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Hygiene: ten ideas for a nice toilet

Of course, you don't need a special toilet stool for this; if in doubt, a few books underneath will do the same. Some people value a well-tended toilet reading anyway. Thomas Frieling from the Helios Clinic calls the position described "the thinker attitude" because it resembles the attitude of the famous sculpture "The Thinker" by Auguste Rodin. According to studies, however, it should not (only) make thinking easier, but also bowel movements: "Raising the thighs leads, among other things, to a more favorable angle between the rectum and anus and to a more effective abdominal press," explains Frieling. A changed sitting position can help against constipation or defecation problems. According to the expert, however, a toilet stool has no influence on intestinal diseases such as polyps or Crohn's disease.

Better to shower than wipe

The average German uses around 46 rolls of toilet paper per year. If you would unroll the paper used in this country and put it together, you could cover a distance of around 115 million kilometers. This corresponds roughly to the way there and back to Mars at its closest point. In order to reduce this enormous consumption, there is a solution that has long been standard in some Asian countries and the Arab world: shower toilets. In Germany and Europe, people are still hesitant, but there is now more than one well-known manufacturer who offers toilets with integrated intimate showers or corresponding seat sets for assembly. The systems almost always also have a drying function that makes the use of toilet paper completely superfluous. Not only is it more environmentally friendly, it may also be healthier. The dry paper causes skin irritation and inflammation in some people. Even worse, however, are wet wipes soaked in cleaning lotion, which also often clog the sewers because they do not dissolve. As a rule, water does not contain any allergens and is gentle on sensitive toilet users who are struggling with hemorrhoids, for example.

Finally with a warm bottom to the toilet

It can be uncomfortable to sit down on an ice-cold toilet seat, especially in winter. There are all sorts of hot ideas to prevent this. Although they are washable, most people consider fluffy toilet covers to be unsanitary. Electric seat heating was invented for the first time in Japan, and many places there can no longer be imagined without it. You can now find all kinds of heated seats in various price segments (from around 100 euros). If you choose a very cheap model, you run the risk of burning yourself because glasses made of thin material heat up too much. The heating coils, which are mostly distributed throughout the seat, usually do not give off heat permanently, but at the push of a button. The electricity for this is provided by batteries or a power cable. In this case, there should be a socket near the toilet - and the cord should not get wet, if possible. In addition, not only we, but also bacteria appreciate the warm place - they can multiply there magnificently. You should therefore be particularly fussy when cleaning. When buying, you should also pay attention to how much electricity the toilet heater consumes.

Here it is automatic and gentle to (and open)

The question of whether the toilet lid should remain open or closed after going to the toilet can become a serious controversial topic. It is almost even worse with the toilet seat. Often there is not even a bad intention - you just do it as you are used to. And habits are known to be difficult to shed. A toilet seat with a motion sensor and an automatic lowering mechanism could smooth things over: if no one is around, the toilet seat and lid lower very gently, because damping elements are built into the hinges. This "automatic softclose" can also be purchased and installed without a motion sensor. With such models, a light tap is sufficient (which one must remember, however). This avoids loud noises and damage caused by glasses or lids being moved or accidentally dropped. For people who prefer to pee standing up and do not want to lift the toilet seat every time for reasons of hygiene or convenience, there are even variants in which it lifts automatically. The sensors that you have to hold your hand to are usually powered by a battery. Of course, you have to recharge it from time to time. Thinking about it might be more of a hassle than moving (or at least tapping) the toilet seat. In addition, some people are likely to be annoyed about the sensitivity of the sensors - for example, if the toilet closes before you are even finished.

With music, please!

Many find it uncomfortable to be able to listen to them doing business. In Japan it was therefore common for a long time to flush continuously while using the toilet. In order to prevent this waste of water, devices came onto the market there in the 1980s that imitated the sound of the water being flushed. Even today there is a so-called otohime (German: noise princess) in many public toilets in Japan. In general, Japan is the country with the most highly developed toilet culture in the world. The Japanese company Toto, which secured the naming rights to the "Noise Princess", even entered the Guinness Book of Records with its product "Toto Neorest": for the toilet with the most (namely ten) functions.

While there are sound princesses in a wide variety of designs in Japan, such as wall-mounted devices or integrated into the toilet, triggered by sensors or the push of a button, they are rather unknown in other parts of the world. After all, the invention has also been patented in the USA since 2007, and there are various smartphone apps for it. Anyone who does not explicitly want the sound of a flush of water, but rather music or the sounds of nature, can also grab a smartphone, install a radio - or buy a “twitter box” from Relaxound. Owner Philipp Störring uses it to set up practices, offices and other environments. If a person comes near the small box, the motion detector triggers a refreshing chirping of birds, which fades away after about two minutes.