Public Restrooms: Way Too Many Ways to “Go” and Wash your Hands Afterwards

Public restrooms: 14 Ways to “Go” and Wash Your Hands AfterwardsWow – public restroom facilities have changed over the past ten years!

Back in the day, you went to the bathroom, pushed down the handle on a do-it-yourself flush toilet when you finished and pumped soap from a dispenser built into the sink unit. Then you turned on a faucet by the handles, washed your hands and moved on to a paper towel dispenser, where you pulled out a folder paper towel.

Not any more! In the quest for improved sanitation and efficiency, seems like there are a zillion choices for (1) flushing toilets (2) dispensing soap (3) turning on a water faucet and (4) drying your hands. And very few public restrooms have the same configuration.

I photographed 14 different ways to “go” and wash your hands afterwards in local public restrooms. Found three types of toilet flushers, three kinds of soap dispensers, two types of sink faucets, seven ways to dry your hands, and one type of t.p. dispenser.

Tried to figure mathematically how many combinations and permutations there could potentially be — and it made my head spin.

I’m always looking for the handle on a “wave-your-hands” water faucet, waving my hands in front of a crank towel dispenser or waiting for the toilet to flush itself when it’s a “do-it-yourself” or push-button flusher.

Is anyone else as confused as I am?

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6 Responses to Public Restrooms: Way Too Many Ways to “Go” and Wash your Hands Afterwards

  1. Carolann says:

    OMG it’s so great that you blogged about this. I am always so frustrated at the amount of ways there are as most of them stink! I like paper…why can’t they just give us paper? Those blowers are aweful. And as for the soap dispensers…omg….they either don’t work or spit out two drops of soap! I don’t understand what’s going on here???? lol thanks for the post….it’s great and right on point!
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    • blogqueendiane says:

      Thanks for your comments! It’s great to know someone else gets frustrated by the same thing I do. Those super-high-power blowers are probably loud enough to make people go deaf — and don’t you hate the way they blow the skin on the top of your hands all over the place?

  2. Vanessa D. says:

    Every single time I use a self flushing toilet, I wonder why I didn’t have one in my house. The thing that always gets me in public washrooms though? Why do they always put the hand dryer or paper towel dispenser so high? Do they think people really want the water from their hands to drip to their elbows? I loved it when those Dyson hand-dryers came out because those are always installed below the waist and I get to keep my sleeves dry.
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  3. Nikki says:

    Haha, this is so funny! I have never really given it much thought, but it is kind of crazy to see all the pictures together like this.

    My biggest pet peeve is when there aren’t any paper towels. I hate the dryers.

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  4. Helene says:

    I lived for much of my adult life in SE Asia and have only one comment. Loooook at all the sit down toilets!!!
    LOL! I loved this post.

  5. I only use public restrooms when they’re clean. Otherwise….
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