Since we’re all stuck at home, let’s take a virtual tour across the world and check out different types of bathrooms.
Toilet on the wall: it’s getting more common in modern European bathrooms to have the toilet mounted on the wall. It does look very minimalistic!
Washer and dryer in the bathroom: do you think this is a good idea? Let us know in the comment.
Bidet toilets: The bidet was invented in France in the 1600s. It’s actually more sanitizing than toilet paper and of course, saves trees from being cut down every year. Besides, Europe, bidets are popular in Japan and South America as well.
Bring some cash on you: public restroom in continental Europe, such as Germany, France, and Sweden may require you to pay to use the facility. It’s usually around €1. Some public restrooms in China also require a fee to use it.
Welcome to the land of smart toilets! What can Japanese high-tech toilets do? Just to name a few: automatically lift the lid up or down, self-cleaning, playing music, etc. Want to learn more about Japanese toilets? Watch this video.
Generally speaking, modern Chinese bathrooms are very similar to the American ones. However, there are some differences. For example, squat toilets are pretty common in China and many other Asian countries. It may look like extra work but squat toilets are actually better for your health as squatting is the natural way of pooping. If you love the comfort of sitting, you can use a small chair or products such as Squatty Potty to put your body in a natural position.
Bring some toilet paper. Chinese public restrooms usually don’t provide any toilet paper, so be sure to bring some with you when visiting China.
Central & South America
When I was visiting Costa Rica, the first thing they told me was not to throw toilet paper down the toilet. Their sewage system is a bit different and throwing TP down the drain will likely clog the toilet. There will be a trash can for you to put the toilet paper.
Believe it or not, Bill Gates is obsessed with the bathroom just like us here at Shine. There are 2 billion people who don’t have access to toilets, which can cause disease, pollution, and even deaths. The Gates Foundation is working on a new type of toilets that can process the waste on-site and some don’t even require water or electricity. Check out Bill’s idea here.
That’s it for our virtual tour today. Is there anything we didn’t cover? Let us know in the comment.