Letting It ‘Mellow if It’s Yellow’ Is Way Better for the Environment

“If it’s yellow, let it mellow!” Or as they say in the Caribbean, “In the land of sun and fun, we do not flush for number 1.” It’s a maxim held dear by the selective flusher, and despite what cleaning product commercials might have you believe, the practice isn’t necessarily uncouth.

But is it as gross as your partner, spouse or roommate claims?
First, let’s break down the “yellow” in question (aka urine). Essentially, it’s water mixed with the substances excreted by your kidneys: These include nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium; salts; and traces of any pharmaceuticals you happen to be taking, to name a few — more than 3,000 chemical compounds in all. And though most of us grew up hearing that urine is sterile, at least one recent study claims that there’s actually some bacteria in it after all.
That said, it’s pretty unlikely that you’ll catch anything from the liquid contents of your toilet. For one, you’re (presumably) not actually touching the inside of the bowl, and while BYU researchers have documented the artfully named phenomenon of “male splashback,” as long as everyone washes their hands after a visit to the men’s room, you should be just fine. In terms of spreading germs, in fact, it’s actually flushing that’s more likely to do this than anything else, since it can cause germs to be fired up to six feet out of the bowl to drift throughout your bathroom.
So if selective flushing isn’t technically unhygienic, is it, for want of a better word, dirty? If you’re healthy and well-hydrated — and you don’t much care for asparagus — your pee shouldn’t have a strong color or odor, and if you clean your toilet regularly, you shouldn’t be seeing any strange buildup in the bowl, so going a few rounds between flushes won’t be too unpleasant.
Another major pro is that not flushing is a significant water-saver. A standard throne uses 1.6 gallons of water per flush, so if you flush three times a night, that’s 4.8 gallons down the drain. But if you flush every third time, you’re saving 3.2 gallons of water per night, 22.4 gallons per week, 89.6 gallons per month and 1,075 gallons a year — that’s enough to fill a small tanker truck over the next five years.

If you like the idea of saving water but find the thought of a toilet steeped in stale urine gives you the creeps, you also could try Why Flush, a citrus-scented “toilet water neutralizer” liquid that claims to “neutralize” urine while dyeing the water a pleasing blue-green color.
Alternatively, you could just go pee in the ocean.
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By Kenneth T.

My blog, My way Welcome to a little piece of my life. Here you will find things concerning my everyday experiences and or my thoughts on everyday happenings. For instance you may find thoughts of my Farmstead, which is as my wife calls it, our Accidental Farming life. Perhaps on a whim, I might just jump on a soap box about what's going on with my crazy family (the immediate one, that is).~You don't need to put a penny in the coin slot for any commentary there~ You may find, new additions to what I call "Hobby-time". Ahh yes, my hobby... I make pinback buttons (some call them badges). Sorry for the shameful plug ;-) *** And then there is the outside the box or "Offtrack" thinking, part of me. Which can be anything else from aliens to the zoology of the Loch Ness monster, but will probably be more mundane as health concerns, for instance, to vaccinate or not. Is the Earth Flat or is it Hollow? Is there a dome? Is any of it real? Do you really want to know? Police brutality and the continuing corruption of established government, Big Business, Big Oil, Big Brother. Can we survive? Should we survive? The coming montrary collapse. There is so much going on, more then we see outside our windows.

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