There are many different types of toilets around the world. There are also many different ways to clean yourself after you are finished using the toilet. A lot depends on national mores and local resources. The most common choice in the Western world is toilet paper, sometimes used in conjunction with the bidet; see toilet paper for a discussion of the many alternatives used through history and in different cultures.
Some toilet areas are specially adapted for people with disabilities. These are wide enough to allow the entry by a person in a wheelchair and often feature hand-holds bolted to the wall, enabling the person to maneuver onto the toilet if necessary.
The most common type of toilet in the West is the flush toilet, although the squat toilet is still somewhat common in public restrooms in southern and eastern Europe (including parts of France, Greece, Italy, and the Balkans) as well as East Asia (China and Japan) and other places. However, there are many different types of toilets:
-- Squat toilet
-- Chemical toilet
-- Toilet with built-in bidet
-- Wall-hung urinal
-- Floor-length urinal
-- Gutter type urinal
-- Dry toilet
-- Pit toilet: very commonly in camping grounds in the United States. Also known as an outhouse in the U.S.
-- Composting toilet: Very commonly found in camping grounds in Europe, and large climbing parks. Also found in some modern ecologically designed buildings.
-- Urine-diverting, dry composting: a source-seperation toilet that keeps urine and faeces seperate and simplifies the composting process. Can also be called an ecosan (from ecological sanitation) toilet, and is a viable alternative to flush sanitation in urban areas .
-- Head: a toilet on a boat, which often has a pump to bring cleaning sea water in and move waste outside the hull
In the home, a toilet may or may not be in the same room as a shower, bathtub, and/or wash basin.
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