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Questions tagged [toilets]

A sanitation fixture used primarily for the disposal of human excrement and urine.

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Does placing a fly on a urinal improve cleanliness in men's toilets?

Recently Richard Thaler won the Nobel Prize for Economics for his "Nudge" Theory. Pretty much every news agency (in the UK at least) has chosen to explain his theory by using the "Fly on a Urinal" ...
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Are objects such as towels, bank notes, carpets, shopping trolleys and light switches dirtier than a toilet seat?

Are objects such as towels, bank notes, carpet, shopping trolleys and light switches listed in blogs such as these and these really dirtier than an average toilet seat since Dr Chuck Gerba, professor ...
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Does defecating while sitting cause more strain than squatting?

This commercial1 from "Squatty Potty" claims that evacuating stool in a seated position is suboptimal for humans because we have a muscle that partially pinches the colon when seated. They claim that, ...
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Can straining to defecate be lethal?

Elvis Presley and Don Simpson famously died going to the loo. However, both were heavy drug users, which was in both cases determined to have been the cause of death. However, this hasn't stopped ...
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Is toilet paper roll orientation related to personality?

According to Over or under? The science of toilet paper orientation and Over or under? The great toilet paper debate ... some studies suggest that the answer is more than coincidence. For ...
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No Wipe Poo - Possible? [closed]

I read an article that says scientists have developed a pill that will make this possible, you take one pill with every meal and you'll no longer need to wipe after a bowel movement. This new ...
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Is there a church in Ireland that has as its ministry providing toilets for local pub patrons?

My pastor today preached an illustration which he received from John Upton, head of the Baptist World Alliance, a large missions organization. He tells this story (paraphrased) in order to ...
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Is it dangerous to stand or squat on a toilet seat?

I got a recent junk mail with the photo attached http://i.stack.imgur.com/Xk5Ex.png (Warning: graphic images of the alleged injuries) About the danger in pooping standing position and its result. ...
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Do the commercially produced toilet seat covers significantly reduce the spread of disease?

In many public toilets there are disposable toilet seat covers that can be placed over the seat before sitting down. These covers certainly allay some of the "yuck factor" associated with placing one ...
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Does standing closer to the urinal prevent urine splashes?

My work has a sign in the bathrooms requesting that you stand closer to the urinals to avoid splashing onto the floor. Is this actually a workable fact? My query is that if you stand closer, wouldn'...
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Can toilet paper (together with bodily waste) alone cause a clog in the toilet

I've encountered it in several places, mainly in public/hotel toilets, but also in my sister's old apartment, where people are asked to not throw anything (except for bodily waste) including toilet ...
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Are wall-mounted urinals more sanitary than floor mounted units?

Men's urinals can either be mounted on a wall, or can extend all the way to the floor. According to this page, floor mounted urinals are less desirable because: Floor Mount These units are ...
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Can urine aerosols reach my toothbrush if I pee standing up?

My girlfriend insisted that I should sit down in the future after reading this tip (German) for easier cleaning: When standing, the stream sprays up to 3.50 m far, as measured from a drop height of ...
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Are there airborne poop particles flying around bathrooms?

I've heard claims of airborne poop particles that fly into the air everytime one flushes a toilet. Here's some examples: HERE someone states that flushing the toilet "aerosolizes" water/poop into the ...
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Are toilet seats extremely unhygienic?

We've already seen a few questions about toilet hygiene but these styles of questions/myths more or less assume that toilet seats are the bottom of the hygienic barrel. Is this true? To wit, I have ...
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If I buy “flushable” wipes, can I flush them without problems?

I know they say "Flushable" right on the package, but are they? Do they break down fast enough to not cause problems in septic/sewer systems?
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Is chewing your finger nails as bad as licking a public toilet seat?

I've heard the above mentioned many times growing up that chewing your fingernails will expose you to more germs than to licking a public toilet seat. Apologies for the provacative title, but here ...
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Is it more hygenic to keep the lid down on the toilet after use?

I remember a bit of folklore that suggested it was more hygienic to put the lid (that's the lid on the seat) down after use. Is this the case?
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Do toilets that require squatting reduce birth complications in women?

When I was travelling in France, I encountered toilets without toilet seats. Essentially they require the user to squat. I was told that as a result, French women had fewer birth complications. Is it ...
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Is cleaning yourself with toilet paper cleaner than using water?

As a Westener, I've always been raised to believe that the best way to clean most objects is warm water and soap - self, dishes, clothes, pretty much everything. Except what is probably thought of as ...