Last time I wrote about toilets, I was in Latin America and dealing with putting used toilet paper into The Little Bin Beside The Toilet. Now I’m in Asia and while they still have that little bin and use it for the same reasons, they have another solution. Instead of having their sewers clog up, having to empty bins full of fecally stained paper, or even supplying public toilets with paper at all… most toilets have a hose.
The hose is connected to the water mains and can have a tap on the wall to turn it on. The idea is that once you’ve finished your business, stick the hose up between your legs and turn on the tap. It can take some getting used to… aiming at the right place, the sudden feeling of cold water on your jaxsy and controlling the pressure so you don’t spray up the seat behind you, but you get used to it.
To help, or perhaps make it harder, some of the hoses have spray guns.
At more upmarket establishments, the toilets have spray systems built into them. This is similar to the French bidet but without having to move to another unit. After turning on the tap on the side of the toilet base, a little sprayer extends and the squirting begins.
Most public toilets in Asia seems to be always drenched with water, and not just the floor, but often the seat and up the walls as well. Apparently, after doing their business and using the hose, people have a mini shower. Hopefully they also clean the room afterwards.
Thankfully there are hooks in most booths to hang your pants on so they don’t get wet. The process is more hygienic than using paper and stops the bog or the sewers from getting clogged.
After a time your get used to having a hose, and a wet bum, and even speculate about having one installed at home.
Until next time,