Going To The Bathroom: Proof You're Doing It All Wrong

These restroom facts won't make you rest easy. Here's how zillions of germs are joining your entourage.

You visit it 8-10 times per day. You do some of your best thinking, reading and relaxing there. It's your inner sanctum, your spiritual sanctuary. You may fancy yourself porcelain throne aristocracy, but we have some unfortunate news for your heiny-ness: You're doing the bathroom all wrong.

And you're not the only one. Here are the most important ways our society fails to properly potty train us...

You poop while sitting down

Yes, we realize this is your you time and all you want to do is take a seat and relax, but pooping in a traditional seated position is not actually ideal, according to many researchers, who recommend that you squat instead, with your thighs toward your stomach. This creates the proper amount of pressure in your abdomen, which essentially allows you to expel the maximum amount of poop, and may reduce problems such as constipation and hemorrhoids.

You wash your hands too quickly (or not at all)

According to the American Society for Microbiology, one-third of Americans don't wash their hands after using the bathroom. Seriously?!

This is an easy and (almost) free means of preventing disease, but even those of us who do wash our hands are probably not doing it for long enough. In order for hand-washing to be effective, lather soap onto both sides of your hands and under your nails for a full 20 seconds (or as long as it takes to sing "Happy Birthday" twice), the CDC recommends. Make a wish that you don't catch somebody's nasty virus!

You bring your suitcase in the stall at the airport

Frequent travelers will be disheartened to learn that airport bathrooms are among the dirtiest and most germ-ridden places known to researchers. In 2007, a microbiologist from the University of Arizona found that 30% of airplane lavatories had E. Coli all over the place.

Among the filthiest parts of airport (and any) bathrooms? The floor. Bringing your luggage into the stall with you may seem like the easiest option when sneaking in a quick pee while on a layover, but when at all possible, have someone else watch your bags and avoid bringing home a souvenir of the pathogen kind.

You use the stall farthest from the door

If you walk away from the bathroom entrance towards the most "remote" stall, you are not alone -- and this is the problem. Most people employ this strategy, which is why the stall closest to the door actually tends to have the least amount of germs.

You hover while peeing (ladies, we're talking to you)

Any human of the female persuasion is all too familiar with the devastating sensation of sitting down to urinate, only to realize that you've just landed cheeks-first into a layer of urine spray.

Squatting over the toilet may be a good idea when you poop, as we mentioned earlier, but it unfortunately could be hindering your ability to fully urinate. A 2005 study of British women found that "85% usually crouched over the toilet when using a public [restroom]," which made them urinate 21% less on average and may impact the bladder's ability to function properly.

You stand by the toilet while flushing

Standing too close to the bowl while it flushes may put you right in the line of fire for a fine mist of fecal matter, according to the director of clinical microbiology at New York University Medical Center. For this reason, it's best to flush and run.

You check your phone on the toilet

Nothing that's trending on Twitter or loading onto your Instagram feed can possibly be worth the hotbed of infectious germs that you're inviting to the party when you use your phone as bathroom reading material. A Wall Street Journal investigation found that randomly selected smartphones had between "2,700 and 4,200 units of coliform bacteria [indicating fecal contamination]," whereas for "drinking water, the limit is less than 1 unit per 100 ml..."

Let's face it, snooping on your ex's new booty call can wait 'til after you wipe your own booty.

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