Funny and Dirty facts About Toilets and Hygiene around the World

We use toilets every single day without much thought at all - but how much do we actually know about the history of these inventions? For interest's sake, here are twelve quick and dirty facts about toilets and hygiene.
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DALLAS, Ga. - Oct. 16, 2020 - PRLog -- World Toilet Day is on the 19th of November and has been an annual day of 'celebration' in over 19 countries since 2001. The aim of 'World Toilet Day' is to create global awareness around the fact that millions of people around the world do not have access to basic sanitation.

The best way in which to keep your toilets sparkling clean and germ-free is to make use of quality bleach cleaning products. Bleach is able to kill up to 99.9% of all germs on contact.

The first flushing toilet in the United Kingdom was invented by Sir John Harrington, who was also Queen Elizabeth's godson.

Contrary to popular belief, it was recently proven that the toilet seat is actually one of the cleanest parts of the bathroom. Not only that, but it is also one of the cleanest surfaces in your entire house. In fact, your desk harbors 400 times the amount of bacteria than that of your household lavatory!

- The first air freshener, designed to rid bathrooms of unpleasant odors, was a pomegranate studded with cloves.

The average person uses the lavatory about seven times per day.

The average person spends approximately three years of his/her lifetime sitting on the loo.

Lack of functioning sanitation results in the death of more than 1.8 million people per year, many of whom are children. -- This is because poor sanitation and hygiene lead to the spread of infectious bacterial diseases such as cholera, typhoid, and polio, to name but a few.

The White House has a total of 35 bathrooms.

Before 1739, all public bathrooms were unisex.

According to a worldwide survey that was conducted in the early 90s, the following countries are known for having the worst public lavatories:

The United Kingdom,




Before toilet paper was invented, British people made use of sheep's wool, while French royalty preferred to utilize soft lace. Americans, on the other hand, favored newspaper, corn cobs, and sand. In India, people used their left hand to wipe (which is why, to this day, most Indians will only ever eat with their right hand); and, in Hawaii, the go-to solution as coconut shells.

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