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Here's Why You Should Never Flush With The Toilet Seat Up

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We all know the toilet is one of the dirtiest places in our home, but there are a lot of things that you could be unconsciously doing in the bathroom that are putting your health at risk.

For example, the way you hang your toilet paper can have an impact on your health.

If you hang your toilet paper "under," you're doing it wrong.

The reason why is because there's a chance someone's germ-infested fingers could come in contact with the wall.

And when the toilet paper is closer to the wall, it brushes against it, and the next person's hands can get contaminated with harmful bacteria.

The best way is to hang toilet paper is "over," where a person's fingers will only touch the toilet paper that they will use.

Who would have thought that the way you hang toilet paper could make such a big difference on your health? I sure didn't.

Sometimes the things we unconsciously do can have a big impact on our well-being, which leads me to my next point:

You should never flush the toilet when the toilet seat is up, and here's why:

Women hate when the toilet seat is up, and for good reason.

No one wants to fall inside a toilet bowl, because that would be just plain nasty.

But leaving the lid down has all sorts of other benefits, such as containing the bacteria in your toilet.

When you flush with the toilet seat up, a lot of nasty bacteria will spread all over your bathroom without you even noticing.

So, if you think you're helping to clean your toilet by flushing it, you're mistaken.

Here's where things get really gross...

According to Bustle, researchers at Leeds University tested the air above toilets and discovered that a particular germ called C. difficile, which causes violent vomiting, can shoot up 10 inches above toilet seats.

And according to studies published in the American Journal of Infection Control, these pathogens can survive on surfaces for weeks to months!

Flushing with the toilet seat up can also lead to the airborne transmission of norovirus, SARS, and influenza.

For good measure, I think it's time to rearrange the items in your bathroom, like your toothbrush and floss.

Also, don't forget to frequently disinfect your whole bathroom. But, most importantly, always flush with the toilet seat down.

Do you flush with the toilet seat up?

Moojan has been a writer at Shared for almost a year. When she's not on the lookout for viral content, she's looking at cute animal photos. Reach her at moojan@shared.com.