Monday, July 5, 2010

One Hundred Things My Mother Taught Me A Million Times – Chapter 43

#43  “Don't flush the toilet every time you pee, that waste water; just pour a little Pine Sol in the bowl to keep the odor down.
 This "drawing' of "Saint Inez, Patron Saint of Incontinence," that I did as a joke one time, seemed appropriate for this blog post.

As gross as this one of one hundred things my mom taught me a million times sounds, I have to admit that it is really pretty practical. Bathroom behavior is not something I am really comfortable writing about, but then it’s a little hard to write about mom’s #43 without discussing pee pee, potties and tp (we will not, however be discussing poop).

So about pee pee and Pine Sol, and by the way, this is not an endorsement of Pine Sol, it just so happens that was the “disinfectant” of choice in our household. And honestly, I’m not sure it’s not the same thing as that “blue lagoon” of liquid that never seems to quite cover what needs to be covered in the bottom of a porta-potty (gag reflex engaged). 

Part of why #43 makes a lot of sense to me is because I’m a waterholic, which naturally also means I’m a pottyaholic. Yep, I’m in there about every 30-minutes between 5:00 am and 9:00 pm. A low-flow toilet uses 1.6 gallons of water per flush. That means I’m using 25.6 gallons of good, fresh, drinkable water a day, just to slosh my pee pee away. That’s pretty horrible – 25 gallons of water! Yikes. I suspect there are entire villages in Africa that survive on less than that every day. Click on Read More Below...

Then there’s the tp. We are not going to discuss my tp obsession, but suffice it to say that I really should own stock in that industry. According to Wiki, the average person takes out about 385 trees in their lifetime of whipping.  I suspect that I’m not your average user, which creates even more tree-destroying guilt! And there’s the issue of odor, which we are absolutely not going to discuss as I’m still suffering a rocky tummy due to a martini mishap that occurred a full two days ago.

So mom was right, don't flush the toilet every time you pee, just pour a little Pine Sol in the bowl to keep the odor down, that is unless your potty is a major source of liquid refreshment for your dogs, as in our household, in which case, just flush.

Happy 4th!


1 comment:

  1. Speaking of bathroom smells...I mentioned to Mommy Wade once that the bathroom smelled like a gas leak (as in the gas heater in her bathroom) and she said, "No, it's just that odor they put in with the gas." Honestly. We all had visions of the house exploding after we left.