Aibu to not line a public loo seat with tissue before using it?

(61 Posts)
Jenniferturkington Sat 17-Aug-19 13:24:44

So, after 15 years of marriage I’ve just discovered that DH puts tissues on the loo seat before using it. Now, if it’s a bit grim, I hover. However I have never done the lining thing.
His argument is he can’t hover to do a poo. And he’s worried about other people’s ‘sweaty arses’.
So who is being unreasonable? Am I minging? I’ve never caught any diseases from sweaty bum germs to the best of my knowledge.

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PotatoesPastaAndBread Sat 17-Aug-19 13:26:39

Highly conflicted about this

He lines the seat and you hover in your own home ?

What are you afraid of?

cubed123 Sat 17-Aug-19 13:29:24

A lot of people line loos with tissue paper but the official line is there’s no need as the material that loo seats are made of doesn’t really let bacteria grow so probably no need. I still do just because it makes me feel better about the loo seat grin

UserThenLotsOfNumbers Sat 17-Aug-19 13:29:35

Oh no, bum disease! Call 111!

NoHummus Sat 17-Aug-19 13:34:15

I have never done this. confused What a waste of loo roll!

dementedpixie Sat 17-Aug-19 13:36:25

I never do it and dont hover either. I check for visible pee or marks and wipe if necessary

Jenniferturkington Sat 17-Aug-19 13:37:56

Not in our own home- just public loos

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LemonPrism Sat 17-Aug-19 13:39:32

Yeah but then people leave the tissue on and that's way grosser - having to touch it.

Just wipe it and then go.

palahvah Sat 17-Aug-19 13:40:05

I have often done this, especially if it's one of those public toilets where there isn't actually a seat, just cold metal.

I recall an amusing Joan Rivers sketch about this.

HUZZAH212 Sat 17-Aug-19 13:40:32

I never understood the lining thing. Surely your hand ends up running the risk of touching the toilet seat to lift it? I'd rather my bum touched it than my hand.

LadyOfTheCanyon Sat 17-Aug-19 13:48:41

I never understand this as during the day you touch all sorts unknowingly. As long as you practice good handwashing after the loo and at other times during the day then all good, surely?
No one's arse has ever gone green and dropped off from sitting on a loo seat ( has it??)
If there's a drop of wee, I just wipe it off.

TeacherDeMFL Sat 17-Aug-19 13:49:54

Op, does it really matter?

Pipandmum Sat 17-Aug-19 13:53:39

I’m sure I’ve seen public toilets that have or oak toilet seat shaped tissue for just this scenario!
But no I just sit and wee (wouldn’t do the other unless truly desperate). Im still alive and infection free!
He should be more worried about the stall door handle!

transformandriseup Sat 17-Aug-19 14:02:27

I’ve never even done this while I was out of the home, I just shower regularly. My mum did this and she was obsessed with germs (wouldn’t hold a stair rail, door handle etc) I believe it added to my anxiety as a child.

sparkle90 Sat 17-Aug-19 14:13:16

The doorhandle to the loo probably harvests far more bacteria than the toilet seat. Especially when you consider that the backs of legs/bums are covered by clothing the majority of the time anyway...

Anotheruser02 Sat 17-Aug-19 14:17:20

I just don't get the toilet seat thing, hovering either. I do nothing during the day with the back of my legs, I just don't see how getting germs there can make me ill in any way. Carry anti bac gel and wash hands after plus gel on your way out if your overly worried.

EmeraldShamrock Sat 17-Aug-19 14:19:12

I have never used a public toilet to poo.
I'd never sit on a public toilet tissue covered or not.
I hover, trying not to breath in the awful public toilet smell.

Ispini Sat 17-Aug-19 14:25:14

I always have hand anti bac gel in my handbag so use it on some tissue and wipe down. Some public loos are gross so this works for me. Could never get my head around the ‘hoovering’ thing which is apparently not good for your bladder. I lived abroad in a developing country and everyone hovered, seemed a bit mad to me!

MyNewBearTotoro Sat 17-Aug-19 14:29:33

I’ve never lined the loo seat in any loo. I don’t imagine a tiny bit of tissue is going to offer great germ protection. The only bit that touches the loo seat is my bum and the back of thighs and I don’t really see how any germs on that area are likely to cause problems compared to faffing bout touching loo paper and probably the seat with my hands; lining the seat means twice as long in the loo and seems more likely to lead to touching germs than just quickly sitting on the loo.

LadyOfTheCanyon Sat 17-Aug-19 14:32:31

The ridiculous thing is that it's the hoverers who are pissing on the bloody seats. The irony!

Cheeserton Sat 17-Aug-19 14:33:10

It's utterly pointless putting tissue down. It's both porous and absorbent.

sincethereis Sat 17-Aug-19 14:34:18

OMG not lining a public bathroom is kind of revolting. :/

Soontobe60 Sat 17-Aug-19 14:35:07

I'm completely phobic about using public toilets and will only do so if I'm absolutely desperate. My legs are too short for me to hover 🤣. If the seat was noticeably damp I'd wipe it with loo roll first. Any sign of a skid mark and I can't use the loo anyway 🤷🏼‍♀️

FiveLittlePigs Sat 17-Aug-19 14:35:50

So? Does he try to tell you how you should use the toilet? hmm

FiveLittlePigs Sat 17-Aug-19 14:37:19

I can't use public toilets anyway because I'm worried about the toilet seat being splashed with urine from seat hoverers. wink

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