The 19th of November marks World Toilet Day, a United Nations campaign to raise awareness of the health and economic problems developing countries face without proper sanitation.
Many great things have happened whilst sitting on the toilet (huge musical artists have written their hits in there, screenwriters have gotten their golden ideas, etc). There is no denying that toilets are a magical realm for meditation, inspiration and well, the most often basic of human needs. It’s time to take a look at ten of the most interesting facts and hacks regarding a toilet.
How many months in a lifetime is spent on the toilet?
Most people would not think twice about the amount of time they spend on the toilet, but a recent study concluded that the average person spends approximately three months over the course of their lifetime sat on the toilet.
The more features your phone has, the longer you spend on the toilet
There is no better time to catch up on emails or update your Facebook status than when on the toilet, and a recent survey has found that the more features your phone has, the longer you will spend on the toilet. Be cautious though, a mobile phone contains 18x more bacteria than a toilet handle when exposed in a bathroom!
You’ll receive a fine of $150 for not flushing in this country!
Internationally renowned for their cleanliness and hygiene levels, Singapore has enforced a law whereyby you receive a $150 fine if you fail to flush after using the toilet. It’s completely normal to see police officers regularly patrolling public toilets across the country.
Men are washing their hands less than women after using the toilet!
Whether this should come to you as a surprise or not, scientists at the London School of Hygiene found that only 32% of men wash their hands after using the toilet, compared to 62% of women. Remember, in order to kill all of the bacteria on your hands, you need to wash them under soapy water for approximately 20-30 seconds.
How much water could you save if you only flushed once per day?
We’ve all heard the saying “if it’s yellow let it mellow, if it’s brown flush it down” but can limiting your flushes really save you money? The average person defecates about once per day, and if that were the only occasion you flushed, it would equal 584 gallons of water, saving 2,190 gallons.
Why you should definitely close the toilet seat when flushing!
This simple maneuver can prevent the spreading of germs and help keep your bathroom bacteria down. Leaving the lavatory lid up can allow a cloud of bacteria to explode into the air, settling on nearby surfaces, including towels, flannels and, more worryingly, toothbrushes up to ten meters away.
How to find the cleanest cubicle in a public toilet
Public urinals are rarely well maintained, but according to a research study, you can easily find the cleanest toilet in a public space, if you remember that the first toilet cubicle in a row, is the least used and thus the cleanest of them all.
How many times does the average Brit use the toilet each day?
Perhaps it’s all the tea we drink or an easy excuse to have a snoop on Facebook, but a recent study has found that the average Briton uses the toilet up to 8 times a day, or around 2500 times a year.
What percentage of Brits flush the toilet while sitting on it?
Perhaps it’s laziness or that some view it as being more practical and hygienic during the cleaning up process, but a recent survey found that as many as one-third of Britons flush the toilet while still being sat on it, risking double the amount of bacteria being transferred.
Why the bathroom isn’t the most dirty room in your home
Typically, more effort goes into cleaning the bathroom than any other room in an average home, and this would explain why the bathroom is one of the cleanest places in a household. Due to the smooth and cold ceramics, bacteria is unable to survive for a long period of time. Surprisingly, the dirtiest place in your home is in fact the kitchen sink, with up to 10,000 bacteria per square metres, 1,250 more than a toilet.