We've already seen a few questions about toilet hygiene but these styles of questions/myths more or less assume that toilet seats are the bottom of the hygienic barrel. Is this true?
To wit, I have personally heard the following places and objects compared to toilet seats in such a way as to lower the perceived hygienic status of the objects. If toilet seats aren't really that bad, than the usefulness of these comparisons is questionable.
- kitchen countertops,
- floors or walking around with bare feet,
- and so on.
With the goal of providing a baseline for toilet seat hygiene, how germy is the typical seat? How does this compare with regards to a typical standard of cleanliness?
To fit this topic into less subjective terms, here are three potential phrasings of the question:
- Compared with all other surfaces in a typical private residence, is a toilet seat above or below the average measure of hygienic quality?
- Compared with other publicly accessible surfaces, is a toilet seat in a public restaurant above or below the average hygienic quality?
- And the kicker: How do public gas station toilet seats fare against other gas station surfaces?