Two Of The Dirtiest Spots In The Public Restroom


Do you believe that the toilet seat is the dirtiest spot in a public restroom? Does it have more bacteria that cause all those horrendous diseases crawling on it? Over the years, you’ve been told that the toilet seat is the spot that is just about the filthiest, nastiest place in a public restroom– just waiting to contaminate your innocent backside!

Well, if you believe the toilet seat is the root of all evil in that public restroom – you’re wrong! Experts now say that the two most contaminated, dirty areas are the floor and around the sanitary napkin disposal unit. The average restroom floor has about 2 million bacteria per square inch. That is about 200 times higher than a sanitary surface. Dr. Charles Gerba, co-author with Allison Janse of ‘The Germ Freak’s Guide To Outwitting Colds and Flu”, says “…You don’t want to walk around barefoot in a public toilet!” He defines a ‘sanitary surface’ as something clean enough to eat off of - with no more than 1,000 bacteria per square inch.

A high number of fecal bacteria are found on the restroom floors and experts advise women to avoid placing purses there whenever possible. They point out that an even worse habit is to go home and place the purse that sat on the floor in a restroom booth on the kitchen counter. Imagine whipping up a salad or making a sandwich on a counter that truly is crawling with restroom bacteria!

The area around the sanitary napkin disposal unit is also crawling with microorganisms. Medical research has shown that menstrual fluid can produce up to 160,000 bacteria on a sanitary napkin within four minutes. This astonishing growth, experts say, is due to the rich media of menstrual blood and secretions, where bacteria thrive. If a used sanitary pad is dropped on the floor near the disposal unit, the area can quickly become contaminated with these microorganisms.

Toxic shock syndrome has been related to the use of tampons and it created quite a stir a few years ago when an unprecedented number of women died from it. Although, it has dropped out of the media spotlight, TSS is not gone and cases are still being reported. The disease is believed to be caused by the Staphylococcus Aureus, which can produce a lethal toxin up to 20 times its normal level. These organisms are on discarded tampons and can contaminate the sanitary receptacle. carries several different types of sanitary disposal units. There is a Double Entry Swing Top Receptacle, which sits on the floor in the restroom booth. The Convertible Receptacle has a hinged lid, which remains open for disposal, then closes tightly, confining bacteria inside. The Wall-Mount Receptacle has a removable plastic liner for easy cleaning. It holds a waxed paper liner bag. Refill bags can be ordered from Their complete line of supplies can be viewed on line.

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