Do Toilet Seat Covers Work?


What are toilet seat covers?

For those who don’t know what toilet seat covers are, they’re basically disposable plastic or foam sheets that snap up on the toilet seat. They’re small enough to be practically invisible so they won’t bother people sitting on the toilet. They are also transparent and thin enough that people can see what’s going on even if they’re on the toilet.

Why use toilet seat covers?

One of the reasons people use toilet seat covers is to prevent bacteria and germs from spreading around the bathroom or in general. I actually have a blog called “The Bathroom” where I talk about how to keep it clean. Basically, if a toilet seat cover is put on correctly, it will prevent germs from getting on your hands. Toilet seat covers are also useful for people who are physically incapable of cleaning their own hands after going to the bathroom.


Final Thoughts

Toilets are notorious for creating an easy path for people to catch things and spread them around. This is especially true in public bathrooms. If you have a hard time keeping your toilet lid open after using it, try placing a piece of tissue or paper under the lid to keep germs away.

However, you should still avoid putting toilet seat covers on public toilets unless you really know what you’re doing. You might want to have your own private bathroom with running water just in case someone needs it and will use it.

Arthur C. Jackson Arthur C. Jackson is the resident handyman and toilet expert for Drawing from his experience, he tends to focus on how he can help the consumer.

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How Do Automatic Toilet Seat Covers Work?

The best public restroom toilet covers are touchless. With paper covers, you have to touch them and place by hand. Sometimes poorly designed dispensers allow more than one cover to slide out and onto the floor, where there is a good chance they will be left there or worse, someone might just try to flush them all.

Plastic toilet covers for public restrooms remove that concern, but some systems operate by push button or a sensor and are still dependent on the user to dispense these covers. Brill Hygienic Products, Inc. removed this problem by designing their system to rotate when the user stands.


  • You can also fight bacteria and the spread of germs by keeping clean after you use the bathroom. Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water, avoid touching the door handle when you leave the bathroom, and use hand sanitizer throughout the day to kill germs.

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