Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Do You Sprinkle?

"If you sprinkle
When you tinkle,
Please be neat
And wipe the seat.”

I admit it: I am one of those women who does not sit down on toilet seats in public bathrooms.

I know it doesn’t make sense. Multiple studies done by the people who research such things (the poor saps) show the cleanest place in a public bathroom is the toilet seat. (The germiest is the floor.) These experts say you can just go ahead and plunk your bare butt down with no fear … after wiping the seat in case someone peed on it.

That someone would be a woman who doesn’t sit.

I swear: if I sprinkle, I am neat and wipe the seat

In fact, if I am in a restroom and someone before me has peed on the seat, I will wipe it off (using copious amounts of toilet paper so there’s no chance I’ll touch their pee) even though, because I hover, it’s not a problem for me.


Because I don’t want the next woman in line to think I’m the pig.

Judging from the state of some public bathrooms, I’d say no one else does that, for their own pee never mind anyone else's.

And now I've read that those public-bathrooms researchers say you shouldn’t stick around after you flush. The flushing action of a toilet can throw germs as far as 20 feet, so you don’t want to be closed into the bathroom stall with one that's flushing. You particularly don’t want to be leaning over the toilet wiping up pee, possibly someone else's, possibly with your mouth open.

Clearly, I’m going to have to rethink my whole public-bathroom protocol.

Aren’t you glad you read this?


  1. Even in your own home, you should shut the lid when you flush, or it will throw those germs on your toothbrush, towels, jewelry,or make-up.

  2. Whoa, you're right, Yvonne. Yikes!

  3. I am taking a shower ASAP. I wonder if there is a remote control flusher.

  4. Now, women all over the world, will be busting out of stall doors while the toilets are flushing.
    Thanks Cheryl, now I have something else to worry about.

  5. So germ phobic. In reality, there are ten times as many non-human cells in our body as human cells, mostly viruses, some fungi, and bacteria. These single cell organisms are much smaller than human cells, but they still would weigh about 5 pounds collectively, or about as much as your brain. And, to the point here, these organisms are an essential part of ourselves, and are distinctly unique in each individual. You would die without them. The phobias are possibly the accumulated results of many decades of advertising from the makers of products that are designed to protect us from germs. So keep (re)thinking and postpone conclusions until later.

  6. :o) You're right. Still feel skeeved out about public bathrooms, though.

  7. I hover, too. Sometimes I sprinkle, too, but don't wipe it off every single time. Should I stop wipeing off my pee? What's about you? Do you still wipe it off?