My Greatest Fear #50: Spraying Toilet Water in My Eyes

toilet brushWhen I was a kid, one of the weekly chores I had to take care of was cleaning the toilets. The method my parents taught me was to squirt cleaning fluid in the toilet, roll up my sleeves, and clean the toilet with an old rag. For some reason it never occurred to my parents the amount of disgusting bacteria that ended up on my delicate fingers.

So as an adult, I always use a toilet brush to clean the toilet. However, the one downside to the stiff bristles of the toilet brush is that they tend to flick water around the bowl. Which is fine if the water stays in the bowl, but…what if it doesn’t? What if it sprays toilet water into my eyes?

To prevent this from happening, I squint my eyes tight so there’s just enough of a gap for me to see what I’m doing. I really should get goggles for this. In fact, as I’m typing this, I remembered that I have racquetball goggles. They would be perfect for this.

Do you clean your toilets using this method? Have you ever sprayed toilet water in your eyes?

Also see:

My Greatest Fear #9: Ice Shattering into My Eyes

My Greatest Fear #14: Eyeball Papercuts

My Greatest Fear #30: Spraying Myself in the Eyes with PAM

My Greatest Fear #48: Getting a Potato Chip in My Eye

I’m sensing a pattern here…


10 Responses to “My Greatest Fear #50: Spraying Toilet Water in My Eyes”

  1. RodeoClown says:

    You should move to Australia, our toilets have the water set to a much lower level, which means I don’t think I’ve *ever* flicked toilet water out of the bowl when cleaning.

    • Jamey Stegmaier says:

      Possibly! That looks quite high-tech!

      • seekingsheltercomic says:

        We use denture tablets. They do all the hard work, so you don’t have to use stiff bristled brush.

        • Jamey Stegmaier says:

          That’s a good idea. I tried that for a while but forgot to order more after the pack ran out. Thanks for the reminder!

          • JT says:

            Given your eye-related concerns, I suggest wearing protective goggles. Perhaps permanently, a la Molly Millions.

            For this particular one, you can adjust the amount of water that flows into the bowl if you have a lever on the inside of your fill system in the cistern.

  2. Jamey Stegmaier says:

    In a cruel twist of fate, I actually hit myself in the eye with a pillow today. No, not during a pillow fight. Just sitting down to read a book, grabbed a pillow, and hit myself in the eyeball with it.

    I take all these precautions against ice, papercuts, PAM, potato chips, and toilet water, and what gets me? A pillow.

    • Jasmin says:

      Been there, done that. Pillow, toilet water, onion juice, orange juice, lemon juice, my own knuckle. And I wear glasses! Things sometimes just miraculously go behind the lens and get my already poor sight.

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