How sanitary are the insides of public toilets?
March 17, 2011 9:07 AM Subscribe
Am I being germophobic about the public toilet in my office? (possibly gross details within)
posted by anonymous to health & fitness (22 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I recently moved from working in a smaller office with a couple of private, one-person bathrooms to a corporate building with hundreds of employees and a single public bathroom on my floor with several urinals and stalls. They're busy bathrooms. I have a nervous stomach and at least 2 or 3 times a week get severe stomach cramps and have to poop.
Here's my problem: I'm tall. When I sit down, my penis rests against the inside of the front of the bowl unless I push it down by hand. But it's hard to wipe up after and prevent it from touching the sides of the bowl accidentally. Plus, pushing it down by hand means it usually dips into the toilet water. Can't have that either.
Is having one's penis rest against the inside of a public toilet bowl (not the seat) a big deal? Am nervous about getting an STD or picking up an infection or anything else from the toilet. Is that likely? Typically, how clean is the inside of a public toilet? I've been trying to place a wad of toilet paper between it and the bowl, but that doesn't always work. What else should I do? Anything? Obviously I can't wash my junk in the sink after I exit the stall. Have considered carrying antibacterial wipes or gel to wipe up after, but would that be ridiculous and neurotic?