Here’s What Toilets Are Like All Around The World

There are lots of perks when traveling to new places. Some will focus on the food, the language, the culture, the architectural structures, the history, and the people. However, if you get to stay in a country that is different from where you used to live, one might be surprised that some places have different toilets than the next. Every place has a different toilet, their bathroom routines, plumbing, and sanitation system.

Let’s take a trip and check what the toilets are like around the world.

In the Middle East

  • Squat toilets are standard in the Middle East. These are usually called “Turkish toilets” wherein a toilet bowl or pan is at floor level.
  • A hose, a cistern or a bucket of water is in every restroom used for flushing and cleaning up.
  • Before, most countries in the middle east have their sewages towed by trucks. Now, they have their toilets connected to municipal sewage.

In China

  • Squat toilets are also standard in China. Privacy is often an issue for foreigners as there are no partitions in most public restrooms.
  • Some public toilets have attendants which require you to pay a fee before you can use the toilet.
  • The Chinese use toilet papers to clean themselves up which they dispose of in trash bins. You either bring your own wipes or toilet paper, or you can buy one from the attendants.

In India

  • With its massive population, there are not enough toilets to accommodate the public, even in their homes.
  • Squat toilets are common here, but there are modern toilets in big establishments.
  • Some make use of toilet papers, but washing by hand is still the standard practice.
  • Sadly, there is news that millions of Indians have no access to toilets, prompting them to do their dirty business in the open.

In the US

  • In most parts of the world like the United States, we have the standard porcelain flushing toilets and urinals.
  • The water is available only for flushing. A single handle is used whenever you need to flush.
  • The toilet paper is readily available in public restrooms which Americans used to clean up.
  • Some have hand dryers you can use for free after washing your hands and even.
  • Many public restrooms have diaper changing stations for babies.
  • Anyone can use the toilet for free, but some establishments have the customers only rule.

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In Europe

  • There are people in Europe who still uses older toilets. These have pull chains mounted on the toilet itself which they pull when they want to flush.
  • Modern European toilets have a dual-flush system – one handle water and water temperature.
  • Bidets are a common sight in Europe. These have mounted spouts you use to clean up after every toilet trip. Toilet papers are mostly optional.
  • There are public restrooms that require a fee to use the toilet.

In Japan

  • Japan is known to have sewer systems ever since 300 BCE.
  • In Japan, only about 10% of baths have squat toilets.
  • Most public restrooms and establishments have modern Japanese bidet toilets. These have heated seats and water nozzle which they use to clean up instead of wiping with wipes or tissue or a separate bidet.
  • Most Japanese people have flushing toilets with bidets seats installed in their homes and public places. It reduced their need for toilet paper, increased comfort and promoted health and hygiene.

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