Do you shut the toilet lid before flushing? (To be clear, Iโ€™m talking about the *lid*, not the seat.)

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@jwisser I did not until I had a partner who trained me to do so ๐Ÿ˜…

@harris I think about a decade or so back I read/saw an image about the plume that gets created anytime you flush, and I Made A Conscious Choice.

@harris there is hardly an occasion when i would open the lid

@harris ah, crap. Seat is down all the time and lid is down only when i need to put my towel on it to have it close to the shower. never before flushing

@juliana @harris istg I can sense that plume on a spiritual level every time I can hear that the lid was up when someone flushed

Like a pillar of fire rooted in my bathroom proclaiming "WASHING YOUR HANDS WILL NOT SAVE YOU FROM THESE GROSS SURFACES"

@cobalt @harris toilets made in the last 10-15 years tend to be designed to minimize it, but still

@juliana @cobalt whoa! I didnโ€™t know about newer toilets minimizing this

@harris I started because I lived someplace with an extraordinarily loud toilet, but now I feel validated learning about the way it can spread germs and viruses

You should all close the lid. The mist created when flushing contains lots of bacteria otherwise being inhaled...

@vgnpwr @harris not only inhaled but also settling down on every item in your bathroom, including toothbrushes and stuff like that ๐Ÿคข

@harris no bc I need to make sure **everything** got flushed down before someone else uses the bathroom.

@harris that being said I do it after flushing. Not before.

@harris I do and in fact this question made me realize that when my toilet wasn't flushing reliably I would shut the lid, flush, and then open it to make sure it flushed all the way ๐Ÿ˜…

@harris Always. Itโ€™s partly out of concern that bacteria could be projected upwards.

@harris For a large part of my day I'm in a setting where the toilets don't have lids, which makes it harder to form a habit of shutting the lid at home

@jwisser Weirdly the ones on twitter are inverted. Are twitter users more sanitary? ๐Ÿ˜ฑ

@harris Yes, because otherwise germs are sprayed into the air and can end up on your toothbrush, towels, flannel and what ever else you keep in the bathroom.

@harris ,I Voted ๐Ÿ—ณ No,

I Have Seen Science About It, Just Not A Habbit Undone Yet :/ :(

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