Wonderful Engineering

Scientists Have Created An Ultra-Slippery Coating For Your Toilet That Won’t Let Poop Stick

A team of researchers in the US claims that it has developed an ultra-slippery toilet coating that would help with saving huge amounts of water that go to waste all over the world. Scientists at Penn State University have said that the coating helps in cutting down the amount of water required for flushing excrement by a whopping 90%.

They have also claimed that this ultra-slippery coating assists in preventing the bacteria from building up in toilet bowls and thus can also reduce the odors attributed to this bacteria. The ultra-slippery toilet coating is reportedly more slippery than Teflon. Furthermore, Teflon gets affected by urine and requires re-application after around 50 flushes.

The researchers are hopeful that this discovery would allow them to help in reducing water waste. Each day, an excess of 141 billion liters of water is used for flushing toilets. As per the researchers who have published their findings in the journal Natural Sustainability, the freshwater that is utilized each day for the sake of flushing the world’s toilets every day is about six times the total water consumption of Africa.

Tak-Sing Wong, who is the associate professor mechanical engineering at the university, said, ‘Our team has developed a robust bio-inspired, liquid, sludge- and bacteria-repellent coating that can essentially make a toilet self-cleaning. Poop sticking to the toilet is not only unpleasant to users, but it also presents serious health concerns. Our goal is to bring impactful technology to the market so everyone can benefit.’

What do you think of this ultra-slippery coating for your toilet?