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Seatless Toilets

Who Took The Seat? Sometimes you will find that a toilet is missing its seat. I don't mean a squat toilet, but a raised porcelain commode that has holes for mounting a seat and lid but has neither. It seems to need a seat, but the seat is missing. Why does the owner do this? It's for hygiene. Toilets can be much cleaner without seats.

How are you going to use a raised porcelain commode style toilet with no seat?

Toilet seats are made of relatively soft and somewhat porous plastic or painted wood. That soft, porous surface provides plenty of opportunity for dirt and microorganisms to take hold, and it is nearly impossible to get it completely clean.

The bowl itself, however, is vitreous. That is, glass-like. A toilet bowl is extremely hard and non-porous. The outer surface of the bowl is a ceramic glaze that has been fired or baked to convert it to a material similar to glass.

You can be about as harsh or aggressive as you want, mechanically or chemically, in cleaning a toilet bowl.

Meanwhile the entirely non-porous glass-like surface provides no place for microorganisms to hide. So where do you sit? On the rim of the bowl, of course!

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Today's Featured Toilet
This sparkling clean toilet is in Veliko Târnovo, in Bulgaria. But notice that waste bin within easy reach.

A Paper Curtain has descended across east-central Europe. To the east of that line, toilet paper must be discarded in the bin and not put down the toilet.

Learn about this bowl-bin dividing line or risk plugging the plumbing!
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Bob Cromwell seated on the ancient public toilets in Ephesus.

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