Bacteria free surface: Toilets in the news

A new antimicrobial coating is being tested to keep toilets on the International Space Station free of bacteria. The silver- and ruthenium-based antimicrobial coating was developed by Elisabeth Grohmann of Beuth University of Applied Sciences Berlin and is credited with an 80 percent reduction in bacteria levels. Read more.

Consumers choose where to do business based on how clean restrooms are, says a new study. The Bradley Corporation’s annual Healthy Hand Washing Survey shows 64 percent of consumers “make a conscious decision to choose a business based on the fact that it has cleaner, well-maintained restrooms.” Read more.

An airline passenger shocked followers on Twitter by posting a video of her licking an airline toilet. The woman reports that the stunt made her tongue go numb. Read more.

A small German town that accidentally ordered a 12-year supply of toilet paper in 2006 has finally used the last roll. Read more.

New York’s mayor is advising residents on what they are allowed to flush down the toilet. Allowed: Poop, pee, vomit and toilet paper. Not allowed: Everything else. Read more. Related: Can I flush paper towels down the toilet? and Can I flush tampons down the toilet?

A Fort Lauderdale man found an iguana crawling in his toilet. The fire department responded to help fish out the reptile. Read more.

China is warning consumers about the risk of shock from poorly made smart toilet seats, which provide heated seats and warm water rinses. Inspectors found some of the seats made in China did not have proper safeguards. Read more.

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