Interesting Facts and Figures about Toilets


Ever wondered how much time does a person spend on an average in the toilet or how many people in the world do not use toilets ? Let’s find out some actual facts about the toilet and how and how unhygienic toilet conditions have affected the world .

Do You Know

  • The average person spends 3 months of its lifetime sitting on the toilet
  • Computer keyboards can carry more than 200 times as many bacteria as a toilet seat.
  • Around 20 % of the world population still defecate in the open as they don’t have access to toilets
  • There's a toilet-themed restaurant in Taiwan, where food is served on miniature toilets.

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  • More people in the world have mobile phones than toilets
  • Suppression of urination due to dirty toilets can lead to kidney and bladder diseases.
  • The average toilet uses 6 liters of clean water in a single flush
  • 2.6 billion people do not have access to even a basic toilet.
  • Mobile phones have 18 times more bacteria than toilet handles.
  • The average office desk has 400 times more bacteria than a toilet.
  • The inhabitants of ancient Rome had a sewer goddess, a toilet god, and a god of excrement.
  • The more features your phone has, the longer you spend in the toilet
  • The world's oldest known "toilet" was used by dinosaurs 240 million years ago

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  • Pomegranates studded with cloves were used as the first attempt at making toilet air-freshener
  • Lack of suitable toilets and sanitation kills approximately 1.8 million people a year, many of them children.
  • The toilet handle in a public restroom can have up to 40,000 germs per square inch.
  • Studies show that the first toilet in a public restroom is generally the cleanest.
  • November 19 is world Toilet Day
  • The most luxurious toilet in the world was made of pure gold. This 24 carat gold toilet existed in the Hall of Gold in Hong Kong.

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  • Falling off a toilet was the cause of death of King George II of Great Britain
  • The first World Summit on Toilets was conducted in Singapore in 2001.
  • The first time male and female toilets were separated was in Paris during a high-class party in 1739
  • Bad public sanitation increases the risk of  diarrhea, cholera, typhoid, trachoma and parasitic worms.
  • Globally, around 2.4 million deaths could be prevented annually if everyone practiced appropriate hygiene and had good, reliable sanitation and drinking water.

We need to work towards providing a very basic requirement like toilets to all as they are a necessity and not a luxury and also keep them clean , safe and hygienic for use .A toilet seat sanitizer is a positive step towards the same for those who have access to the washrooms .

Data Source :Google

This blog was earlier published in October 2016