely to present a great health risk. Normal “formed” stool is quickly washed down the toilet, limiting the number of bacterial aerosols that can be created as a result. Health problems are more likely to arise when the toilet is flushed after acute episodes of diarrhea or vomiting.

If you’d like to see the effects of a sneezing toilet, put some food dye into the toilet water, flush it, and hold a piece of white paper horizontally across the seat of the toilet.

And to reduce the chances of a sneezing toilet giving you or your family a cold (or worse), keep in mind these practical tips:

1. Put the lid down before flushing to buy some extra time.
2. Clean your toilet immediately if a user has vomited or had diarrhea. 
3. Clean your toilet regularly. When rings build up in the bowl and under the rim, bacteria and viruses can adhere to them and be ejected during flushing. 
4. Don’t forget to clean the underside of the lid, seat and rim, which are in the direct line of the germy toilet plume.
5. Use an acid cleaner inside the bowl to remove build-up and kill germs. Use a disinfectant cleaner on the rest of your toilet, not just an all-purpose cleaner.
6. Clean from the least contaminated area to the most, then spray and let the disinfectant chemical dwell for the recommended time before wiping. This extra contact time after cleaning is a very effective way to kill bacteria and viruses.
7. Don’t forget that ceilings and walls are impacted too, so be sure to clean these areas every once in a while, especially those nearest the toilet.

Biological cleaner to the rescue!

Do you know what chemicals your using? Use a biological cleaner…one product used in all areas.

When consumers buy commercial cleaning products, we expect them to do one thing: clean!

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  • scents,
  • soaps,
  • detergents,
  • bleaching agents,
  • softeners,
  • scourers,
  • polishes,
  • and specialized cleaners for bathrooms, glass, drains, and ovens to keep our homes sparkling and sweet-smelling.

But while the chemicals in cleaners foam, bleach, and disinfect to make our dishes, bathtubs and countertops gleaming and germ-free, many also contribute to indoor air pollution, are poisonous if ingested, and can be harmful if inhaled or touched. In fact, some cleaners are among the most toxic products found in the home. In 2000, cleaning products were responsible for nearly 10% of all toxic exposures reported to U.S. Poison Control Centers, accounting for 206,636 calls. Of these, 120,434 exposures involved children under six, who can swallow or spill cleaners stored or left open inside the home.

Cleaning ingredients vary in the type of health hazard they pose. Some cause acute, or immediate, hazards such as skin or respiratory irritation, watery eyes, or chemical burns, while others are associated with chronic, or long-term, effects such as cancer.

The most acutely dangerous cleaning products are corrosive drain cleaners, oven cleaners, and acidic toilet bowl cleaners, according to Philip Dickey of the Washington Toxics Coalition. Corrosive chemicals can cause severe burns on eyes, skin and, if ingested, on the throat and esophagus. Ingredients with high acute toxicity include chlorine bleach and ammonia, which produce fumes that are highly irritating to eyes, nose, throat and lungs, and should not be used by people with asthma or lung or heart problems. These two chemicals pose an added threat in that they can react with each other or other chemicals to form lung-damaging gases. Combining products that contain chlorine and ammonia or ammonia and lye (in some oven cleaners) produces chloramine gases, while chlorine combined with acids (commonly used in toilet bowl cleaners) forms toxic chlorine gas.