Women and mothers with young children frequently use public toilet facilities during their visits to restaurants, shopping centres, cafes, parks, gyms, sporting fields, airports, hotels and on aircraft during travel. In fact 98% of Australian women need to use public toilets several times a week and most mothers use public toilets with their young children daily.
Many women and mothers worry about the germs that they and their families can catch when using public toilets and this causes them stress, frustration and wastes precious time.
It is not uncommon to hear a mother in the next cubicle pleading with their desperate child to wait and hold while mummy frantically covers the toilet seat with toilet tissue so that their child can sit on the toilet.
In 2010 Mojo Concepts undertook a survey of 655 Australian Women about public toilet hygiene.
70% of women feared catching germs from using public toilets.
40% of these women would only sit on a public toilet seat if they covered it with toilet tissue.
Most would agree that having to use a public toilet is something we have to do quite often, if not daily. Would we rather just go at home? Well obviously, but that’s not always possible.
When you do have to use one, you usually enter without thinking about how much you really hate to use them. Until of course you get a peek at the state of the toilets and all those bits of toilet paper lying on the floor, wet spots and dirty marks on the toilet seat.
With the cooler months approaching and flu season knocking at your door there are some easy ways to help your family stay healthy this year.
Did you know the Influenza Virus can survive on a nonporous surface for 24-48 hours and Rhinovirus (the common cold) can survive up to 7 days? Noroviruses (the most common cause of gastroenteritis – hello diarrhoea and vomiting) can survive up to 12 days on surfaces such as carpets according to the World Health Organization (WHO).
So with that in mind what are the best ways to help prevent illness?
Do you have travel plans these holidays? Plan ahead and be prepared so that your holiday is stress free, healthy and super organised so you can enjoy your long anticipated trip.
We all know how easy it is to get sick when travelling. Public transport is riddled with lots of germs and viruses due to the high use of surfaces and limited hygiene opportunities for travellers. Surfaces used frequently by the public like seat belts, toilets, buttons and touch screens provide an easy opportunity for germs to be transferred. The last thing you want when trying to enjoy your trip is a family gastro outbreak or the flu.