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How a Simple Paper Funnel Is Making Indian Toilets Safer for Women

The “Pee Buddy” sounds a bit silly, but it just might be a major milestone in female hygiene across India.

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“When you’ve gotta go,” says that old adage, “you’ve gotta go.” But for millions of women across India, “going” is not quite as easy a proposition as it is for that country’s men. When it comes to restrooms in the capital city of Delhi, for example, there is a reported 10 to 1 ratio in favor of men’s public toilets, making it excessively difficult for many women to answer nature when it calls. What’s more, many of the women’s toilets are dirty, poorly maintained, and decidedly unhygienic, which presents a particular problem for anyone unable to stand while peeing. Often, women are faced with the choice of using unsanitary facilities and assuming the health risks thereof, or simply holding it in until they find a clean lady’s room, an option that can take considerable time to pan out, and lead to bladder infections and UTIs.

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Teenage Inventors Made Trips to the Bathroom Much Less Gross

There’s a weapon to fight against disgusting restroom germs.

Photo by Steve Snodgrass/Flickr.

No matter how hard we scrub, sanitize, and wash, bathrooms are fundamentally gross. As the space we set aside to focus solely on our bodies (to say nothing of the fluids, excretions, and expulsions thereof), they are a breeding ground for all manners of bacteria, germs, and fungi. Despite being dedicated to hygiene, bathrooms run the constant risk of becoming decidedly unhygienic, none more so than public restrooms with their revolving door of guests, each of whom adheres to their own personal code of sanitary upkeep.

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We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.

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Winner Announced: GOOD's Hospital Hand-Washing Challenge

We asked GOOD readers for ideas about how best to get doctors and nurses to regularly wash their hands. See the winning entry inside.


Last month we asked the GOOD community to come up with a better way to remind doctors and nurses to wash their hands. Health professionals are woefully forgetful when it comes to scrubbing up before working with patients, and their absentmindedness can lead to deadly infections for patients.

After combing through the many, many entries, we've decided to name Taylor Baldry the winner. Baldry gave us six solutions to choose from, each of which was inventive and wonderfully sketched. You can also see more of Taylor's work on his blog, Project Centaur.

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Confession: I Didn't Always Wash After Peeing; Now I Will

Let's settle one of man's greatest debates: You really should be washing your hands after you pee.

I'm going to be straight with you: I used to not wash my hands after peeing. Before you write me off completely, you should know that I've always washed my hands after shitting (I'm not a monster!), just as I've always scrubbed up if I'm about to eat food. But for as long as I can remember, chances are that if I were taking a quick break at the urinal at a bar or movie theater, I would zip up and breeze right past the sinks when I was finished.

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