How do you push open the door of a public toilet?

door knob_public toilet - digital sketch done by my hubby
@faith210 (11233)
Philippines
July 20, 2007 11:36am CST
Do you get squimish, if you'll use your bare hands? This has caught my attention once when I was i queue to use a public toilet. While I was in along line, I noticed several people using tissues and paper towels when opening the cubicle doors of the toilet; the others used their feet to push it open while a few push it open using their bags. Just imagine if it is still the old fashioned door knob. So how about you? Oh and lastly, how do you flush it? Do you also use tissue paper or your foot to push the flush lever, flusher or...what do you call that thing???
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@inked4life (4227)
• United States
20 Jul 07
I don't really think about it to be honest. I always thoroughly wash my hands after I'm done which should get rid of most of the germs that I've picked up on my visit. I'm not that big of a germphobe to be honest and as often as I've used public toilets I've never contracted some sort of fatal infection from them...LOL
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• United States
20 Jul 07
I remember years ago at Hampden (before it got all cleaned up) at a Scotland game, people were freely pishing in the concourse area causing a huge puddle. A guy tried to run daintily through it and eded up falling flat on his face. If he's not in a plastic bubble or loony bin somewhere right now I'd be very surprised
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@faith210 (11233)
• Philippines
20 Jul 07
Gee, that's awful! Sometimes even when you're very careful nasty things happen. I wonder how his friends reacted when he smell like pish! hehe...
• Philippines
20 Jul 07
i actually dont mind handling the knob in order to open it..what i do mnd is whne flushing the flush..i am always aware that people do their business on public toilet..its gross for me to just hold the flush so i use tissues to flush it.. we never know what they did inside the toilet cubicle so might as well be safe on handling things inside the public C.R. what i usually do was just to wash my hands every now and then..much safe to do the washing not to catch anything in the public C.R.
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@faith210 (11233)
• Philippines
21 Jul 07
Hi angel_of_charm! Good morning. Hope you had a good night sleep. I also use tissue in flushing. Would it be nice if we have those ultra modern toilets where there are electronic sensors wherein they automatically flush after using and door opens automatically too? That would be really great! Maybe in the near future, huh? Have a nice day!
• Philippines
21 Jul 07
good morning..i really didnt have much sleep..i miss my husband..anyway, the idea sounds really great bt knowing our country as the least one to do those..would they really think of doing that? but if they do then i will sure love it..no hassle going to public toilet
@faith210 (11233)
• Philippines
21 Jul 07
You're absolutely right about that! They would rather pocket the stash, enriching themselves, making themselves fat and leaving the public with nothing. So be careful on those public offcials you put in power! lol..aren't we talking about public toilets and not public officials? anyway, they have similarities. Lol
@laydee (12814)
• Philippines
14 Aug 07
I usually just push the public toilet door and wash afterwards. I flush by stepping on the flusher. Yeah, I could imagine how that feels like with the old-fashioned door-knob. Maybe that's why they changed it, for us clean-freaks. *LOL* But I hope all the toilets would have the automatic flush system and the automatic sink faucet system too. But I guess these are quite expensive. *LOL* That's why I appreciate faucets which you have to lift up to turn-on or the push-button because you won't need to use your fingers for them. Unlike the facets with turn-levers. =) Maybe sooner or later we'll have voice powered ones. Hahaha..Well, it could happen. =)
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@faith210 (11233)
• Philippines
15 Aug 07
Hi laydee! I agree with you completely. And it would be really great to have them voice activated too...I just hope when the person said "Flush" near my cubicle, all the flush systems won't be activated. LOL! Thanks for sharing and have a nice day!
@faith210 (11233)
• Philippines
15 Aug 07
Hi laydee! Definitely not for those with eak stomachs!LOL! That is a novelty in dining, huh? I would really love to go and eat in that restaurant. Sure will make me have a great time! Haha...Wow, thanks for sharing. Have a nice day and take care!
@faith210 (11233)
• Philippines
15 Aug 07
Hi laydee! Definitely not for those with weak stomachs!LOL! That is a novelty in dining, huh? I would really love to go and eat in that restaurant. Sure will make me have a great time! Haha...Wow, thanks for sharing. Have a nice day and take care!
@zed_k4 (17627)
• Singapore
24 Apr 08
Hello there, I think this is one of the "rare and unique" discussions that I've come across, my sweet faith.... However, I just do my "business" on the open-plan layouts (for guys washroom only) and wash my hands thoroughly after that. And most often, I will chance upon someone opening the door to the entrance and I would go right behind him, so that I don't have to touch the doorknob, ha!
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@faith210 (11233)
• Philippines
24 Apr 08
Hi zed_k4! Oh, I think I will take that as a compliment! And you are very smart--just waiting for someone to open the door and rush out behind him---Good thinking! Thanks for sharing your thoughts, really appreciate it. Take care and have a nice day dear friend!
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@zed_k4 (17627)
• Singapore
28 Apr 08
Thanks, faith...:)-
@AJ1952Chats (2340)
• Anderson, Indiana
13 Apr 08
I know that there are people now who will open the bathroom door and everything else using a paper towel or tissue, but, to tell the truth, I'm *so* ready to get to the finest seat in the house that I don't even think to do this. By the time that I did all of that, there would probably be a puddle of pee on the floor. LOL In the case of those lower toilet flushers, I used my foot at one time, but I'm not physically able to anymore and just reach back and flush it. And, with the ones that look like the flushers at home, I simply flush them as I do at home--with my hand. I always wash my hands afterwards anyway.
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@faith210 (11233)
• Philippines
13 Apr 08
Hi AJ1952Chats! You're doing the right thing just by washing your hands afterwards. Thanks for taking the time to respond to my discussion. I really appreciate it. Just my thoughts friend! Take care and have a nice day! :)
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• Anderson, Indiana
14 Apr 08
You have a really nice day, too--what's left of it! It's less than two hours until midnight here in Anderson, Indiana USA on Sunday, April 13, 2008. :-)
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@williamjisir (22903)
• China
14 Aug 07
I usually push open the door of a public toilet using my left hand. Afterwards I will wash my hands. I am afraid to get germs from the handle.
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@faith210 (11233)
• Philippines
15 Aug 07
Hi williamjisir! I guess almost all of us are really careful on having contact with germs and that is good which make us more careful with our health somehow. Thanks for sharing. Take care and have a nice day.
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• China
15 Aug 07
You are welcome. Have a nice day.
@lingli_78 (12845)
• Australia
21 Jul 07
just like usual... i'm not really that germ freak... i'll wash my hand after that anyway... so i'll open and close the door as usual with my bare hand...
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@faith210 (11233)
• Philippines
22 Jul 07
Hi lingli! different folks, different strokes! Nothing really wrong with that, as long as we wash our hands...right? Have a nice day!
@AmbiePam (49113)
• United States
20 Jul 07
I use my fabric covered elbow or shoulder to open the door, or I push it open with my foot. I also flush by using a piece of toilet paper to press the handle down. Although, some toilets flush on their own after the censor registers that the weight is off the toilet. I like those.
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@faith210 (11233)
• Philippines
21 Jul 07
Hi AmbiePam! Really appreciate to know your point of view. Sure thing, I do like those ultra modern toilets with sensors on and it would be great if the door opens and closes automatically too! lol. Have a nice day!
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@AmbiePam (49113)
• United States
21 Jul 07
Automatic doors would be wonderful. I get really tired of the doors opening in. I know if they opened out I would probably hit someone, but I'd rather that than get pushed almost into the toilet, just to get out of the stall. : )
@SHAMRACK (8384)
• India
17 Jan 09
Dear friend, If the toilet is well equipped, neat and well kept, I would have not problems I would enter with just a knock. Otherwise I would use tissue papers to flush or I may try other toilet if any is there.
@faith210 (11233)
• Philippines
18 Jan 09
Hi SHAMRACK! Oh that is true! If we see that the toilet is well maintained, somehow we feel comfortable using it otherwise, we do some extra precautions. haha..Thanks for your response my friend. I really appreciate your participation in this discussion. Take care and have a wonderful day! lovelots..faith210
@dhurianne (206)
• Philippines
15 Jan 09
What I usually do after using public toilet is wash my hands right away with soap. And not only that, after washing I will apply hand sanitizer. So that would surely free from germs. And regarding flushing, sorry to say this that I am always using my foot in flushing not my hands.
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@faith210 (11233)
• Philippines
16 Jan 09
Hi dhurianne! Oh that is alright with the flushing thing, I am not the one who will be using the toilet after you're done with it. haha..Just joking! Thank you for your response and your honesty. I really appreciate it. Take care and have a nice day! lovelots..faith210
@jeanniemay (1803)
• Philippines
14 Jan 09
Hahaha... Ate Faith, it reminds me of the kind of comfort room we have in the mountain provinces, almost all doesn't have doorknobs so its kind of worry free cause those who use it just bump in to get in. Hehe. And it doesn't have flusher, water is just flowing freely. No need to flush. Haha.. Cute set up, isn't it?
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@faith210 (11233)
• Philippines
15 Jan 09
Hi jeanniemay! haha..i know all about those type of comfort rooms. I had a great time using one. My friends and I were all laughing and enjoying having that experience. Thanks for your response. Nice to see you dropping by! Take care and have a nice day! lovelots..faith210
@ronnyb (6125)
• Jamaica
14 Jan 09
I dont usually use tissue but I usually enter with caution so I am not traumatized if I enter a dirty bathroom.I think though that I may start to use tissues when opening the door and handles
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@faith210 (11233)
• Philippines
14 Jan 09
Hi ronnyb! I do think that almost everyone of us really are careful in using the public toilet. I am also like you that I usually enter with caution because you will never know what is in store for you inside. haha..Yikes! Thanks for your response dear friend, I really appreciate it. Take care and have a wonderful day! lovelots..faith210
@cuttyrish (2663)
• United States
23 Aug 08
i open the door using my foot, like kicking at bit, if the dor is has knobs i open using a tissue.. when i flush the toilet, i just a paper towels... and afterwards, i still wash my hands, to make sure there is no germs... and sometimes i use hand sanitizer..
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@faith210 (11233)
• Philippines
14 Jan 09
Hi cuttyrish! So sorry for my very late response! I guess, most of us are really very careful in entering public toilets and that is good enough for all of us since it is better to be careful than sorry in the end. Thanks for your response dear! Take care and have a nice day! lovelots..faith210
@shana123 (2096)
• India
20 Jul 08
hey i use my hand and put soap and wash it for more than a couple of times i feel so much irritated if the public property is not maintained well and i always catch disease easily so i always be alert that im hygine and safe that is what my mommy taught me.. using tissue papers is also good and feet and bag used is not gud instead you can use your hand and wash it thoroughly
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@faith210 (11233)
• Philippines
21 Jul 08
Hi shana123! Your mommy taught you well! Thanks for your response dear! Take care and God Bless!
@dschiavi (32)
• United States
8 Jul 08
i use my bare hands and then i bite my nails
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@faith210 (11233)
• Philippines
10 Jul 08
Hi dschiavi! haha..That is funny. Whether you are serious with that response or not, I really appreciate it. You made me laugh. Thanks for sharing your thoughts. Take care and God bless!
@metschica25 (5407)
• United States
7 Jun 08
I most of the time don't think about it, but I will use a liner , and flush with paper. It really depends on the bathroom to me. I'M just happy they have those push doors now .
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@faith210 (11233)
• Philippines
8 Jun 08
He metschica! Yes, those push doors are really wonderful. Thanks for sharing your thoughts. Thanks for dropping by. Take care and God bless! Celebrate life!
• Philippines
25 May 08
thats easy, use your foot to open the door, to put the seat down & up and to flush. If you need to use your hands use a hanky or tissue. If you don't have any tissue then you have no choice but to use your bare hands. good day
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@faith210 (11233)
• Philippines
26 May 08
Hi darth1206! Yes, I agree and don't forget to wash the hands when you have to use it. haha..Thanks for sharing your thoughts! Take Care and God Bless! Happy Mylotting!
@ruby222 (4848)
6 May 08
Public toilets are like horror films really,I dont know what some folk get up to in them!!I wouldnt ever sit on a seat in a public loo thats for sure,I hover,lol and its the only way that I would do it!!!...the flush ..I usually get a bit of tissue and use that to handle the flush with,they are all so dirty.But the worst thing is when you go into them and then find that the tissue roll is completely empty,and you have to rifle through your pockets to try to find a bit,then you go to your bag to try to find a bit too.and talking of bags,unless there is a hook on the back of the door the buring question then arises ..where o you put your bag??!!!if you put it on the floor it feels contaminated!!!so I hover lol and hold on tight to my bag...what a picture!!!
@faith210 (11233)
• Philippines
6 May 08
Hi ruby222! haha..EXACTLY! That is why as much as possible I don't use the public toilets. Thanks for sharing your thoughts. I really appreciate it. take care and have a nice day!
@phoenix25 (1543)
• United States
6 May 08
I know how many germs like to accumulate in public restrooms. I try not to touch anything with my bare hands. I push the restroom door open with my elbow or hip to get into the bathroom. I don't touch the latch on the stall door. I use my wrist or elbow to close it. I use my foot to flush the toilet. On my way out, I do the same. If I have to pull the bathroom door open to leave, I usually grab a paper towel from near the sink and use it to open the door. I guess I sound like a germophobe, but I don't know who else has touched those things before me.
@faith210 (11233)
• Philippines
6 May 08
Hi phoenix25! You may sound like a germophobe, but that is alright because in my own point of view it is better to be safe than sorry. Thanks for sharing your views. I really appreciate it. Take care and have a nice day!
@Hatley (164652)
• Garden Grove, California
30 Apr 08
I do not use toiletpaper to open and close public bathroom doors instead I scrub my hands thoroughly beforeleaving and take a towel and grip that door with my clean hands.
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@faith210 (11233)
• Philippines
1 May 08
Hi Hatley! Thanks for sharing your thoughts. I really appreciate it. Take care and have a nice day!