Bathroom Case Study

Real-Life Experiment

How Much Bacteria are Lurking in a Public Toilet?

Public bathrooms are commonly perceived to be unhygienic places – a perhaps lack of thorough cleaning coupled with many people using them (often with some questionable hygiene habits!) means that the humble toilet is often regarded as one of the dirtiest objects around.

But how true is this common perception? The BioCote® Team swabbed all items in a public restroom to understand how much bacteria were lurking there.

After the bathroom had a full days use, our team of microbiologists swabbed all the items in it. The resulting swabs were then processed in the laboratory and counted to find out how contaminated each item was.

The only item in the study to have no bacteria recovered from it (in other words, the one that was the most hygienic!) was the BioCote® protected Deb soap dispenser – even though it is manufactured for use before people wash their hands.

So how contaminated was the toilet? Well it was not the most contaminated item – far from it. Instead the sink was the most contaminated, with an astonishing 50,000 bacteria being recovered from it.

To find out more about other how the other items in the public bathroom fared, download our case study.

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Antimicrobial additives are extremely diverse and control microbes via many different means. When used in the manufacture of products they create surfaces and materials inhospitable to microbes such as bacteria and mould. Find out more about how BioCote® additives work.

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