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Public Bathroom Basics

Test your smarts about where germs lurk in public bathrooms -- and the best ways to avoid them.

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Public Bathroom Basics
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Question 1 of 20 Correct

Which of these is the dirtiest place in the bathroom?

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The correct answer is: The toilet paper dispenser has about 150 times the bacteria as the toilet seat, which contains about 334 bacteria per square inch.

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Question 2 of 20 Correct

Where should you put your purse when using the restroom?

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The correct answer is: Hang your purse on the coat hook on the back of the stall door. While the toilet paper dispenser may be the dirtiest place, the floor isn't clean enough for you to place your purse on it. Keep your bags up and off the ground.

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Question 3 of 20 Correct

How is bacteria passed?

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The correct answer is: All of the above are ways bacteria can be shared. Germs and bacteria can be passed from person to person directly, through the air or on a surface touched by both parties. That's why the toilet isn't the only germy place in a bathroom. Door handles, counters, knobs, even soap dispensers can host plenty of germs.

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Question 4 of 20 Correct

What's the best way to avoid germs while getting in and out of a bathroom stall?

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The correct answer is: Carry a paper towel with you into the stall. Use it to open the stall, lock it, flush the toilet and then reopen the stall. Use the same paper towel to turn on the sink faucet, too.

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Question 5 of 20 Correct

Which of these is the best way to dry your hands?

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The correct answer is: After you wash your hands, reach for a paper towel and dry your hands thoroughly. Research has found that rubbing hands dry with paper towels is the best way to get them germ-free.

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Question 6 of 20 Correct

True or false: Hot-air hand dryers use sterilized air to dry your hands.

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The correct answer is: This is false. Hot-air hand dryers are using unsterilized bathroom air to dry your hands. You could just be blowing germy bathroom air back onto your hands when you use one of these.

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Question 7 of 20 Correct

If you must use the hand dryers, how long should you leave your hands under the blower to dry?

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The correct answer is: Some bathrooms only offer the hot-air hand dryers. If you're in a bathroom like that, hold your hands, palm side up, under the blower for at least 30 seconds. Longer is better. Don't rub your hands together and resist the temptation to wipe them on your jeans or shirt.

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Question 8 of 20 Correct

True or false: You can catch a sexually-transmitted infection from a public toilet seat.

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The correct answer is: This is false. The organisms that cause sexually-transmitted infections do not live on toilet seats long enough to cause a problem.

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Question 9 of 20 Correct

Which method of cleaning your hands kills the most germs?

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The correct answer is: Don't bother picking up expensive anti-bacterial hand sanitizers. Research shows the best way to clean your hands is with old-fashioned soap and water. Sanitizers are good if you ever find yourself unable to get to a bathroom but the gel needs to be at least 60 percent alcohol and you need to rub your hands together for a minimum of 20 seconds for the gel to be effective.

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Question 10 of 20 Correct

When washing your hands, what song can you sing to yourself to ensure you're washing them long enough?

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The correct answer is: Sing "Happy Birthday" twice to guarantee you wash your hands for a minimum of 15 to 20 seconds.

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Question 11 of 20 Correct

True or false: You should wash your hands in cold water because it kills germs.

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The correct answer is: This is false. Use warm water--the warmest you can stand--and a mild soap to wash your hands. Also remember to wash your wrists, between your fingers and under your fingernails.

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Question 12 of 20 Correct

Which type of soap is more effective at killing germs?

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The correct answer is: Regular hand soap is just as effective at killing germs as antibacterial soap. Plus, research suggests using antibacterial soap may cause bacteria that are resistant to antimicrobial agents to develop. That can make killing germs harder in the future.

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Question 13 of 20 Correct

Using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer will reduce your risk of getting sick from germs you pick up in public bathrooms by how much?

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The correct answer is: No soap in the dispenser? Pack an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. Using it will reduce your chance of getting sick by 50 percent.

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Question 14 of 20 Correct

Which bathroom stall is the least germy?

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The correct answer is: Many people tend to skip the first stall in the bathroom and choose one farther away from the entrance. That's why the first stall is often the least used--and likely the least germy.

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Question 15 of 20 Correct

In a hotel bathroom, what's the dirtiest thing?

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The correct answer is: The germiest place in a hotel bathroom can be the courtesy water glasses that are left on the bathroom sink. Many times, these are never washed and are only wiped down with a germ-covered towel between guests. Bring your own cup or ask the front desk for a fresh, plastic-wrapped cup when you arrive.

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Question 16 of 20 Correct

True or false: All germs die within 30 seconds of being transferred to a new surface.

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The correct answer is: This is false. Some germs die quickly, even as soon as they are no longer in contact with a human. Others can fly through the air or pass from surface to surface and live without human contact for an extended period of time.

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Question 17 of 20 Correct

What should you use to open the bathroom door?

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The correct answer is: When you can, avoid touching the bathroom door with your hand. Use a paper towel, your elbow, your hip or any other item to prevent your hand from coming into contact with the door or door handle.

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Question 18 of 20 Correct

Which of these steps should you take when using a bathroom on a plane?

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The correct answer is: The answer is all of the above. Airplane bathrooms are some of the germiest places around, so if you have to go, take extra precautions.

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Question 19 of 20 Correct

True or false: Public toilet seats are relatively safe.

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The correct answer is: This is true. Despite our fears, toilet seats are relatively safe. However, if you feel most comfortable putting down a paper toilet cover every time you use a public restroom, go ahead--it won't do any harm.

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Question 20 of 20 Correct

True or false: It's OK to use your cell phone in a public restroom.

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The correct answer is: Don't use a call from Mother Nature as a time to make a phone call. Research shows our cell phones are one of the germiest things we touch all day. Many of them are contaminated with fecal bacteria due to poor hand washing or contact with germy surfaces in a bathroom. So keep your cell phone tucked away. The call--and the germs--can wait.

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