Fox News – I think it’s safe to say that this is about to be the grossest thing you’ll read all day.
Because if you don’t close that toilet lid when you flush, a lot of unfriendly bacteria is going to spray all over your bathroom. And no, this is not a joke.
The specific act is called “toilet plume aerosols,” which occurs during flushing.
When the toilet contains feces or vomit, the flush can produce potentially infectious aerosols that will live in your bathroom for hours.
Here are the specifics: When you flush, some fraction of the aerosol droplets produced could contain microbes.
These pathogens can actually survive on surfaces for weeks or even months.
So for future reference, you may want to start closing the lid when you flush. Especially if that toilet is anywhere close to your toothbrush.