How to Open a Public-Restroom Door

Exiting a public restroom can be tricky. Touching a doorknob or push-plate means you take a chance of picking up a lot of germs. If you use a paper towel, you have to find someplace to throw it away. Enter the Toeopener, a handy tool “that attaches to doors, enabling users to open the door with their feet. It is the ideal solution for exiting a public restroom. It provides a sanitary, hands-free alternative for users to open the door and avoid touching the handle.” Even more valuable in hospitals, of course.


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  1. Patty says:

    I pull my sleeve down and grab the handle with that. It’s a problem in the summer, though, with short sleeves. I wish more restrooms would have the entrance with an offset so no door is needed, but obviously only large businesses or public areas have the space to do that.

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  2. Joshua Northey says:

    Or you could just live your life like a normal person with a functioning immune system, not worry about germs, and stay healthy.

    All the evidence that germphobia is turning our immune systems against us, and leading to more asthma, allergies, colitis, et cetera, and people are still worried about touching doorknobs…

    Tell your kids to play in the mud and eat dropped food, and watch them live a life relatively free of minor illness. Yes it is important to have good hygiene, but perfect hygiene is actually a detriment to health.

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  3. DaveyNC says:

    Or just have doors that open outward.

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  4. AnotherBadPun says:

    And as the folks around him see the door opened with such cleanliness and panache, a cry rings out – “What a feat!”

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  5. Ouch says:

    So you wedge your foot in there to open the door and at the same time someone pushes the door open from the inside. Ouch. I think I’d rather deal with a few germs than a broken foot.

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  6. Christopher says:

    It always strikes me as ridiculous when people refuse to touch bathroom door handles. I suppose the logic is that some people don’t wash their hands. But once leaving the bathroom, the non-hand-washers touch everything else too — elevator buttons, other door handles, etc — so either wear disposable gloves to wear all day or just suck it up and touch the door handle like a normal person!

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    • NK says:

      No, but the germs on the hands of the non-washers DIE when they leave the bathroom, see ?

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    • x_crystal says:

      Okay.. So instead of preventing one problem, we should just not prevent anything and let germs roam around? Germs are not completely avoidable, but protecting ourselves against some is better than being susceptible to all the possible ways.

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  7. Another David says:

    I’m so tired of society being so afraid of germs. Why have immune systems for a reason! They need a workout every once in a while so that they’re strong enough to do what they have to do, when they have to do it. You don’t have to go around licking subway seats, but you shouldn’t be afraid to touch a friggin door handle.

    I can see this being practical in a hospital, and I’m not complaining about that. Restaurants too, but more so because people’s hands are often full of dishes and whatnot.

    Seriously, though. Come on, people.

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  8. Jeff says:

    I don’t know why more doors for public restrooms, etc., aren’t hung to swing out. That way you can simply push the door open with your foot, hip, or shoulder on your way out.

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    • Pete says:

      If the door swung out when leaving the bathroom there would be a greater chance of hitting somebody with the door. I realize that there is a chance of hitting the person already in the bathroom with the door when you enter, but they most likely have their hand out getting ready to grab the handle and thus can stop the door from hitting them at full force.

      Generally speaking, there are also more people to hit on the outside of the bathroom than on the inside. Everybody that uses the bathroom will be near the door on the outside of the bathroom at some point. Depending on where the bathroom is located, so will other non-bathroom users. Inside the bathroom you will only have bathroom users. Lets say a water fountain is located next to the bathroom. By swinging the door outward when leaving, you would be risking injuring bathroom uses AND water fountain users.

      Even if you hit someone that is inside the bathroom with the door, you will generally have an easier time cleaning up any blood than outside the bathroom. Again, each environment is different, but I’d be willing to bet that blood removal on the inside of a bathroom is easier than whatever is immediately outside of the bathroom in at least 50 percent of the bathrooms in first world countries.

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