Public toilet seats, to cover or not to cover?

If you’re like me, sitting on a public restroom toilet seat is kind of gross to think about, much less, to do it! I guess that’s why women hovering over the seat is an actual thing they do (I think?). But even as a man (as if we’re more tough or something?), I cringe at the thought of sitting on a toilet seat in a gas station, rest stop, restaurant… OK, let’s just say any toilet seat that isn’t my own. Side note: I have a bidet and it has…




There ain’t no bidets at the local Conoco, I’ll tell you that! Even if there was, can you imagine spraying gas station toilet water on your bum?

I digress. So how many of you do this when you are using a public toilet?


If there aren’t covers provided, I tear toilet paper into strips to make my own seat protector. There are certain toilets that I just can’t touch, you know?

Best case scenario: seat covers are provided, like this.


I’ll admit, sometimes I throw caution to the wind and sit directly on the seat but that’s only when some of these things are true:

  1. The building (restaurant, gas station, etc) is pretty clean
  2. The bathroom is REALLY clean
  3. There are less than 4 or 5 handwritten messages on the bathroom walls
  4. I’m OK dying of gonorrhea

Truth be told, the chances of catching anything from the seat are very, very small according to WebMD. So I guess now I’ll just go ahead and do this: I dare you to sit on a toilet seat the next time you have the chance. Do you accept the challenge?

Look at the bright side… by not using a cover, you’re helping reduce environmental waste 🙂

-Out of the Wilderness


Published by Ben Wilder

Since 2005, I've called Nashville home. I'm the leader of the pack, which includes an 13-year-old beagle and an 11-year-old blue heeler mix. My days include writing, video editing, and other fun activities. Thanks for checking out my blog, I hope you enjoy it!

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