When you think of toilets, you probably think of the standard commodes you see in most stores and homes. But if you travel around the world, or watch any world traveling shows, you may notice the bathrooms can look a little different than the porcelain “throne” we’re used to here in America. All toilets do not have to look or act the same. Maybe you don’t like change, but here are some unique toilets around the world.
German Washout Toilet
The washout toilet is also popular in Austria, Denmark and the Netherlands. This one is a little like what we are used to, except it doesn’t contain water in the bowl at all times. Only when you flush does the toilet “wash out” the contents.
You have probably seen a bidet in movies or maybe in a high-end hotel. A bidet is normally used in conjunction with a regular toilet. It is often made a joke by people confusing them with a water fountain or sink (gross!). A nozzle in the toilet allows water to shoot upwards for cleansing purposes. Bidets are mostly used in European countries and often seen as a sanitary and environmentally friendly option by using water instead of toilet paper.
With the recent popularity of eco-friendly products in the U.S., an outdated practice has been brought back to the forefront. The outhouse is a no-flush toilet option. It doesn’t require water, but should be placed a good distance from a house (at least 50 feet), downhill and preferably in the shade. It consists of a deep hole covered with a piece of wood and some sort of “seat”, enclosed with a covered box. Don’t think about putting one in your suburban or urban yard, however. These are for rural or “off-the-grid” type homes only. Outhouses are also still common in many other places, too, like Brazil.
Asian Squat Toilets
In Asia, many inhabitants are familiar with squat toilets. Just as the name suggests, you place your feet on both sides of the porcelain bowl (located in the floor) and squat. Then typically, there is a faucet or reservoir of water for cleansing.
Japanese Squat Toilets
The Japanese squat toilet is very similar to the Asian variety, except that is has a “hood” over one end of the bowl. Not only does it show you the correct direction to face, it also keeps splashing to a minimum.
Tibetan Simple Toilets
In Tibet, the population keeps things simple with a more simplistic toilet. There is a room, not your classic bathroom though. There are no walls, stalls, tiles or even a bowl. These toilets are side by side and nothing more but a couple holes in the floor.
India’s Rustic Village Toilets
If you haven’t figured out how lucky you are to live in the United States, consider the people in the underdeveloped areas of India. Their bathrooms consist of a container hung in a tree at the appropriate height, out in an open field. Now that is a lack of privacy.
These are just a few examples of the many types of toilets found in the world today. Here is a final hint for you world travelers. Many countries do not flush paper with wastes. Make sure you know the rules. For all your toilet needs, be sure to call the experts at On Time Elmer Plumbing. They will keep your porcelain throne working great!