Thursday, October 29, 2009

Speaking of public restrooms

Here's something I've been curious about for awhile and I need to know what you think.

OK, say you have to pee. You approach a toilet that obviously has been recently cleaned. You know it's been cleaned because the the water is still tinged with blue, indicating the person responsible neglected to give that final flush to clear the last traces of the toilet bowl cleaner.

Do you sit and do your business, or do you flush first?

I know it's a dreadful waste of water, but I must flush first. I am afraid that a) there might be splashback, causing traces of the cleaning solution to come in contact with my, uh, lady parts, which can't be good, and/or b) the ammonia in the urine will react in some violent manner with the chemicals in the cleanser and release a toxic gas that will knock me out. And wouldn't that be embarrassing? Perhaps even more embarrassing than flooding the joint with one's coat.

But what about toilets with water colored blue on purpose, with those giant Sweetart-looking things? Well, I'm not a fan, but I figure it must be fairly safe to pee in that water. I haven't seen Mythbusters tackle any myths on hazardous blue potty water so it must be OK.

Go ahead and laugh, but I'm not as bad as Young Son, though. If he enters the bathroom to find a tissue floating in an apparently clean bowl, he must flush before proceeding.

What about you guys? Is it just me?

Maybe next time we can discuss leaving the faucet on while brushing one's teeth.


  1. Huh... this idea never occurred to me until you wrote about it. Now I will probably flush first! Only because of your reason a) though...

    I don't like the blue water because, well, it makes *everything* look bluish. Call me quirky...

    Liz, I am also a Liz and have been reading your blog for a while but finally took time to comment. I really enjoy it!

  2. Absolutely - always flush the cleanser, if for no other reason than yellow & blue make green - and that just creeps me out.

  3. I don't flush first but I flush when I'm away from the toilet and *ahem* fully dressed again. That way, if there were nasties lurking, I'm clothed and therefore, safe (I hope!)

  4. I'm a "flusher first", because I was always afraid of getting chemicals on my hoo-hoo.

    I NEVER thought about the ammonia/bleach consequences. That's the sort of thing that would happen to me.

    I say we write to Mythbusters. That's a show I'd want to TIVO.

  5. Hilarious! I flush first. Always. You never know what is in the bowl just waiting to splatter up. : ) Thanks for the chuckle!


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