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My husband thinks IABU for NOT allowing

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Nooneelseisallowedafergus Mon 14-Jan-13 20:06:38

Toilet brushes in the house.

I have a toilet duck one with disposable brushes which you flush after one use.
And strongly feel this is the only option for hygiene. I can't bear the thought of my toddler or baby getting their hands on a poo encrusted toilet brush, or god forbid coming anywhere near the poo water which is always to be found pooling in the bottom of the toilet brush holder.

In my opinion it is beyond minging to own them, especially if you have young children in the house.

My husband thinks I am an anal germ hater.

What say the wise users of Mumsnet?

DiamondDoris Tue 15-Jan-13 21:11:43

There are pros and cons to having a toilet brush. I personally don't have one - I pour bleach and hot water around the bowl and use a coarse sponge thing round the bowl with jif - wearing gloves of course, which are my "toilet gloves". I then put the sponge in a freezer bag and dispose of straight away. It's a faff but I can't have a toilet brush around because of my son - he is SN and I'd fear he'd use it as a hairbrush <boak> If your DH insists on having a toilet brush, maybe he should clean the toilet (apologies if he does do this).

cantspel Tue 15-Jan-13 21:15:40

In the name of research i have just done a poo and made sure i left a skiddy. Nice little bum wiggle to ensure poo hit the porcelain above and below the waterline.

I ignored my friendly loo brush sitting in the corner waiting to dive in and save me from said skiddy and instead gave it a blast of parazone. One hour later and kiddy is remained firmly attached to my loo bowl. A few seconds later and it is now gone as trust loo brush and cleaned said skiddy away and is now reflecting in glory back in its holder poo free and ready for the its next battle against poo streaks.

This experiment was done under controlled conditions and no children or animals were harmed.

Oh and yes i do have far too much free time on my hands (but no poo)

HazleNutt Tue 15-Jan-13 21:27:16

so guests better not leave any marks, or else..but on the other hand are not provided with anything to clean the marks up with - therefore yes, are expected to stick the hands in the bowl and scrub the mark with the negligible protection that a damp toilet paper offers.

I think I'll start carrying my own disposable gloves, just in case.

Unfortunatlyanxious Tue 15-Jan-13 21:40:14

I have germ phobia, I do however have a loo brush. No one wants their dc sucking on a loo brush . Your child is probably more in danger if left alone in a bathroom at such a young age that they do not know to not touch the loo brush. From stuff such as scalding water or getting stuck on the loo, to eating soap.

Putting the disposable bit of your toilet duck thing in seems more unhygienic to me.

elizaregina Tue 15-Jan-13 21:55:10

" "toilet gloves"." - disposable?

Hazle - had a good think after your do you leave gloves/equipment out comment...

TBH it had never ever occured to me that a guest may want to use my loo brush for thier own marks -infact I only ever thought they were for blockages!

Now the idea is in my mind, I would never ever ever want - a " germ denier" taking hold of a loo brush - scrubbing thier shit with it - and dripping water and crap all the way back to the loo brush holder.

Also I have never noticed any evidence left though after a guest has used the loo.

Bogeyface Netherlands Tue 15-Jan-13 21:56:55

What about double wipers?

Wipe, hmm, nope not clean enough. Use the SAME HAND to back for more paper and thereby possibly infect your whole loo roll with their "germs".

Thingiebob Tue 15-Jan-13 22:18:26

Bogeyface - Double wipers eh? Never thought of that. Something else for the poo hysterics to freak out about.

Hazle - If you, god forbid, are unlucky enough to touch your own poo, then a scrub with soap and water will always wash it off!

So really what everyone is saying is that a loo brush is needed for visitors?

INeedThatForkOff Tue 15-Jan-13 22:28:23

Yep, Hazle, that's about the jist of it. And if you don't like it, don't shit in my toilet grin

Permanentlyexhausted Tue 15-Jan-13 23:08:14

Those flushing anything anything other than human excrement and toilet paper down the loo may eventually discover that a poo-infected loo brush is infinitely more preferable to the poo-infected water seeping into their houses from their blocked drains.

seeker Wed 16-Jan-13 06:20:57

I'm fascinated that the couple of us who've said "but what about the environment ?" have been studiously ignored.......

Bogeyface Netherlands Wed 16-Jan-13 09:02:29

I noticed that too Seeker hmm

valiumredhead Wed 16-Jan-13 09:05:17

I bet all the disposable wipes/toilet duck thing users are the ones who tut at me for using my tumble drier and washing machine every day wink

CaptChaos United States Wed 16-Jan-13 10:50:27

Up until recently we had a loo with a poo shelf, along with water so hard you had to chip it out of the taps.

I used a loo brush along with WCEnte and it cleaned it up a treat. I then put a little squirt of the loo cleaner in the water receptacle. We all survived! Even my mindees did.

Hobbitation Wed 16-Jan-13 14:10:44

Type 5 2/3 times a day for me. With skids! I used to suffer with IBS though and it could be anything from 1-7.

I use disposable wipes but only for my bottom (that are meant to be flushed).

GreenShadow England Wed 16-Jan-13 14:27:35

So much depends on the design of the loo.

We recently had a new bathroom and the WC is slightly odd instead of poo falling straight down into the water, it tends to land on the back of the bowl, just above water level (is that what you mean by a poo shelf CaptChaos?). REally annoying and seems such a basic design fault (wasn't a particularly cheap loo either). I never remember to sit forward when on it and would guess no one else does, judging by the daily mess....

Nooneelseisallowedafergus Wed 16-Jan-13 14:45:30

My toddler does type 5s. Although didn't know about the classification until yesterday.
Another thing to be smug about.....'my child does type 5 poos don't you know, a sign of an extremely high functioning bowel, if there was a grammar school for bowel movements each and every one of his poos would get a place'.

Permanentlyexhausted Wed 16-Jan-13 23:09:50

Hobbitation I use disposable wipes but only for my bottom (that are meant to be flushed).

Well, they say they are flushable but if you asked a drain clearing expert I think you'll find they have a different opinion.

They'll go as far down your drains as they can until they get caught on something. Then, because they don't disintegrate like toilet paper does, they just stay there. Then the next 'flushable' wipe comes along ... and so on, until the waste water can no longer seep past the blockage and flows back the way it came.

Don't say you weren't warned!!

Nooneelseisallowedafergus Sun 20-Jan-13 19:03:07

Quick update.
I am still using the disposable loo brush system, and loo wipes for that matter, but I am putting them all in the bin after use, NOT flushing them anymore.
So if you have a blocked drain you don't have to look in my direction anymore!

CocktailQueen Tue 22-Jan-13 10:48:19

I'm fascinated that the couple of us who've said "but what about the environment ?" have been studiously ignored.......

I agree, Seeker! What's mroe important??!

coraltoes Tue 22-Jan-13 11:16:21

I banned all toilet use on this basis, adults are given nappies upon arrival and asked to dispose of them at home. No germs.

I've successfully wiped 'residue' from the toilet bowl with a piece of toilet tissue, whist wearing my rubber gloves (which are only used for toilet/bathroom cleaning, and washed (in handwash) between uses).

Anything else that goes down the toilet is either a bodily fluid/excretion, toilet paper or eco-friendly cleaning product. (I'm with the environment bods on this).

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