Want to make your commune with nature a bit more homely? Gill Hook looks at two products aimed at doing just that. Are you sitting comfortably? Then I’ll begin…
We’ve all faced the prospect of using public toilets that are, er, less than desirable, whether they’re on campsites, at events or on the high street.
Now tissue maker Andrex have come up with a double whammy of products designed to make your visit possibly more comfortable and certainly more hygienic. And, purely in the name of research for campr.co.uk, I tried them out at the recent Southport Airshow, where the toilets were portable and the queues were long.
First up is the On The Go antibacterial spray, which Andrex says is the UK’s first ever portable 50ml spray that guarantees to kill 99.9% of bacteria. You can use it on your hands and also on any surfaces you want to disinfect such as the loo seat and door handles.
Despite the distraction of the cubicle shaking as a Eurofighter Typhoon thundered overhead, I noticed the spray has a pleasant smell but that it leaves a slightly sticky residue on your hands – but better than what could be there!
Andrex have also brought out an On The Go 55-sheet loo roll that has no cardboard core and is rolled inside a plastic, re-sealable, pocket-sized pack.
I have to admit that at first I wasn’t sure there was any advantage to this – who needs a special toilet roll? And it was a little tricky to get the sheets out if you lost the end!
But, watching the magnificent Vulcan fly past, it occurred to me that the roll’s handy size means you can stuff it into your bag/rucksack/car for emergencies, and because it’s wrapped in plastic it won’t go soggy in the rain.
And, faced with the prospect of using a public toilet where the tissue doubles as sandpaper, you’ll be the only one walking out with a smile.
- Gill Hook is a freelance journalist. For more information, go to gillianhook.co.uk
Andrex On The Go toilet tissue, rrp 99p. Andrex antibacterial spray, rrp £1.99.
Available from Boots and most supermarkets.