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Navigating Public Toilet with Ease: A Guide to Clean Bathroom Breaks

Public toilets are a necessity when we're out and about, but they can sometimes be a source of discomfort due to hygiene concerns. Whether you're travelling, shopping, or simply exploring new places, knowing how to navigate public restrooms with confidence and cleanliness can greatly enhance your overall experience. 

Navigating Public Toilet with Ease: A Guide to Clean Bathroom Breaks
Navigating Public Toilet with Ease: A Guide to Clean Bathroom Breaks

In this blog, we'll explore 10 practical tips to help you use public toilets effectively while maintaining good hygiene practices. From choosing the cleanest facilities to proper handwashing techniques, these tips will empower you to feel more comfortable and confident when nature calls away from home. Now you don't have to hold on to nature's call and avoid public facilities. Let's dive in!

1. Choose clean facilities: 

Look for public toilets that are well-maintained, well-lit, and appear clean overall. Facilities in high-traffic areas like airports, malls, or restaurants are often better maintained than those in less frequented places. Pay attention to factors like the cleanliness of floors, walls, seats or stands, and sinks.

2. Inspect before using: 

Before using the toilet, take a moment to visually inspect its cleanliness. Check the toilet seat for any visible stains or debris. Also, look at the condition of the floor and walls to gauge overall cleanliness. If the toilet appears dirty or unkempt, consider finding an alternative facility.

3. Use toilet seat covers or toilet paper: 

If available, use toilet seat covers provided in the restroom. These are typically made of thin paper and can be placed on the seat to create a barrier between yourself and any germs or bacteria present. Alternatively, you can layer toilet paper on the seat for a similar effect. You can also wipe off the surface of the seat with a tissue or you can use a sanitizer to spray on the seat before sitting on it.

4. Flush properly: Always remember to flush the toilet after use to maintain cleanliness for the next person. Some toilets have sensor-activated flush systems or foot pedals that allow you to flush without touching the handle directly. If using a traditional flush handle, consider using your foot to minimize contact with your hands.

5. Wash your hands: 

After using the toilet, wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Scrub all surfaces of your hands, including the backs, between fingers, and under nails. Use warm water if available, as it helps to remove dirt and germs more effectively. You can also use a sanitiser afterwards for extra protection.

6. Carry a hand sanitizer: 

In cases where soap and water are not readily available, carry a small bottle of water-based hand sanitizer like Hi Life Wellness’s Viro Care with you. Apply a sufficient amount to your hands and rub them together until dry. Hand sanitizers with at least 60% alcohol content are recommended for effective disinfection. They can help you in making your hands feel clean after using the facility.

7. Maintain personal hygiene: 

Practice good personal hygiene habits, such as wiping properly after using the toilet and washing your hands regularly throughout the day and using sanitizer, especially before eating or touching your face. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands to prevent the spread of germs and infectious diseases.

8.  Avoid touching surfaces: 

Minimize contact with surfaces in the restroom to reduce the risk of picking up germs. Use your elbow or a tissue to open doors, operate faucets, and flush toilets whenever possible. Avoid placing personal items on potentially contaminated surfaces. Use Hi Life’s hygiene expert Me safe Intimate Hygiene Spray for your intimate care. Just spraying it before and after taking the leak will help in protecting your intimate area from any germs and bacteria around you while using the facility. 

9. Dispose of waste properly: Use the designated bins for disposing of toilet paper, sanitary products, and other waste. Do not flush items like sanitary napkins, paper towels, or baby wipes, as they can clog the toilet and lead to plumbing issues. Disposing of sanitary napkins in sealed disposal bags is very important. After proper disposal, wash your hands with soap to maintain hygiene.

10. Carry personal hygiene products: Consider carrying personal hygiene products with you, such as hand wipes, sanitizer, intimate hygiene spray, disinfectant spray, or portable toilet seat covers, especially if you anticipate using public toilets frequently. These products can provide an added layer of protection and peace of mind when using less-than-sanitary facilities.

By following these elaborated tips, you can better navigate the use of public toilets while maintaining good hygiene practices and minimizing your exposure to germs and bacteria.

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