Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Ewww . . . Germs!!!!

I'll just come right out and say it: I hate public bathrooms. They're gross, germ-ridden, and (for me) have serious panic-attack potential. There are a few things that make certain public bathrooms bearable.

Here are the Top Five best public bathroom features:

5. Full-length mirror. As a female, I often like to make sure my outfit is still intact and embarrassment-free before I leave. Full-length mirrors allow you to make sure your skirt isn't tucked into your pantyhose (or underwear!), that you don't have toilet paper stuck to your shoe, and that nothing else is askew. I wish more public restrooms invested in these!

4. Stall walls that extend to the floor. I realize that we can't all have our own individual bathrooms when we go out, but am I the only one who thinks bathroom stall sizes are getting shorter and more narrow? I do not need to see the person next to me at all - not their shoes, and especially not their knees, which is where stall wall lengths are heading. I love going into swanky bathrooms with extended stall walls. It makes my whole day.

3. Purse hooks on the wall instead of the back of the door. If you're female, you know what I'm talking about. How often do you stare at your purse hanging out of arm's reach and within grabbing distance of anyone who feels like reaching over the door stall (easier now that they are steadily growing shorter)? Having your purse away from bathroom thieves is one less thing to worry about as you navigate the treacherous terrain of the public restroom.

2. Automatic faucets/soap/paper towel dispensers. The less I have to touch in a bathroom, the better. (This feature would be higher on the list if bathrooms had automatic doors.) Bathrooms that have the automatic trifecta rate very highly in my book. Few have the automatic soap, and most have the hand driers, which don't adequately dry your hands (and blow germs around).

1. Floor flushers. The flush handle is probably the germiest thing in the whole bathroom. It's pre-hand wash, which means it's the first thing that everyone touches after they're finished using the toilet. *shudder* Floor flushers eliminate the worry about germs. They are rare in public bathrooms, but hopefully will become more common, as they are far more sanitary.

I need an outfit like this!!!

And now . . . an "educational" film on the dangers of germs:

1 comment:

  1. Apparently there is a really cool bathroom at the top of one of the tallest buildings here in Seattle. It has gorgeous views of the Puget Sound so I'm told. But funnily enough it's just the womens' bathroom not the mens!


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