What does your standard procedure look like when you go to the toilet for number 1? Of course you first go to the toilet, sit down (or not, if you are a man) and pee. Pretty easy, right? Once you’ve done all this, the next step is actually pretty important. To flush or not to flush? That is the question. Here are 6 reasons why you might better not flush…
It is expensive
Water costs money and the average toilet uses more than 11 liters of water when you flush. Quite a lot, isn’t it?
Try not flushing a couple times after a number 1, you will definitely notice the difference on your next water bill. When you are strapped for cash, this is a way to save on house costs.
It disrupts your sleep
If you are a light sleeper, there is a chance you wake up more often at night to pee. This might be annoying, but it is nothing to worry about. You can make these visits to the toilet less disruptive by not flushing. The sound of the toilet can cause you to fall asleep less quickly.
It affects the water pressure and temperature (of the water)
It happens to all of us. You are under the shower enjoying the warmth and all of a sudden the cold water disappears, which causes you to burn yourself. Somebody used the guest bathroom and forgot (or didn’t care) that you were in the shower. Why would you want to run this risk, if it can also save you money and water.
It is bad for the environment
Sweet water is a valuable source that is becoming more scares every day. Now is the time to be more frugal with this valuable source and not flush after every time you pee. On average, you pee 5-6 times a day, the water that is needed to flush adds up to 72 liters a day. Definitely something to think about.
Urine is actually clean
Urine is not completely sterile, but it wont hurt your toilet if you leave it in the bowl.
Flushing spreads bacteria
Most people think not flushing is dirty. However, there are actually more bacteria spread by flushing then by not flushing. Flushing causes splashes to get out of the toilet bowl and onto the floor. These splashes contain a whole lot of bacteria. By not flushing you leave these bacteria in the toilet bowl. But if flushing is necessary, put down the toilet seat first.
Have these reasons convinced you? Then, slowly start at home with flushing less frequently after number 1. Public toilets and toilets at work are a different story. Unless you can convince your co-workers to also be more aware of the environment and save money.