World Toilet Day

After getting up, I have the feeling that Nov 19 is a speicial day but cannot find out why it is special. I remember I read about it on some blogs but just cannot recall what it is.

Finally, I found out it is the World Toilet Day (via Flyingchair) I really laughed to see there is an organization in Singapore focusing on Toilet.


Shanghai’s Toilet is Dirty

What is most impressive about your visit to Shanghai? I didn’t conduct a survey yet, but I believe many foreigner’s will say: First, the skycrapers and the second, the toilet.

Shanghai’s toilet is by no means clean. There are still lots of toilets with strong bad smell and tissue is not supplied. Sometimes you cannot find water to wash your hand and sometimes, it is very hard to find a toilet. :-(

I do hope the movement will make the toilet cleaner.

Do you Know

From the World Toilet Organization website, I learnt

  1. An average person visits the toilet 2500 times a year. About 6-8 times a day.

    You spend about 3 years of your life in the toilet.

  2. Poor toilet condition is a worldwide problem. More than half of the world population have no proper sanitation.
  3. Suppression of urination due to dirty toilets can lead to kidney and bladder diseases.

    In order to avoid visting public toilets, Some people refrain from drinking and suffer dehydration.

  4. Most toilets are designed incorrectly.
  5. Female takes 3 times longer than male, yet both toilet sizes are often same.
  6. Toilet remains as a ‘taboo’ as people are shy to discuss the subject.
  7. There are toilet associations worldwide promoting toilet education and culture.

Interesting. But they really created ugly poster that made people sick!

4 thoughts on “World Toilet Day

  1. the worst is you have to CARRY toliet paper with you whenever you go to public bathroom. i just CAN NOT get used to that any more last time i went back. if you need to do #2 and you don’t have toliet paper…….. *faint*

  2. I spent one day wandering around the central area of shanghai with my shanghainese friend. Luckily, I found the washingrooms in shopping malls r quite clean and they are FREE to use.

    When I walked in the area of Bund, I payed 1 RMB to enter one public toilet — 1 RMB might not be expensive for foreigners, but, I think a charged toilet is no longer “public”.

    I also had an impressive experience in Shanghai Southern Railway station ( in Meilong), the toilet is FREE, but, the condition is quite like a hell. There might be some problems with the flushing, the whole toilet is very very smelly.

    China’s public facility development still has a long way to go.

  3. Bingo. You got the rule of thumb. Toilet in big shopping malls in Shanghai is typically clean, althought not all toilets are equipped with toilet paper. Public stores, no matter how nice they look outside, chances are, they are still dirty and smelly.

  4. Date: 29th September 2005

    I am an independent small businessman from India with 43 years of practical experience in diversifield fields.

    Recently I have identified a new product and conept to absorb most of the Mal/Bad/Foul/Toxic odours from Toilets by using a 100% Natural product.

    A hanging bag of 500 grams (kept about 3 to 4 feet above the ground nearer to the toilet, absorbs the smells and toxins generated by us. No electricity is needed. Every two or three months keep the bag in the SUN to become fresh again.

    No chemicals or frangrances added. Every thing natural. It will not mask odours like others. It just adsorbs the odours.

    Any person or Industry interested in having a technology tie-up to promote this innovative need of the day product, Please contact me via e-mail –

    Happy spending times with no smells in the toilets.

    With Best Regards to one and all.


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