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New Slippery Toilet Coating Developed By Scientists

Toilet cleaning problems no more. Recently, scientists have managed to create a new type of super-slippery coating that will make sure any excrement on the toilet will be ushered down without leaving behind any traces, meaning that the toilet brush need never leave its handle ever again.

Spray-on Toilet Coating

Slipperier than Teflon, the new spray-on coating can reduce any adhesion of any excrement by up to 90 percent. This means that leaving the bathroom clean would be so much easier, and toilets would be using far less water.

According to researchers from the Penn State University, the new coating can help prevent odors and disease-causing germs from building up inside toilet bowls, as well as help cut down household water consumption by a considerable amount.

“I was very happy to see how easily the faecal matter slid off our coated surface. My research group was known for developing highly slippery coatings to repel sticky substances,” Tak-Sing Wong, who led the research at Penn State University, said. According to him, the idea started back in 2015, when researchers from the Cranfield University came to ask him for help. Back then, the researchers were making a modern toilet before encountering the common problem of bad-smelling waste building up on the surface of the toilet, usually filled with disease-causing bacteria and germs.

Wong’s team then spent the following years developing a new coating to help counteract this, calling it “liquid entrenched smooth surface,” or Less. After a series of experiments that tested the coating via different types of fecal matter, the team was successful. From there, Wong founded a company to help sell the coating.

According to Wong, toilets use more than 141bn liters of water every day to flush, which is nearly six times the daily water consumption of people in Africa. Through the product, he hopes to help cut the amount of water used for flushing since other parts of the world are suffering from severe water scarcity.

“This time the problem is not eggs sticking to a cooking pan, but poo sticking to the toilet pan,” Mark Miodownik, professor of materials and society at UCL, said.

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