The WHO states that about 297,000 children under five die every year from diarrhoea resulting from unsafe drinking water, sanitation, and hand hygiene. How you use the toilet and washroom can have a huge impact on your gastrointestinal and skin health.
Here are some essential toilet hygiene tips that you need to know:
- The cheapest and simplest tip is to wash your hands thoroughly every time before and after using the toilet. Mere handwashing alone can kill thousands of germs and prevent you from acquiring deadly diseases like E-coli infection, bacterial diseases, UTI and skin rashes. Using an antibacterial or antiseptic soap dispenser can add to your hygiene quotient.
- The most obvious tip is to prevent your belongings from becoming carriers of germs and diseases. Avoid placing your bags and cell phones on the bathroom floor and skin shelves especially while using public toilets no matter how shiny and posh the washroom interiors may appear.
- The selective tip is to opt for an Indian style commode over a western one when outside. The lesser you come in physical contact with the washroom wares, the less exposed you’re to infectious germs.
- The self-equipped tip is to carry and use your own handkerchief, tissues and hand sanitizers instead of using the ones provided at public toilets which are used by multiple people.
- The flush tip is to make sure all the excreta matter is flushed well before you leave the loo. This not only leaves the flush ready for use for the next person but also prevents human waste from collecting and rotting in the bowl.
- The toilet bowl tip is to clean the inside and lowest part of the toilet bowl at least once a week. Once you turn off the water connection to the toilet, pull the flush, till the bowl is totally empty. Sprinkle washing powder or solution or vinegar, let it sit for 30 to 60 minutes before giving it a good scrub with a toilet brush, pull it and refill it. This helps in getting rid of all the stool remnants and hard water sediments from the flush if any.
- The replacement tip is to change your natural body scrubber or loofah once every 3 to 4 weeks or once every 2 months if you use a plastic one. The cloth hand towels need to be washed at least once a week. Otherwise, their damp and porous texture can be a perfect breeding ground for germs. Using towel bars instead of hooks to hang wet towels allows them to dry faster and better which further reduces the chances of mildew build-up.
Theses practice will not only make the environment in your house cleaner, safer and pleasant but also in your workplace. To know more about how to improve your toilet hygiene consult the best doctors in Kanpur today, available only at Regency Healthcare.