Two recent postings debated bathroom fans, odors and germs. One poster
was correct in identifying bathroom fans as "ventilation fans." (which
are installed to remove moisture, not toilet odors). He was also
correct in stating that the ventilation fan will not pull odors or
germs from the toilet bowl, although this should be checked before
making a definitive statement. When a toilet is flushed a plume of
germs and odors is spewed over 6 feet into the air where a ventilation
fan will have some affect. The germs float through the air and land
on counters, towels, tissues, faucets and toothbrushes where they can
live for up to several days. (This is based on scientific research
from at least 2 sources.) Germs found in toilet bowls include
Hepatitis A, Norwalk Virus, Fecal Coliform, Salmonella and others.
Norwalk Virus is the cause of "Sick Ship Syndrome" and has caused
hospitalizaion and emergency surgery in some cases. A device that
vacuums odors and germs from the toilet bowl would help control the
spread of diseases. Eliminating the embarrassment caused by odors
would be an added bonus.
Yea. Of course I have yet to see a study that indicates that they make
the room less safe than other rooms. In fact the only study I have seen
indicated that there was no measurable difference.
Manufacturers create the impression of doom and sell products to protect
you from it.
There's this show on Discovery, It's called Myth. http://tinyurl.com/td0l
They did a show about toothbrushes and fecal bacteria (episode 12)... They
strung toothbrushes throughout a bathroom in all possible locations. In the
end, all the toothbrushes tested positive for bacteria... Even the "control"
toothbrush that they had kept outside of the bathroom covered 24 hours a
No pun intended..
I know that this can be done, but it would be costly to install, and to
maintain. I am thinking of installing an Ultraviolet forced air sterilizer
system for the toilet area. The installation would be something like the air
sterilizer that is used in the food industry for their large food and
solution storage tanks. These systems are very expensive, but may be
something to consider, since our health is effected.
How safe were (are?) privies? If they are totally safe, get rid of your
fancy toilet and build an outhouse. If they were unsafe, how did we
survive millions of years without toilets? We are a wealthy society indeed
when we have time to sit around worrying about how many angels can dance on
the head of a pin.
Best come-back I've seen! The human has had to deal with natural body
eliminations since the beginning of mankind. And guess what! We're still
here! Clean the bathroom regularly and teach everyone good hygiene and live
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