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Test Your Washroom Knowledge with our Ultimate Toilet Quiz

If you’re a regular Bunzl Cleaning & Hygiene Supplies blog reader then you’ll know that we’re a fountain of washroom knowledge – from our infographic on the truth about workplace washrooms, to our coverage of the most exciting new washroom technology to revolutionise your WC.

And most recently we’ve talked about the importance of observing World Toilet Day, and have been flushed with excitement about the Loo of the Year Awards – but is your washroom-related trivia equally as thorough?

Ultimate Toilet Quiz

We’ve created this light-hearted (but tricky!) quiz to test your knowledge on toilet facts, and raise a smile around this sometimes unpleasant subject. You may even learn something important too; take our quiz now and share your results with us in the comments below!

 Three things everyone should know about cleaning toilets

Now that you’ve tested your knowledge about toilets, we’ll share some important facts about toilet cleanliness and a very important tip on unblocking toilets without a plunger.

1.Toilet seats aren’t as germ-infested as you think

While we should pay special attention to toilets and toilet seats to keep them clean and sanitised, you may be surprised to learn that they probably aren’t the dirtiest thing in your building – or even in your washroom. Bathroom fittings retailer Plumbworld revealed several everyday items that are dirtier than a toilet seat, which included your smartphone, your computer keyboard, light switches, lift buttons, handbags, and most worryingly, the tap handles in your washroom. That is, of course, unless you pay special attention to keeping all of these items squeaky clean with professional washroom cleaning products that tackle the most stubborn bacteria.

2. You should always put down the toilet lid when flushing

Do you usually leave up the lid when flushing the toilet? After reading this rather horrifying fact, you’ll never forget to put down the lid again. Scientific studies have found that the water spray from a flushing toilet can travel up to six feet across the room – and that includes whatever else is in the spray too. We’ll leave that to your imagination. That’s a particularly worrying thought when you consider our home washrooms, where our toothbrushes are often kept on the sink next to the toilet. So next time you flush, keep it contained!

3. It may be possible to unblock a toilet without a plunger

Especially in busy washrooms, toilet blockages happen, and in the worst cases you may need to call in the professionals to tackle the problem. However there are ways you can attempt to unblock the toilet yourself before having to pick up the phone – to call the specialists, not to use for unblocking – even if you don’t have a plunger available. Of course, a plunger should always be the first resort when considering unblocking a toilet, but in its absence you can try adding a moderate amount of a surfactant product such as washing up liquid or high-foaming handwash to the bowl, which will help to ‘lubricate’ the blockage. Follow this by pouring hot (but NEVER boiling) water down the bowl, of course ensuring that the toilet does not overflow, and then leave to allow the surfactant to get to work.


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As we’ve always mentioned, this isn’t the ideal way to deal with a blockage, but it’s always good to know how to unblock a toilet without a plunger in the case of an emergency.

Do you have any favourite toilet facts or tips on toilet and washroom cleanliness that you’d like to share with us? We would love to hear them, so leave us a comment below, and tell us how you scored on our tricky toilet quiz too.

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