I’m not a germophobe, but I’ve always had a disgust for public restrooms, particularly the kind where they’re really available to the general public. This excludes restrooms that are only used by a handful of people…they tend to keep them pretty clean.
I’ve seen some pretty disgusting sights in places where a person figures that they’ll never have to go in there again, so why not shit all over the floor.
I don’t worry about coming into contact with germs anywhere else, but in a public restroom, I generally won’t touch anything and will even hold my breath before entering if I suspect it’s going to be really bad.
Anyway, in 34 years, I’ve avoided sitting on public toilet seats except for in one instance when I was on a non-stop cross country trip. I happened to find a really clean restroom in a truckstop and on top of it, they had the toilet seat liners. So I figured I’d better take the opportunity to do my business there.
This all leads up to: the toilet seat liner wasn’t tissue paper or anything like tissue paper. It was more like a really light waxed paper or even maybe plastic coated like those really thin plastic grocery bags. Obviously, it has to be somewhat waterproof in case there’s drops of something on the seat so those drops won’t soak through and get onto the user, but light enough that it won’t form a big wad in the plumbing and cause a clog. I wouldn’t want to use something like that on a residential type toilet, but those high-powered public toilets seem to be able to get just about anything down them. Also, as far as I could tell, the little flap is supposed to hang down in the back, not the front (the part that draws the whole thing down into the toilet when you flush). I think there was even instructions on the dispenser that showed a diagram.