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cicero:
i live in israel.

In private homes, most people keep the brush (and often a bottle of cleaner) next to the toilet. Most bathrooms here also have that dual flush option (I actually think it is a law here but I could be wrong). I have used a brush in someone else's home on occasion when needed. If others leave skid marks in *my* home toilet, i would just clean it (I clean the toilet after i have guests anyway).

In offices/public restrooms - i have rarely seen a brush or cleaner and i have never thought it is an expectation that the user will clean up after themselves. (I wish that people would actually FLUSH the toilet but I guess that is a whole different thread...) The thread that the OP mentioned was an eye opener to me.

cwm:
In public, in the US where I've lived and traveled, I've never seen cleaning supplies. I think part of that is it's the company's job to keep the toilets clean. Whether or not they do a decent job of it is beside the point.

At the houses I've been to, often the cleaning supplies are hidden under the sink or in some other not obvious place. And I'm not about to go digging around someone's bathroom to clean up after myself, nor am I willing to walk out and ask the homeowner where their toilet cleaning supplies are. If I make a mess, I'll try to clean it up by repeat flushing, and I've only ever once had that fail.

I have seen the dual option flushing toilet before, at a friend's house. It's really neat and I'd love to see it implemented more, but most people that I know have never heard of it.

Teenyweeny:
I have to say, If I've left a mess, I wipe it up with a bit of loo roll. I'm about to wash my hands anyway, and I've just used my hands+loo paper to wipe excrement from somewhere else, so I don't think that wiping it off a toilet bowl is really any dirtier (especially since my actual hand hopefully never touches anything bad anyway).

Leaving a skiddy toilet is gross and disrespectful to the person who has to clean it, especially when you consider the wages that most cleaners get. Minimum wage is not enough to deal with a stranger's poo, IMO.

cwm:

--- Quote from: Teenyweeny on October 21, 2013, 01:03:28 PM ---I have to say, If I've left a mess, I wipe it up with a bit of loo roll. I'm about to wash my hands anyway, and I've just used my hands+loo paper to wipe excrement from somewhere else, so I don't think that wiping it off a toilet bowl is really any dirtier (especially since my actual hand hopefully never touches anything bad anyway).

Leaving a skiddy toilet is gross and disrespectful to the person who has to clean it, especially when you consider the wages that most cleaners get. Minimum wage is not enough to deal with a stranger's poo, IMO.

--- End quote ---

TMI ahead, but it seems that this thread is probably full of it. Usually when I leave anything behind, it's below the water level, in which case I'm not going to stick my hand down there. Yes, I realize it's clean water and yes, I realize I'm going to wash my hands anyway, but I'd rather not drip my way out to the sink.

I've been the person who cleans the toilets before. One of my jobs in college, I was regularly the only female available to clean the restrooms. The only other one actually had a medical reason she couldn't. I know how disgusting it is to clean that all up, and from what I've heard trading stories with co-workers, the men's was so much worse. But minimum wage or not, it's part of the job. I'm not saying it's okay to leave a huge mess, but if there's a bit of a mark in the bowl, I wouldn't consider that necessarily disrespectful to the person having to clean it. Messes happen, it's a part of life.

EllenS:
I have never seen a brush in a public toilet, except maybe a very nasty gas-station where it was obviously never used anyway.

If there is a mark, I will usually flush twice.  I wouldn't stick my hand in the bowl.

I think looking into public toilets is like eavesdropping on people - you're not going to see (hear) anything good.

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