BlogOctober 12, 2005 6:44 PM ET

3 useful bathroom tips

Tip 1 This hasn't happened to me in a long time, but at one point I lived in a house whose toilet was prone to overflowing. If you've ever had a toilet overflow, you know it is not an enjoyable experience. The water begins to rise and you pray for salvation... nope... it starts pouring down the sides of the toilet. One time this happened when the toilet was full of shit. The flushing turned the water brown, right before it overflowed all over our bathroom floor. Then it began seeping through the floor and dripping through the ceiling into the living room below. Need I say more? In any case, after this horrifying experience, I realized there had to be a way to immediately stop the water from rising. After a few minutes of investigation (I had never pondered the mechanics of a toilet before), I discovered that you just need to lift the floating device inside the toilet (see diagram below - notice pink ball). The flow of water stops immediately. I've never experienced a toilet overflow again.

Tip 2 When using a public restroom with multiple stalls, always choose the stall closest to the door. Studies have shown that these are actually the cleanest stalls, since they're frequently passed over.

Tip 3 Since I was a child, I've been very diligent about covering the bristled portion of my toothbrush after use. I've used everything from tissues to Saran Wrap. People think I'm weird. However, there is logic behind my apparent neurosis. Toothbrushes are generally stored somewhere in the vicinity of one's sink. Most people use those little toothbrusher holder things. Sadly, every time a toilet is flushed, microscopic droplets of water (i.e. bacteria, etc.) are distributed in the air. They ultimately land on your sink, in your little water glass, and on your toothbrush. You can read more about this aerosol effect here. I was at someone's house this past weekend and he and his girlfriend both kept their uncovered toothbrushes on top of the toilet. I didn't say anything, but I was slightly disgusted. Unless you're positive that visitors to your bathroom will close the toilet lid prior to flushing, you should be covering your toothbrush in one fashion or another. Otherwise, you're effectively brushing your teeth with excrement.


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agent_friday_ 10/12/2005 4:09:55 PM

no read.

fuckingFIIIIIIIIIIIIGHT!!_ 10/12/2005 4:33:34 PM

i <3 u cutie baby

rob_mcfeters_ 10/12/2005 4:34:45 PM

we don't keep our toothbrushes in the bathroom with the toilet. we have a sink in our bedroom, where they are. we are safe.

Kanye West_ 10/12/2005 5:13:00 PM

Brian Peppers doesn't care about black people.

ese_bauber_ 10/12/2005 5:13:31 PM

when i was little i put soap on my brothers toothbrush because he beat me up earlier that night. It didnt go over with well with him or my parents

sawtooth_ 10/12/2005 8:52:29 PM

interesting. i never thought about/knew these things.

din_ 10/12/2005 9:57:45 PM

hm good to know

petition the empty fridge_ 10/13/2005 1:30:58 AM

i always wondered why my friends called me shit teeth

frenetic_ 10/13/2005 4:58:54 AM

D:

keiser_ 10/13/2005 5:21:04 AM

best blog ever.

misteroverzealous_ 10/13/2005 10:23:45 AM

toilet mechanics? you're a webmaster, or webster for short, yet don't know the complex innner workings of a toilet? man, obviously you've never taken a shit @ a party before. cuz if you did, you would learn how to stop an overflowing toilet REAL fast! maybe i'm just a pssy, but, i really don't want to inform the party host of a bowel overflow if i was the cause of it. people just seem to have a 6th sense of finding me out to be the sole contributor of the retched shit river aflowin' 'cross the

din_ 10/13/2005 1:56:57 PM

wow

generic_gimmick_ 10/13/2005 4:32:39 PM

In response to tip #3: Your kitchen contains more harmful bacteria than your bathroom, keep eating food motherfcker.

Din_ 10/14/2005 2:08:49 AM

So what's with the bottle of rocks??

d4n_ 10/14/2005 2:37:05 AM

i've known about that bacteria in the air due to toilet being flushed for a while now, i've been keeping my toothbrush in my medice cabinet, and sometimes with the plastic package still on it. oh and if your toilet starts overflowing just turn off the water, when my parents moved into another house me and my brother we helping clean and fix up stuff, and i flushed the toilet for probably the first time since the last residents, and it was about to overflow, my first reaction was to turn off the

deez_nutz_ 10/14/2005 10:18:40 AM

Studies have shown that bathrooms public and private, are consistently much more sanitary than many other places. When you go to piss at a gas station and the dude in front of you took a shit and didn't wash his hands and grabbed the door to exit, all you did was grab some paper towels and use that as a buffer for when you exit the bathroom. But this same guy used his hands to purchase something in the store, hand his money to the attendent, which in turn will be the same money handed back to

anonymous 10/19/2005 2:44:21 AM

that toothbrush stuff is largely overexaggerated. you're not brushing your teeh with shit.

ryan_ 10/24/2005 12:36:28 AM

Anyone who believes in the toothbrush germ theory or any of its ilk is obviously someone who is too smart to have any common sense. You can probably prove all sorts of digusting germs exist in many everyday situations but who gives a fck because we continue to live despite being exposed to said germs. If they were really so bad, how would the majority of the population continue to be exposed with little to no harmful effect? If the situation was really dangerous enough to directly cause some so