What’s Lurking on the Toilet Seat? : Toilet Plume and Public Restrooms

While 80 percent of people regularly use public restrooms (Bradley Corp Survey), Facility Managers report that restrooms remain the hardest facility area to clean and maintain (2021 CMM In-House/Facility Management Survey). Just the thought of dirty toilets alone is enough to give us the heebie-jeebies! But, what’s worse is the exposure to toilet plume. Toilet plume is basically an aerosol of “biomatter” sprayed into the air when the toilet is flushed. Research shows that toilet plume plays a role in spreading gastrointestinal and respiratory illnesses.

How do we know if a toilet is actually clean when we don’t witness it being disinfected? How many other people have used it since it’s been cleaned? The fact is, we typically have no idea!

toilet plume infographic

That’s why AeroWest provides AlcoCleanse, a toilet seat sanitizer, for public restrooms. We install dispensers in each stall so the customer can quickly disinfect the toilet seat before they sit down. It’s shown to kill up to 99% of germs.


Why You Should Sanitize Before You Sit

  • Epidemiologic studies implicate toilet plumes in disease outbreaks within public spaces
  • The Journal of Applied Microbiology reported that toilet plume is known to be a source of transmission of infectious organisms such as Legionnaires’ disease, E. coli, Ebola virus, norovirus, Shigella, Salmonella, SARS, and COVID-19
  • Toilet plume can reach 3-5 feet in the air
  • Sequential flushes following an intial contamination causes the these aersosols to accumulate in the air
  • Contaminated aerosols can be inhaled or touched causing infection
  • Coronavirus can be detecting in feces up to a month after the illness had passed & we now know its possible to get COVID-19 from toilet plume

No More Hovering Above the Toilet Seat

With AlcoCleanse, you won’t ever have to hover above the toilet seat or get caught making toilet paper barriers before you sit!

Get AlcoCleanse & Provide a More Sanitary Restroom Experience

Call AeroWest at 225-302-5570 or e-mail info@aerowest.com. Full-service available.

Check out our odor control products and  additional hygiene services.

AeroWest is woman-owned business based in Baton Rouge, LA, servicing all across the U.S.! We’re happy to help with all of your restrooms & air care needs.