Giddel toilet cleaning robot: Reviews are mixed

The Giddel toilet cleaning robot.
The Giddel toilet cleaning robot.

The Giddel toilet cleaning robot is meant to handle a chore many homeowners find unpleasant. Namely, cleaning toilets. The $500 robot from Altan Robotech will scrub your toilet inside and out, but reviews are mixed on whether the appliances is worth the expense.

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Bacteria free surface: Toilets in the news

A new antimicrobial coating is being tested to keep toilets on the International Space Station free of bacteria. The silver- and ruthenium-based antimicrobial coating was developed by Elisabeth Grohmann of Beuth University of Applied Sciences Berlin and is credited with an 80 percent reduction in bacteria levels. Read more.

Consumers choose where to do business based on how clean restrooms are, says a new study. The Bradley Corporation’s annual Healthy Hand Washing Survey shows 64 percent of consumers “make a conscious decision to choose a business based on the fact that it has cleaner, well-maintained restrooms.” Read more.

An airline passenger shocked followers on Twitter by posting a video of her licking an airline toilet. The woman reports that the stunt made her tongue go numb. Read more.

A small German town that accidentally ordered a 12-year supply of toilet paper in 2006 has finally used the last roll. Read more.

New York’s mayor is advising residents on what they are allowed to flush down the toilet. Allowed: Poop, pee, vomit and toilet paper. Not allowed: Everything else. Read more. Related: Can I flush paper towels down the toilet? and Can I flush tampons down the toilet?

A Fort Lauderdale man found an iguana crawling in his toilet. The fire department responded to help fish out the reptile. Read more.

China is warning consumers about the risk of shock from poorly made smart toilet seats, which provide heated seats and warm water rinses. Inspectors found some of the seats made in China did not have proper safeguards. Read more.

Can I flush paper towels down the toilet?

The short answer to the question “can I flush paper towels” is “no.” The long answer is “never flush paper towels down the toilet.” While toilet paper is designed to disintegrate in water, paper towels will not break down in the same manner and they will not easily move down the sewer line, potentially creating a clog.

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Can I flush tampons down the toilet?

If you’ve heard some people tell you it’s OK to flush tampons while others warn against the practice you may be confused about conflicting instructions and wondering, “Can I flush tampons down the toilet?” Despite what some  may tell you, you should never flush tampons down the toilet.

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A throne for Susan Sarandon’s Oscar

From the celebrity toilet file we find that the bathroom is a popular location for celebrities to display their Oscar statuettes. Susan Sarandon is probably most famous for keeping her Oscar in the bathroom. She has even Tweeted confirmation and a photo of her Oscar for Dead Man Walking on display in her bathroom.

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Review: ‘The All New Illustrated Guide to Everything Sold in Hardware Stores’

Review of The All New Illustrated Guide to Everything Sold in Hardware StoresIf you’ve ever walked into a hardware store and looked at the racks of nails and wondered which is right for your project, you could use The All New Illustrated Guide to Everything Sold in Hardware Stores (Cool Springs Press, digital galley), by Steve Ettlinger and Phil Schmidt. This is a good book for new home buyers or those interested in tackling projects around the home who need help making sense of the myriad or projects on store shelves.

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Big John provides comfort with a large toilet seat

The Big John Toilet Seat offers super-size comfort for those who could use the extra room that comes from a large toilet seat. Any plus-size consumers who find standard toilet seats too low and too unsupportive for their needs should consider upgrading to an oversized toilet seat.

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