10 Interesting Toilet Facts

We all have at least one toilet in our home, and we all want to keep it clean, but sometimes you’ve just got to see the funny side of this necessity that’s taken for granted. In this blog we share 10 of the best interesting toilet facts that are sure to give you something to think about next time you’re tackling the limescale and bacteria!

Toilet facts

1. Did you know that in the US over 40,000 people manage to hurt themselves in the bathroom every year? Who would have thought the most used room in your home could be such a dangerous place! Even King George II died falling off the toilet in 1760, crazy but true!

2. In the UK, people visit the bathroom six to eight times a day on average. That works out at 2500 times a year, this means we could spend around three years of our lives going to the loo!

3. In South Korea there’s an entire theme park and museum dedicated to the toilet! At the RestRoom Cultural Park you can see Roman style toilets, European-style bedpans and ancient Korean flush toilets.

toilet paper

4. It’s thought that the first toilet paper was invented by the Chinese in the 6th century, and each sheet measured two feet by three feet! Now, there’s even toilet paper made frpm 22-carat gold that went on sale for a staggering £825k, and to ensure total comfort, the roll is three-ply!

5. Over 8 million people in the UK admit to using their mobile phone in the bathroom, and in the US over 7 million people have dropped their phone down the loo! Other interesting items that have been dropped down the toilet include glasses, toothbrushes, goldfish and false teeth!

toilet flush handle

6. A toilet handle in a public loo can have up to 40,000 germs per square inch!

7. Thomas Crapper didn’t actually invent the toilet, but he did perfect the siphon flush system that’s used today.

toothbrushes

8. You’ll want to keep your toothbrush well away from the loo after reading this toilet fact! A toothbrush that’s kept within 6 feet of a toilet can get covered in airborne bacteria from flushing, gross! So, make sure to keep toothbrushes hidden away in a stylish mirrored cabinet.

9. 30% of all water used in the home is flushed down the toilet every day. Toilets purchased before 1993 most likely feature a cistern that uses 9.5 litres of water per flush, while those installed after 1993 typically consume 7.5 litres of water. But, the latest water saving toilets now use an impressive 4 or 2 litres of water!

10. On a more serious note, lack of sanitation and suitable toilets kill approximately 1.8 million each year, many of them children. According to WaterAid UK, 2.5 billion people, one in three of the world’s population, do not have access to a decent toilet.

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