Self-cleaning toilets: Genius!

Apartment Therapy recently posted an article that immediately caused me to remember a similar Gizmodo post that I loved from a couple years ago. Ever since I first saw that Gizmodo article I have decided that people in Switzerland are brilliant:

Not only are these self-cleaning toilets perfect for public spaces, but I would love to have one in my home. Time saving, “clutter” clearing, and sanitary. It’s the Litter-Robot for humans.

21 Comments for “Self-cleaning toilets: Genius!”

  1. posted by Sherri (Serene Journey) on

    That is a great idea for public spaces I agree! But if I didn’t have to clean the toilets at home, what other excuse would I use when I’m procrastinating? πŸ˜‰

    Neat idea though!

  2. posted by timgray on

    They have been available in Japan for nearly a decade.

    Honestly the Top of the toilet technology chain is Japan. They seem to be almost obsessed with bathroom cleanliness.

  3. posted by nicole 86 on

    I’ve already seen that kind of toilets in France ( in public places).

  4. posted by Springpeeper on

    If you had this at home, you would still have to clean the cleaning apparatus. My bet is that it would be grosser and more difficult to clean than a simple toilet. There are some things you just can’t get away from…

  5. posted by Karyn on

    Seriously, I wish we had these at the 24-hour grocery store where I work. At least we got the self-flushing ones, which helps keep things from, um, piling up inside, but THIS would be the perfect antidote to all the people who can’t seem to pee without getting it all over the seat. I guess there are women who hover, rather than sit, so they don’t have to touch the Icky Toilet Seat, but in the process they end up making the toilet seat really icky for the rest of us who aren’t trying to practice yoga asanas while taking a whizz.

  6. posted by Peter (a different one) on

    Just another sign of the forth coming robot overlords.

  7. posted by Ginger on

    These are totally awesome.

    The first time I saw them was at the Grand Casino in Monte Carlo, Monaco.

    It blew my mind. I really wish we could get some better toilet technology over in North America!

  8. posted by knitwych on

    Karyn, you’ve hit on one of my biggest pet peeves – the hover-peers who don’t clean up the seat! I really, really want to strangle these women! Or at least haul them back into the bathroom, shove their heads into the toilet and give ’em a swirly for 15-20 minutes before making them clean the seat. Women gripe about how men spray, but I’ve seen far worse messes in a Ladies room than I have in a unisex toilet.

    As for the self-cleaning toilet, if I were wealthy enough to afford that, I’d probably be able to afford a maid to clean my toilet for me. πŸ˜‰

  9. posted by Matt on

    Ze Frank was a big fan of this when he saw it in Austria. Video link:

  10. posted by Lia on

    We do have these in the US, although not exactly the same. I took these pics at Newark Airport last year…

  11. posted by Jessica C. on

    these have been in Europe FOREVER… I think I saw them for the first time 12 years ago and here is my issue with them. How often are they changing the sponge or what ever is in there to clean the seat?? Let me tell you the one at the public bathroom I used was NEVER cleaned because it cleaned itself — it gets uber nasty really quickly.

  12. posted by Pascal Forget on

    Bad idea.

    A dry toilet seat doesn’t hold that much microbes (less than the keyboard you are typing on). By the way, pee is normally sterile and easy to wipe with toilet paper.

    Somebody has to regularly clean the self-cleaning mecanism and make sure there is enough disinfectant in it. Otherwise, the wet toilet seat will grow more bacteria than a dry one.

    And worst: If somebody has the bad idea of pooping on the seat, the self-cleaning mecanism spreads all over and makes things worst. Saw it once. Very, very gross.

    Self-cleaning toilet? I think it’s just security theater to make people feel good.

  13. posted by Kalle on

    @Peter (a different one): I for one welcome our robot overlords. And selfcleaning toilets. But, as Springpeeper, I’m afraid cleaning the cleaning apparatus might be a disgusting chore. Maybe we could have that automated, too?

  14. posted by Karyn on

    @Pascal Forget: You may have some good points about the limitations of a self-cleaning toilet mechanism. I really just want people to stop peeing all over the toilet seats. πŸ˜€

    And yeah, it does make good theater: “I’m just sitting here watching the wheels go round and round…”

  15. posted by Sheryl on

    I think that people that pee on toilet seats and don’t clean up after themselves should be punished by being made to clean the self-cleaning thingy (preferably after somebody has pooped on the seat.)

    Yes, it’s one of my pet peeves too.

  16. posted by Daniel on

    You’ll notice the toilet seat is round. That’s so the seat cover can rotate in place. Seat comfort takes a back seat (pun intended) to functionality.

  17. posted by Balu on

    Those have a big problem:


  18. posted by Erin on

    They have similar ones in New York City, I think It was in Saks Or Macys where the seat is covered in plastic and when you stand up the toilet sucks up the plastic you just sat on and rolls on another piece. I thought that was nice but very wasteful. Whoever said it would eliminate the ones who hover and pee on the seat, I agree 1005 sometimes I skip using my office bathroom and go to target because their bathrooms are cleaner, makes me a little annoyed

  19. posted by wooddave on

    My doubt about how well this really works in practice goes back to what Murphy had to say on cleaning:

    Murphy’s Law of Cleaning

    In order for something to become clean, something else has to become dirty.

    1st Corollary to Murphy’s Law of Cleaning

    If cleaning is not done properly, everything becomes dirty and nothing becomes clean.


  20. posted by D on


    “why don’t we have these in America?”

    “because we’d probably break them”

    nuf said.

  21. posted by Paul Mitchell on

    I’m from Ohio in the USA. Went to Liberia last summer and had a layover in Brussels right next to the airport.
    Was amazed at the toilets in the public restrooms there and being a plumber had to get down on my hands and knees to look under at the mechanism that caused the toilet seat to spin around like an LP record. Just found this site and WOW there was the very toilet (closet) seat like was in Brussels. Very good…good memories!

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