A new survey finds that almost half of British adults don’t have a toilet in their home, according to the latest British Journal of Public Health (BJPH) survey.
The survey found that just over three-quarters of Britons, or 78 per cent, said they had no access to a toilet at home, with almost two-thirds of households having no toilets at all.
The survey also found that one in five adults surveyed did not have a washing machine at home.
The study, which polled 1,200 adults, found that many people in Britain don’t feel comfortable using public transport, but that a large proportion of people who do are using private cars.
Nearly one in three people surveyed said they do not know what a private car is, but said that a carpooling option would be very useful.
Only one in four people surveyed felt comfortable using a public toilet, with most preferring to use a private toilet.
But despite the survey finding that a majority of people do not feel comfortable with public toilets, there are still many people who say they have a “soft” toilet at their home.
In fact, around half of all adults surveyed reported that they had a “somewhat” or “very” soft toilet at the home, although many people were unsure of their use of this option.BJPS survey: Soft toilets on the riseBJPL, the Public Health England team that conducted the survey, said the survey results showed that there was a “growing sense of unease” about using a toilet.
“People are increasingly using their own toilets in public places such as shops, offices, sports stadiums and other public spaces, but are uncomfortable about sharing them with others,” a spokesperson for the BJPH said.
“This means that many households are using their personal toilets in a ‘somewhere but nowhere’ way.”
The survey also revealed that people are more likely to use private toilets in their homes than public toilets.
More than half of people surveyed, or 55 per cent of those surveyed, said that they did not use a toilet outside the home.
But, only 22 per cent said they would use a public washroom in their own home, and 18 per cent were unsure about the use of a public or private toilet at work.
The report found that more than half (56 per cent) of respondents said that using public toilets “might” be necessary if they were to be safe in public, while another 14 per cent would use it “sometimes” or a “lot” of the time.
But just 11 per cent admitted to using public or public washrooms “a lot” or even daily.
The BJPL survey also showed that a substantial number of people said that public toilets in general were “better” than private toilets, with one in ten saying they felt that the public washhouses were “very clean”.
However, the survey found only one in six people would recommend a public toilets at work, while just one in seven people would suggest a private washroom.