The Function of a Toilet Seat & Lid is to Protect the Users

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There’s one thing you cannot not use every day. In fact, you’ve probably ran to it a couple of times in the period of 24 hours.

Probably sat on it in the middle of the night too, after a fiery hot Mala steamboat session.

Yes, it’s the humble yet useful toilet and its very own toilet seat.

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But wait, did you know that the toilet seat has got its very own purpose? Well, apart from the fact that you sit on it while you do your business lah.

Here’s what you wish you knew yesterday.

It’s to Keep You Safe from Germs…If It’s Used Correctly

Yup, you read that right. The toilet seat is designed to fit along the toilet bowl, and to keep things sanitary. It’s even got a lid.

Think about it for a minute. The toilet is usually shared with a bunch of people (like your office toilet, or even the one at home). Thanks to that, it’s become a place that’s a harbour of sorts for different kinds of bacteria. This can sometimes happen thanks to people who use the toilet carelessly.

The toilet seat’s function is to protect you from what’s inside the bowl – things like stray urine the toilet bowl (esp if it’s a co-ed toilet and you know how people miss their mark and all).

You see, the correct way to use a toilet bowl for a guy is to lift up the seat, so even if he’s a bobo shooter, the toilet bowl is still clean (okay, to some extent) if the seat is brought back down.

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So, given the right usage, its function is amazingly great. Almost like the second best invention after air-con.

Too bad people who invented the toilet bowl forgot about one thing: guys are lazy creatures who think they can aim well.

Now, if you’re lucky, the toilet you’re about to use is cleaned before you’re going to use it. This will help control the transfer of dangerous things like bacteria and other types of vectors.

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But What About the Lid?

Ha, here’s one thing you confirm wouldn’t have heard. The toilet lid is used to keep the toilet safe when it’s not being used.

This helps reduce the risk of bacteria or even animals getting into the toilet and thriving further. I mean, imagine if you wanted to pang sai badly and when you get into the toilet, you see a rat floating in the toilet bowl.

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NASTY stuff!

Some public toilets comes without lids, and this is mostly because of its heavy use. I mean, when there’s a large number of people queuing to use the bathroom (especially when it’s after a movie at the cinema), it really doesn’t make sense to have a toilet cover.

Other Added Uses

Toilet seats in houses and apartments (why, even HDB flats!) have proven to have more than one purpose.

We ladies are known to sit on it while we paint our toe nails (it gives us a pretty good angle) or even to shave our legs (no better way to get it done!).

Whatever its use is for, apart from, of course, making your toilet process a comfy one, the primary reason for any toilet having a seat is to ensure that you don’t have to worry about germs getting stuck to your bum while you use the toilet.

It’s all about being hygienic and sanitary, and well, everything else takes the back seat!

Now, after reading this, won’t you look at toilet bowls differently? #toiletexpert

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