Be thankful you have a toilet to clean

Did you know that a third of the world’s population do not have access to a toilet. 

According the the World Health Organisation “Those who make do without toilets continue to pollute water sources and jeopardise public health and safety for millions worldwide, contributing to malnutrition and childhood stunting, impairing 161 million children both physically and mentally every year.

Since 1990, 2.1 billion people have gained access to better sanitation facilities, however another 2.4 billion people have seen no improvements, including 946 million people still relieving themselves outdoors – the vast majority among the rural poor.

Diarrhoeal diseases kill 700,000 children every year, most of which could have been prevented with better sanitation. Along with the lack of toilets, 1 in 9 people around the world do not have access to safe drinking water. Without toilets and safe water—children die from preventable diseases.

India, for example, still needs to build 100 million toilets to provide everyone access. Toilets for women are in fact very important in India, but not necessarily for the reason you think. Young women needing to relieve themselves are in danger (in rural areas in particular) of being attacked and raped. Sadly only last year two teenagers were raped when they had to go outside into the dark field to relieve themselves.  A toilet closer to their home would have saved their lives.  At least 636 million Indians lack toilets, according to the latest census data, a crisis that contributes to disease, childhood malnutrition, loss of economic output and, as highlighted recently, violence against women.

So the next time you complain about cleaning your toilet, be thankful that you are one of the fortunate ones with a toilet that works well and you have 24 hour access to it in the safety of your own home.  There is no need for you or your family to wander out into the dark to find a spot in the middle of a field where it can be dangerous and frightening.

And as you turn on the tap in your kitchen or bathroom (grumbling that you have to wash the dishes)  remember that in other parts of the world, women and children spend in total 140 million hours a day collecting water (much not drinkable) just to undertake basic chores.


We need to always remember to count our blessings, each and every one.


Giving thanks always for all things to God the Father
 in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Ephesians 5:20



(source: The Guardian 1st July 2015, 29th August 2014)

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  1. I have also thought of this before & been greatful for my toilet! Great post!

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    1. When I was young my aunt only had an outside toilet some distances from the house and when we went to visit I was quite scared of going to the toilet on my own - glad mine toilet is indoors!!

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  2. Count them. Each and every one. Living a life of gratitude has enabled me to love cleaning my home. Knowing how lucky I am to have been born into a 1st world country, is something I pass onto my children, and I have seen the gratitude in their eyes when I ask them to help keep our home beautiful.
    Good timing, as it is my bathroom cleaning day!

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    1. I agree it is so important to teach your children to be thankful and not to take everything for granted. My dear husband has been cleaning my shower today and he has done a great job. He scrubbed and cleaned and now its gleaming :))

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  3. I live in a country where there are many villages without running water or adequate plumbing facilities--I've visited some of the villages with only very minimal bathroom facilities. Truly, indoor plumbing is a luxury I'm immensely grateful for! Heated water from faucets or for showers, too--that's pretty amazing.

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    1. You would understand far more than most how fortunate we truly are as most of us in the west haven't experienced rural areas without plumbing and we take hot water for granted.

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  4. True. True. No matter how many times my dishwasher breaks, or I have to clean our three toilets I am always smiling because of the blessing of even having them!

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    1. My husband very very sweet this morning and when I was out doing the groceries, he cleaned the toilet for me :))

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  5. Such an encouraging post and reminder to be grateful for what we have! I've often reminded my children of this when they complain about cleaning or doing dishes. Thanks so much for sharing at Artful Homemaking!

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    1. Glad you enjoyed it - I think it is useful to see what others don't have so we appreciate what we do have. Have a wonderful weekend.

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  6. We tend to take our amenities and facilities for granted, don't we? Important to be thankful for such blessings! :)

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    1. I had never really thought about the numbers who did n't have access to toilets until I started this as its so sad that millions and millions of people are living in such conditions.

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