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Should you hover or cover? Science explains the surprising truth about toilet seats

There are actually household items a lot dirtier than your toilet ...


Sarah Gray
June 18, 2014 5:50PM (UTC)

It is time for a bit of toilet talk -- toilet safety talk.

Many of us have probably encountered a fair share of questionable restrooms. And with that comes a choice: Do I hold it and find a cleaner alternative? Squat? Coat the toilet seat in toilet paper or those handy seat covers? Or just say to heck with it and sit? (Sometimes you just have to go!)

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This all boils down to, will I catch a disease from a toilet seat?

Well, the folks at AsapSCIENCE have an answer that might surprise you. Watch below:


Sarah Gray

Sarah Gray is an assistant editor at Salon, focusing on innovation. Follow @sarahhhgray or email sgray@salon.com.

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