Tuesday, October 13, 2009

It's the polite thing to do.

I found this thoughtful reminder at Refresh (a raw food restaurant). Putting down the toilet seat is that little something we can all do to protect our energy flow (according to Chinese medicine). And, help lower the germ count in public restrooms and our own bathrooms (according to a study I read and threw away so unfortunately I can't quote verbatim). The flush creates an invisible germ-laden mist that can end up in far flung places in a washroom. As far flung as the sink.

This is why I have a love/hate relationship with the automatic flusher. Love because you don't have to deal with the flush. Hate because the sensor usually goes off while I'm mid-tinkle (inevitable after a long flight). When I encounter an automatic flush toilet I try to time my tinkle to avoid the complimentary spritz. If a toilet is without a toilet seat cover and has uncovered toilet paper rolls I will always tear off quite a few layers of TP before using. I never said I was planet friendly.


  1. Good on Refresh for having this sign.
    Perhaps you could design a plaque with one of John's graphics to replace the piece of paper? The would be nifty!

  2. What do you do in the washrooms where there is no toilette lid? Flush the germs into the air or, like some people like to do, leave it in the bowl for the germs to brew?

  3. At the risk of being rude, I totally think the shit mist is a horrible way to contract a germ. EEEEW!

  4. I thought i was paranoid at restaurants, hotels & washrooms!

    I roll up my pant legs, do my business FAST, have my own toilet paper ..heheha..then you get my friend who disinfects the toilet seat w. spray & leaves the washroom facilities with a kick at the door!