11 THINGS THAT SHOULD BECOME UNIVERSAL

Sometimes discovering something for the first time makes everything that came before it seem obsolete.

Sometimes you get so used to something that when you encounter its inferior and outdated brethren, you weep for humanity.

Without further ado, here are 11 things that now that I know they exist, I cannot comprehend why they aren't a standard and universal thing.


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WATER BOTTLE FILLING STATION WATER FOUNTAINS

It sends me into a rage now every time I have to do the half-tilt maneuver to get my water bottle hopefully half-filled at a regular water fountain.

Also, stop buying bottled water. Please just purchase a refillable water bottle or two. It will be much cheaper and less harmful to the environment than plastic water bottles.


ENTRANCE MAZES

Businesses that have a door-less entry to their bathrooms care about you more than those that don't. So many germs and other disgusting contaminates are avoided by having the zig-zag wall maze to replace the door. Sure, there's always the threat of that awkward moment when you practically smack faces with someone turning the other corner, but that's a small price to pay for better hygene.


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FOOT DOOR OPENERS

Ok, so not every place can alter their existing bathroom entrances to accommodate the entrance maze. Enter, the foot door opener. A cheap, easy to install, elegant solution. All health codes should be updated so that no business is without these. In fact, every home should get these for the bathroom doors too. If we ever move out of our van and back into a house, you can bet we'll have these.


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DYSON AIRBLADE HAND DRYERS

These are exceptionally quick, eliminate paper towels, and it's fun to see your skin flattened out. All other hand dryers are antiquated in comparison. I can blow on my hands and have about the same effect as the old hand dryers.


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ALL IN ONE LAVATORY SYSTEM

I have only seen this once, but I wait hopefully until the fateful day I run across one again. Using it is like participating in a beautiful dance of efficiency. You start with the soap on the far left that is activated with motion detection. Then you sachet over to the touchless water faucet. Finally, clean and unsullied, you move to the hand dryer intelligently positioned above a gentle slope that guides excess water back to the drain, instead of saturating the dance, I mean bathroom, floor.


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REMOVABLE SHOWER HEADS

These are not new. They've been around for ages. They exist, so why would anyone not have one? Savages! Maybe someone has lived a cursed life and hasn’t used one yet. That would really be the only reason I could imagine for finding regular, unmovable shower heads acceptable. Yes, there is always a concern about someone using it incorrectly and hosing down the entire bathroom, but other than that, it is perfect. It's not only wonderful for washing and rinsing all body parts, including your bum-bum, but it's also helpful in spraying the soapy suds from the shower walls when you're done.


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SHOWER LEDGE / SHAVING PEDESTAL

Many showers have these built in. Good. For those that don't, add one. Now. I'm sick of cutting myself while shaving because of a design flaw caused by a thoughtless fool.


FOAMING HAND SOAP

I hold my breath in anticipation when I press on the soap dispenser. Will it be gentle, soothing, foaming hand soap, or will it be the snot-like consistency of standard liquid soap? Will it be the seemingly always refreshing scent that accompanies foaming soap, or the turpentine scented slick that spills out and inevitably clogs up the dispenser? Apparently there is a debate about which is more effective. Balderdash! Sing Twinkle Twinkle Little Star (or the ABCs song, or Baa Baa Black Sheep...they're all the same song) while washing your hands like you were taught as a child. Enjoy the feeling of the foam while you wash away the problems of the world. Or at least germs.


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BOOT SCRUBBER

Temporarily leaving the bathroom, which I'm apparently obsessed with, this has been around for ages for cleaning work boots. Now it has started to show up at hiking trailheads as a way to knock the seeds from invasive species off your shoes before and after you enter a new ecosystem, so as not to spread the problematic things around. This is wonderful, environmentally, but I also just really appreciate that it cleans all the dust off my shoes before I have to go back into the car.


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WATERFALL FAUCET

And now we enter the admittedly superfluous section of the list. I first saw this in a bathtub scene of the 90s classic The Perfect Murder, starring Michael Douglas and Gwyneth Paltrow. I immediately fell in love with it. All these years later and every time I see and use this design at sinks as well as tubs, it brings me a ridiculous level of joy. Yes, I know some people complain about them having low water pressure, but that's part of  their charm. You don't end up looking like you didn't get to the bathroom on time. There is no threat of appearing to have urinated on yourself which happens all too often with too much water pressure from an overzealous standard faucet.


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SIDE SHOWER HEADS

What must certainly be considered as the next step in human evolution, the side shower head seems completely unnecessary. Until you use it. Once you discover that the lower half of your body can receive hot water at the same moment it is cascading down from your head, you will want this every time.

 

Do you have something that's completely changed your view of how things should work or be designed? Let us know!