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Put it down! The toilet lid, that is.

Updated on June 28, 2013

Your Average Toilet

Another danger of toilets... just kidding haha.
Another danger of toilets... just kidding haha.

Before we get any further, I want to remind everyone that this is coming from a guy. Not your mom, sister, or grandma. I’m going to tell you why you want to have that lid down for safety, health, etc. Let’s get started.

Bacteria Spray- Ew!

Did you know that every time you flush your toilet, it sprays out germs? That means anything, and everything in your bathroom has the potential to be covered in disease-causing bacteria. Close the lid, otherwise you’ll be covered in an invisible mud. That’s how you should think of it. No one can really see it, other than larger particles of water or debris (feces, ew) that land on you, but on a microscopic level that stuff is going to work multiplying and crawling all over you. It’s making you sick, it’s causing you to feel grimy, it’s making you an over-all un-clean person who needs a wash. Don’t be the slob you see walking down the street, or on the bus sitting alone, because no one wants to touch him. Don’t risk your career, hobbies, friends, family because you’re always sick and can’t make events or take part in the community. Honestly, the cons outweigh the pros. You spend 1 or 2 seconds putting the lid down and this saves you a lifetime of grief and unhappiness and grimy, uncomfortable feels.

Save the Children- I promise, they’re worth it

There have been 100% true accounts of children falling into toilets. Don’t laugh, it is serious stuff. A baby or small child can fall into the toilet and DROWN! You should even consider investing in a toilet lock (specifically for children), but if not, I at least recommend that you close the lid. Leaving a lid open is just like leaving an open container of water on the floor. It’s an open invitation to crawl in. Now, I know what you’re saying, “I’m too careful, I love my baby (babies), and I would never let them do that”. Well, do you really watch them 100 percent of the time? Really? Do you never leave and go on an outing by yourself or with your husband or wife. Have you never hired a baby-sitter? You can never be too careful. Another way to solve this problem is to always close the door. You should never leave more open rooms than you have to with babies, toddlers, and small children. The less space they have to get into trouble, the less worries you will have. Just do it, like Nike says. Just do it.

Do you own a Pet? Pets?

Honestly, this is pretty much the same as the previous warning about children, but let me make some specific points. They can still fall and drown. Just like kids they can still get in places they shouldn’t be and sometimes they can’t get back out. Just like kids, pets need extra supervision and you can’t honestly stay that you never ever take your eyes off them or hire a sitter or something like that, now canyou? In addition to that, pets will drink and/or get the dirty water on themselves. Think about it... they walk around your house all day. Do you really want them covered in crap (oh god, the pun was intended, please laugh... even if out of pity). Also vet bills can be expensive if they get sick. So, you lose time, happiness, health, potentially children, and potentially pets, all because you left the lid open. Wow! You really need to rethink your life. Seriously. 2 seconds of your time to be careful and 2 seconds is worth a lifetime of worrying. There is no possible way you shouldn’t do it, knowing this now.

Ok, well those were my main points, but I may expand on this later if you want me to. I have a few other ideas ;) Let me know in the comments if you want to hear more about the dangers of toilets.

The Dangers of Public Restrooms

The Dangers of Public Restrooms
The Dangers of Public Restrooms

Public Restrooms- The Dangers of

My last warning will be when it comes to public restrooms. Yes, the dirty, icky places we all have come to know and hate. This includes port-o-potties, which I won’t even get started on. Just, please, avoid those things if you can. They are the worst. No lid whatsoever and they are in the hot sun all day and out in the air where things can get in. I mean, I’ve seen lizards, flies, mosquitoes, etc in those things feasting. It’s gross. It’s unsanitary. It’s disgusting. Just stay away, please. Most public restrooms don’t have lids on their toilets, port-o-potties especially. Remember the first part of the article... about bacteria spray? Well, here’s my advice- don’t flush unless you have to. You’re in an enclosed stall and if you flush everything, and I mean everything, is going to get on you. Oh yeah, and if it’s an automatic flush, get the heck out of their A.S.A.P! It’s just not worth it. Don’t worry about being the guys or girl who didn’t flush. You’ll be thanking yourself later when you’re not sick and/or covered in germs, pea, and poop. It’s not worth the trouble. It’s now worth being sick or losing opportunity due to that. It may sound like I’m making a big deal out of nothing, but really, it’s important. It’s a huge part of our lives that no one ever seems to talk about. Every does it. Everyone poops and peas. Just say it. That’s the way it is and I feel like someone needs to educate the public on the dangers of our own waste. It comes out for a reason and the better you get at keeping it out and gone is the better. So, take this article seriously, please. I mean, it can only help you, right? It can only make you a better person. It can only make you healthier. It can only make you happier. It can only help those around you, including your loved ones, and your pets who you also love. Just do it. Please, just try it. Try it and comment how feel about it after having done it. See if it changes your life like it did for me. Yes, I did it and it changed me. It helped me in a positive way. So, I’m not a hypocrite, I’m a doer and a sharer and a believer that this can and will change your life. So, please just do it. Really though, just do it.

Live Happier, Healthier, Better

Live Happier, Healthier, Better
Live Happier, Healthier, Better

Toilet Poll

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    • neilcook profile imageAUTHOR

      Neil Cook 

      5 years ago from United States

      Haha! I love it guys. Thanks for chuckles and the kind words. You rock!

    • LongTimeMother profile image


      5 years ago from Australia

      I'm laughing. No pity. :)

      Voted up!

    • Mark Ewbie profile image

      Mark Ewbie 

      5 years ago from UK

      Nice style - like the pun intended please laugh comment. Good luck.

    • Cantuhearmescream profile image


      5 years ago from New York

      I'm just glad I didn't scare you! :D ... there are tons of awesome people here and with an attitude like yours, you'll do very well!

    • neilcook profile imageAUTHOR

      Neil Cook 

      5 years ago from United States

      Hahaa! I love it. Thank you so much for the feedback, I appreciate it. And also, thanks for the share and the warm welcome. I can't wait to meet more awesome hubbers like you!

    • Cantuhearmescream profile image


      5 years ago from New York


      Okay... I appreciate your point and message and I agree, but I'm laughing! Ha ha! I have some serious bathroom qualms myself! For one thing... I'm sick of falling in! That's usually the result of the double ups! Secondly, ick... those public bathrooms? I've gotten so scared about the bathrooms in public that I've become a professional hoverer and I catch myself doing it in my own home! Ha ha... I've got some awfully strong thighs though!

      This is great!

      Voting up and sharing... and welcome to the hub!



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