Nobody likes using a public toilet, but let’s face it, it’s pretty darn near impossible to avoid. There's no doubt a lot of people, myself included, who know the cleanest public restrooms to use in their neighborhood, but it’s still really gross when you think about it. So, when you are faced with the inevitable task of relieving yourself in a public place, what is your best bet for choosing the cleanest cubicle? Well, Dr. Oz thinks he has the answer.
The TV doc recently shared his thoughts during a Q&A on the medical advice forum Share Care, and it seems the best choice is probably the last one you think of. Apparently, Dr. Oz suggests always using the first stall in a restroom because most people tend to skip them for ones farther from the door for more privacy.
“Because the first stall is used least often, it contains the lowest bacteria levels,” he notes. “Instead of skipping the first stall, choose it to help avoid possible infections.”
But that answer may not always be true. Previous scientific research suggests that may be the right plan of action if you’re going to go in the ladies room, but for men it’s likely different, because men tend to use the first stall more often. For this reason, men should probably opt for the stall farthest from the door if they want the one that likely contains the least amount of germs.
Source: The Daily Mail