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Old 09-29-2008, 05:30 PM - Thread Starter
 
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I can't figure out who else to ask, so I'm putting this out there. Some public toilets that I use, like the ones at work, are self-flushing, but they start way too soon-- at least for me. Now there's no way to know if I use the bathroom "normally" as I don't have the opportunity to compare with others, so here's what I do: sit down, pee, stand up, wipe, throw the used TP in the toilet, flush (if it's not automatic), leave the stall. As far as I know that's pretty standard! So here's my problem: a lot of the toilets flush themselves the *second* I stand up, giving me NO time to wipe and drop the wipe into the toilet. This leaves me either having to leave TP in the toilet for the next user (ewww) or use the over-ride feature on the auto-flusher and flush AGAIN. I'm not what you'd call a serious environmentalist, but flushing twice for one pee doesn't go down well with me.

Am I alone out here? Do I pee funny somehow? Or are there a lot of other women quietly having the same problem?

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Well, they are designed to flush when you stand up. I don't stand up to wipe, they wait to flush once I am done, wiped and then stand up.

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The toilets where I work are the same as yours WeasleyMum. They are really, really annoying. They frequently flush while I am going, and then again when I stand up. Other people complain about this. The least tiniest bit of motion sets them off. They seem incredibly environmentally unfriendly to me, and I vote them one of the Worst Inventions Ever.
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I don't stand up to wipe, they wait to flush once I am done, wiped and then stand up.
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Although, some of them will even flush if I lean too far forward for some reason?

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Although, some of them will even flush if I lean too far forward for some reason?
Yes, this happens to me, too. It's a delicate balance.
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pee wipe then stand.

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Yes wipe while sitting.

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They almost always flush while I am still on them, frequently before I even attempt to wipe. I used to think it was because I was thin and the eye of the sensor didn't always register that I was still there, but it happened when I was pregnant, too. And I was 179lbs while pregnant. It even caused me to have to go home and shower and change once.

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I was on one today and I leaned forward a little to try to get some toilet paper to come out and it flushed on me!! yuck! they always seem to splash a little too. :

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Yeah it sometimes happens if I move while I am peeing.

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I think most people wipe while sitting.
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You can cover the sensor. I tend to have post-it notes in my purse, they work great. otherwise a little toilet paper can work if you 'stick it' to the sensor.

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I learned to wipe while still siting down.

THAT being said, some of the toilets will flush if you simply lean forward a little (like to reach the TP). Some of them flush while you're still peeing, or before you're done wiping, or while you're sitting and then again when you stand up. OR they have the opposite problem, you get done, stand up, wave your hand around, yada yada and they STILL won't flush.

Self-flushing toilets are a big JOKE. I'm not even sure what the point is, most people flush with their foot, or some TP, so it's not a "touching" issue IMO, and they certainly don't save water by flushing 15x


Although, some of the newer ones seem to be a lot better than the older ones.
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Am I alone out here? Do I pee funny somehow? Or are there a lot of other women quietly having the same problem?
My daughter hates self flushing toilets because they flush too soon. Or sometimes they don't flush at all. I have this problem too. Even if I don't stand all the way up, I often lean forward and possibly take my butt up off the seat, and as soon as the light changes from my body moving, it seems to flush.

I may just leave the tp there for the next person, depending on how much it is.
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Yes wipe while sitting.
Ewwww...what if I don't wanna? I wipe while sitting at home, I think, but sometimes when I'm out, depending on the space in the stall, I really have to lean forward to do it.
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I don't stand to wipe.
I dislike the self flushing toilets. They terrify dd because they are loud and random.
I have had those toilets flush before dd or I even stand up too. I like the idea of covering the sensor until you are ready for it to flush.

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I've experienced the "flushing too soon" thing too.

I live in a small town and these toilets are pretty high-tech for us I guess as we don't see them often. The public library the next town over has them though. I remember a few years ago I took my dd- she must have been about 4 or so. The toilet scared her so badly she started crying! Lol! Poor baby!

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Basically, it's not you, it's the toilet.

They are awful and agree about not being environmentally friendly. Ever noticed you also can't get them to flush when you really need them to. Hate 'em.
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Some are more sensitive than others. The way they are set can be changed, too, so if the work ones are constantly double flushing on you, you could email HR or maintenance or whomever and ask them to make them less sensitive - it seems silly, but it is a cost savings to the company to not waste the water.

I find that if you keep your feet planted in one place the whole time, they tend to not prematurely flush on you.
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I think most people wipe while sitting.
Ya, that. It never occurred to me some people would stand to wipe..??..how on earth would you reach?

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Can I ask a TMI question? Why do people stand to wipe? Wouldn't that result in some rather unpleasant dripping?
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they scare the crudd out of DS2.. REALLY bad,he was crying... and are a waste IMO

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OMG I hate those automatic toilets.

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Basically, it's not you, it's the toilet.
Yeah that. Usually the stupid toilet flushes once before I am finished, then it won't flush when I want it to, then after I leave the stall I hear it flush behind me. Argh.

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You can cover the sensor. I tend to have post-it notes in my purse, they work great. otherwise a little toilet paper can work if you 'stick it' to the sensor.
That's a good idea.

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I have to go in with dd2 and keep my hand over the sensor or she won't go on them.
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How on earth to you wipe standing up without dripping down your leg? : Lift cheek, wipe, simple!

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Can I ask a TMI question? Why do people stand to wipe? Wouldn't that result in some rather unpleasant dripping?
That is what I was wondering.

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Drape some toilet paper over the sensor. That's what I do for DS. I've heard of people carrying little post-its but I'm not that organized. Anyway when you're ready for the toilet to flush you just remove the TP from over the sensor, drop it into the toilet and let it flush away.
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I stand to wipe sometimes, and I never drip on myself. Maybe my body type is different, but I'm having a hard time picturing how one would drip on oneself simply by standing up.

FWIW, I frequently pee standing up in public restrooms to avoid sitting on the seat. I lift the seat, straddle the toilet, and pee.

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FWIW, I frequently pee standing up in public restrooms to avoid sitting on the seat. I lift the seat, straddle the toilet, and pee.
My high school had toilets in the girls' bathrooms that were designed to be straddled. They were a little higher up than usual and the bowl was very narrow, and they didn't really have a seat -- just a rim. It was kind of bizarre, and actually not very practical if you were wearing pants. Most everyone hated them.
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I climb up on the toilet set (one foot on each side) and pee standing up.
That way, you don't get spattered. Just remember to grab toilet paper before you climb up there.

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