"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?