Using public restrooms is the ultimate fear of the average germaphobe. Fear of catching this flu or that infection would make you cringe at the idea of sharing a toilet with total strangers.
But sometimes situations arise when we unavoidably have to use the nearest restroom. Let's say you're at a friend's outdoor wedding, with portable restrooms being the nearest convenience, and you really have to go. You're feeling scared of catching something or, even worse, spreading it! You can choose from various sizes and configurations to meet your specific needs, whether expecting 50 or 500 guests. Check Viking Rental for more convenient portable restroom deals.
Put your mind at ease; I'll be sharing five tips to guarantee that your use of the portable restroom is as sanitary as possible for you and the other guests at the wedding.
Wash your hands.
You knew hand washing would be first on this list, didn't you? Washing your hands after using the portable restroom, or any restroom, is a sure-fire way to maintain hygiene. While singing any rhyme that lasts about 60 seconds, wash in between your fingers, under the nails, and gently under the cuticles. Wash as far as your forearm, and in the scenario where the soap has run out, use hand sanitizer. After using the restroom, it's essential to wash your hands thoroughly, treating them as if you've just left the king's thrones. These things are readily available at portable restrooms; if they are not, inform the wedding staff.
Try not to touch anything!
Limit touching anything in the restroom as much as possible. If you have to sit on the toilet, use a tissue to open the lid. I also place a sheet of tissue paper between myself and the toilet seat so I don't have to sit directly on it. Use tissue paper when you need to flush, and after flushing, close the lid immediately to keep the germs in. Try not to touch your face, mouth, or eyes before washing your hands. Avoid directly touching anything. When you're leaving the restroom, throw your tissue paper pseudo-glove (after closing the door with it) in a designated waste bin.
Whether it's just pee or you're doing number two, wiping properly can save you the risk of getting a UTI. Always wipe from front to back; in that way, you avoid introducing bacteria from the rectum into the urinary tract.
For the guys, dabbing yourself with tissue paper saves you from the embarrassment of having to go back to the wedding party with pee stains on your pants. Also, wipe the toilet seat in case you leave pee droplets on it. The next guest who has to sit on it will be grateful you did.
Always have a personal sanitary kit, just in case.
Have your own pack of disinfecting sanitary wipes, hand sanitizers, and a pocket hand soap or sanitizing spray just in case the one available runs out or some other inconvenience pops up. Though these scenarios are highly unlikely, they are probable, and it would be highly inconvenient if you had to be the one in that scenario. So have a backup plan! Carry your own little sanitary kit, just in case!
Lastly, try to maintain cleanliness at the portable restroom in your own little way. Dispose of your waste at the designated places; don't leave a mess in the restroom for the next guest to see; and report any messes or spills to the appropriate personnel in charge of the portable restrooms at the wedding.
Maintaining hygiene isn't only beneficial to you; it affects whoever you come into contact with as well.