How Dirty Are Public Restrooms, Really? | Live Science


Ah, spring — time to get out of the house and be on the go. But when you’re out and really have to, you know, go, is that rest-stop bathroom the place to do it?

Yep. Public toilets might get a little grimy, but they’re very unlikely to pose any threat to your health. Most bacteria that could be any danger to people perish quickly on barren bathroom surfaces. And a functioning immune system (plus hand washing!) will stave off most of the rest.

“The restroom isn’t that dangerous,” said Jack Gilbert, a microbiologist at Argonne National Laboratory in Illinois. “The organisms which can grow there have a very low probability of being able to cause an infection.”

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