You’re Doing It Wrong

A tooth brushing itself7 Basic Things You Won’t Believe You’re All Doing Wrong is an interesting read about daily things most of us do wrong, including (among others):

Tooth Brushing

Traditional wisdom […] is that we should brush twice a day, after meals.

…dentists are now recommending that people, especially small people between the ages of five and 10, not brush their teeth after every meal. The reason is that the acidity in food and beverages causes tooth enamel to soften, and brushing right after eating an acidic meal strips enamel from the teeth, leaving them vulnerable to cavities.

Each item includes a So how the hell are we meant to do it? section. For Pooping (because sitting on a toilet causes hemorrhoids and other fun ailments):

We were not meant to sit on toilets, we were meant to squat in the field.

I don’t know how accurate that information is, but it’s on the internet so it must be true.

Dual Flush Toilets

dual flush toiletWe’re renovating our bathroom next week, so we’ve been shopping around for a new toilet, bathtub and shower, and other fixtures. We discovered a Dual Flush Toilet at Kent Building Supplies (an Atlantic Canada company, which I’ll support over the big-boys like Home Depot). Regular toilets use 6 liters (1.6 gallons) of water when flushing. A dual flushing toilets has two methods of flushing: 4.1 liters (1.1 gallons) or 6 liters. That water savings appeals to me, even though we’re not on a water meter: it’s the conservation I like. The Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation did a study on dual flush toilets, concluding:

Dual-flush toilets perform well in comparison to 6-litre and 13-litre toilets based on water consumption rates, saving an average of approximately 26 per cent more water than single-flush 6-litre toilets when used in replacement programs…
In terms of market penetration, dual-flush toilets are likely to compete best with upper-end 6-litre toilets given the similarity in cost and the emphasis on water savings. While reduced water consumption is most likely only one of several factors considered by those purchasing a new toilet, the fact that dual-flush toilets save more water than single-flush 6-litre toilets presents an added benefit that could be promoted.

Interesting rumor: Dual flush toilets are compulsory in Australia. I could not confirm this, though.

We also getting a one piece shower/bathtub, which we’re hoping will be easier to clean than what we have now.

Maybe I’ll post before and after pictures.

Everything You Wanted to Know About Toilets

ToiletToiletology 101:

Let’s plunge in; flush out the facts and plumb the depths of toilet repairs. Almost everything you ever wanted to know about your toilets! And some things you probably never knew you needed to know.

Some of their topics include:

  • History of the Flush Toilet: There is disagreement over who was the inventor of the modern flush toilet, and flushing out the truth is not easy. Many give credit to THOMAS CRAPPER (1837-1910), an English sanitary engineer, for inventing the valve~and~siphon arangement that made our modern toilet possible.
  • How to REALLY Clean a Toilet: Recommended Materials – Rubber gloves or vinyl work gloves, Eye Protection, Bowl Swab, Disinfectant/detergent/cleaner, Disposable toweling or launderable cloth
  • Anatomy of a Toilet
  • Basics of Indoor Plumbing & Toilet Repairs: If you’ve never undertaken plumbing repairs before, you should be aware that Murphy’s Law governs do-it-yourself plumbing repairs. When all goes well, you will wonder why anyone would ever pay someone else to do such a job. But when the going gets rough, and the project gets messy, you’ll swear you’ll never again begrudge a plumber his fees.

(Thanks Ryan)

Things to do While Sitting on the Toilet

I googled things to do while sitting on the toilet assuming something interesting would result, but the only funny thing I found was Don’t Get Caught On The Toilet When Jesus Comes Back!

But I’m serious: while sitting on the toilet waiting to finish your, uh, business… what do you do? Here’s some suggestions. Add your own in the comments.

  • Read.
  • Play video games (gameboy, etc.).
  • Wait patiently while staring at the ceiling or floor.
  • Do crosswords.

Man, this site is going down the drain.