A series of images have been released to show how far bacteria is propelled when flushing the toilet without closing the lid.
Flushing your loo can produce thousands of microscopic aerosol droplets, which could contain a number of bacteria and viruses.
The strength of the flush could be so powerful, these droplets could contaminate areas and surfaces even up to six feet away - with toilet water also remaining contaminated for several flushes.
To highlight the risks of not keeping your lid closed when flushing the toilet, cleaning brand Harpic have used high-speed specialist camera technology to capture the droplets and particles leaving the toilet.
What appears to be colourful fireworks going off is actually aerosol droplets being catapulted out of the toilet pan, which in a different setting could be flying onto surfaces and even into the faces of those in the bathroom.
The research comes after 55 per cent of UK adults revealed they don't shut the lid when flushing the loo - and that's despite almost three-quarters (72 per cent) saying recent events have made them more hygiene aware than ever before.
A research and development associate at Harpic explained: "There has never been a more important time to take extra care around our homes, although the risks associated with germ spread in unhygienic bathrooms are high, the solution to keeping them clean is simple.
"As experts in hygiene, Harpic are on hand to help everyone stay safe at home.
"We hope our new #CloseTheLid campaign helps inspire people to make simple changes to their cleaning routine that can have long-lasting benefits to the health of the nation."
The news comes after 49 per cent of Brits revealed they are cleaning the toilet bowl more regularly, with 45 per cent now doing frequent deep cleans of their bathroom and 44 per cent mopping the floor on a scheduled basis in the last six months.
And, after now seeing the results of the study, 95 per cent of the survey's respondents have admitted they will always remember to close the lid after they're finished in the loo.
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