On average, a person will spend one to four years of their life on the toilet, so it’s important for the setting to be clean.
This is the view of two Italians who have created a website whereby users, in a similar vein to Trip Advisor, will not only be able to locate the nearest public loos, but will also be able to rate their cleanliness.
The website, www.wc-advisor.com, also offers advice on how to keep a latrine and its surrounding environment clean.
It was set up by Cesare Romanin, a 33-year-old economics graduate and web engineer Marco Tonello, both from Padua.
The pair is now calling on the help of on-the-ground reviewers to lift the lid on Italy's loos, thus enabling them to build the “largest ever database of toilets.”
“The aim is to map the number of public bathrooms, which will help travellers find one when they need one,” the pair said in a message on the site.
“Users will also be able to post reviews that will let others know in advance how clean they are, whether there’s a hand dryer or paper towels, whether access is provided for disabled people, etc.”
The idea might be novelty for Italy, but it’s not the first site for public toilet reviews.
Toilet Finder rates thousands across New York and even has a section for the city’s most popular. Late last year, the site’s founder offered to pay $100 to toilet-goers who contributed the “wittiest” reviews.
An app called iToilet, also available in New York, helps people find the nearest toilet, while recommending whether they’re suitable for “sitting” or “squatting”, based on user ratings.