Toilet History

Did you know?

Sanitation is a serious issue around the globe, but that does not mean that there isn't a lighter side to the topic. We would like to highlight a few fun facts about the toilets we are using today.

2,800+ years ago

King Minos of Crete had a comfy and clean seat on his toilet with running water

Ancient Rome

The Romans kept their streets clean by building outhouses directly over a canal


Sir John Harrington builds a flush toilet to keep the bathroom of Queen Elizabeth I clean and hygienic


Alexander Cummings paves the way for flush toilets for the general public by patenting his design


Home comforts away from home as the Tremont Hotel of Boston (USA) installs eight water closets

First packaged toilet paper

American Joseph Gayetty introduced the first packaged toilet paper in 1857. Toilet paper in roll form only became common around 1907.

Three years of your life

A regular person on average visits the toilet 2500 times a year, about six-eight times a day. This amounts to about three years of your life in the toilet!

First air freshener

Pomegranates with studs of cloves were used as the first toilet air-freshener


To learn more about Sanitation, Water & Energy saving and much more,
please, visit

'The History of Plumbing'
'50 fun toilet facts'