Modern toilets are oval shaped and longer front to back than side-to-side. They use less water in the basin and are taller. That means modern toilets give you two advantages over old toilets in order to reduce splattering:
- The toilet being taller means your pee has less energy as it strikes the surface of the water since you are closer to the water since the toilet is tall (physics reminder: potential energy due to gravity, as your pee exits your body, =
m*g*h(mass x gravity x height)), and
- having less water in the basin and a differently-shaped basin means you can aim your pee at the inner sidewall of the basin to keep it from splattering. i.e.: your pee strikes the angled porcelain instead of the water, leaving very little if any splatter on and around the toilet.
But, I live in an apt. with an old toilet that is super short to the ground with deep water and no place in the bowl where I can pee onto the porcelain instead of into the water. I'm a clean guy, so after each pee there is water splattered all over the place, from the rim to the seat to the inner part of the seat lid to the floor, and so I clean it up with about 10 squares of toilet paper... each and every time I pee.
In summary, the problems with my toilet which increase splattering from the old-toilet shape include:
- deep water--more splatters
- no side-wall porcelain I can pee on--so I pee into the water where it splatters
- low toilet (high kinetic energy for my pee as it strikes the water) --> more splatters
How can I reduce this splattering?
I thought about sitting and have done it a couple times, but that's just a pain-in-the-butt. It takes so much longer than standing.
This is a serious question. I'm going through a lot of clean-up toilet paper just from peeing. I'd like to save more trees.