As I'm out and about quite a lot, the need to pay a visit to a public toilet from time to time is a necessary evil. Personally, I'd much rather cross my legs and wait until I arrive home, but this isn't always practical and apparently it's not good for your kidneys.
I have been known to turn and walk away if I don't find the facilities up to scratch and I'm not a fan of the mixed-gender toilets that seem to be springing up in coffee shops all over the UK. I had the misfortune to use one earlier this week and how did I know that a man had been in there before me? The blasted seat was up! Maybe they should invest in one of these... see picture above!
There's always a small whoop of joy when you spot a public loo that's clean, has adequate toilet paper and smells fresh (I'm thinking M&S and Selfridges). And a pang of disappointment when there's no hook to hang your handbag. I'm left thinking that this oversight was probably caused by a male of the species being completely oblivious to how much of a juggling act goes on behind closed doors, while a woman struggles to pee and hold on to her handbag during the entire process.
I'm guessing that how you attempt to use a public toilet is something that's passed down from generation to generation of women. Personally I favour covering the toilet seat with paper and holding onto an extra sheet so that my hand doesn't come into contact with the flush after I've finished.
I've also mastered the art of locking and unlocking the toilet door with the little finger of my right hand, before washing my hands thoroughly and opening the door to exit the toilet facilities with some trepidation. Who knows if the previous users washed their hands? And eww... why would anyone not do that? I carry one of those little bottles of hand sanitiser in my handbag and always have a spritz just as soon as I've left.
Is this a normal response I wonder, or am I a little too fixated on hygiene issues? Please feel free to share your thoughts and let me know if you favour a different technique. Maybe we could turn this into a poll and I'll report back at a later date.
Alternative options favoured by a few of my friends include squatting, (brilliant for muscle tone apparently) and perching delicately on only one side of the toilet seat.
Until next time...
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