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HOW TO SURVIVE A PUBLIC RESTROOM

February 14, 2019

HOW TO SURVIVE A PUBLIC RESTROOM

Some people would do anything to avoid visiting a public restroom. As disgusting as they can be, though, these public stalls are a necessary evil. Even the most stage-fright-prone individuals among us have had to navigate these trenches from time to time. Fortunately, there are ways to keep the experience from ruining your day—not to mention your health and sanity. Here are some tips on how to survive your next trip to a public restroom. 

Practice your squatting technique. 
For some reason or another, the toilet seats in public stalls are never without some form of moisture, residue, or other unpleasantness. If no seat covers are provided, you're going to have to contribute to the issue by squatting, rather than sitting (the resultant splashing is usually what causes the droplets you're seeing—or so you should hope). 

While this is generally more of an issue for the ladies, we won't pretend that anyone's exempt. Get those quads in fighting shape, and your skin might never need to make contact with a public toilet seat again. 

Perfect the art of the hand wash. 
You've probably heard that one of the best ways to combat germs is to sing "Happy Birthday" twice while washing your hands. If it looks like it's been a while since the restroom had its last cleaning, feel free to go ahead and add in a third chorus. 

Don't forget to use plenty of hand soap, as well (see the next tip for more on this subject), and make sure your hands are thoroughly dry before you leave. Use a paper towel when exiting, so you don't have to touch the doorknob and ruin the good work you've just put in. 

Bring your own soap. 
When you're at home, you probably use an organic, cruelty-free soap with little to no chemical residue. So why would you scrub away that practice just because you're on the road? The hand soap found in public restrooms is often harsh and loaded with precisely the kinds of chemicals you're trying to avoid. 

Carry a travel-size bottle of your chosen product, and use it instead of whatever's in the dispenser (which, by the way, is likely crawling with germs anyway). Follow the steps described in "Perfect the art of the hand wash," above. 

You don't have to be a germophobe or a cleaning guru to appreciate the importance of good bathroom protocol. If everyone followed these steps, public restrooms would be a great deal more appealing.



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