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Where Do You Aim in a Toilet to Avoid Splash?

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From young boys to grown adults, every male is susceptible to getting a little (or a lot) of backsplash when they're standing at the toilet. So, if you find yourself cleaning up around the toilet a lot, pause, breathe, and consider why you or the men in the house are having problems with aiming. Once you know the problem, the solution can become easier to find.

Why Do Some Boys & Men Have Problems Aiming in a Toilet?

Guys of all ages may find themselves having trouble aiming at a toilet, resulting in some splash back or splashing over the toilet's edge. This is relatively common, and there are several reasons why this might happen, including:

  • Bad toilet bowl design. Some toilets and toilet bowls should never have made it through the design process! Sometimes, it is not a user error but rather a design error of the toilet bowl that contributes to splashing. For example, toilet bowls that are very shallow or feature a flat bottom are much more prone to splashing than toilet bowls with a deeper and rounder bowl.
  • Bad angle or excessive force. What angle and how much force one has with their urine stream will significantly impact how that liquid breaks the surface tension of the water. A bad angle or too much force often results in splashing outside the bowl.
  • Bad aim. The big problem is typically aim. If a guy's urine stream is hitting an improper side of the bowl or too high on the back of the bowl, then that urine stream will, more often than not, result in splashback.

How to Correct a Guy's Aim in the Toilet to Avoid Splashing

If you don't think your urine splashing problem is caused by bad toilet design, then it's time to look at how you can aim better with better angling. Let's take a look at some of the common reasons why someone might be struggling with aiming and how to remedy it:

Lack of practice

This one is mainly for younger boys just beginning to stand up and pee in a toilet bowl. Still, it may also pertain to teenagers and older guys who are using a new style of toilet bowl or are undergoing changes resulting in increased bladder pressure and urine flow changes. For these, the key is practice. Here, splashing can be reduced simply by learning better coordination, which comes following practice.

Additionally, some boys may need to be taught that different bowls require different positions or that their own physiology requires a unique technique to best help with accurate aim. For example, urinals, such as those found in most men's public restrooms, are specifically designed to minimize splashing due to their specific shape and surface texture designed to effectively direct urine flow down and out.

Younger boys who pee effectively at school or outside of the home but are having problems with splashing in the toilet at home are probably struggling due to toilet bowl differences. Here, it is important to address how different types of bowls require different techniques and encourage meaningful practice with varying styles of toilet bowls wherever possible (i.e., working one-on-one with toddlers when visiting relatives' homes).

Lack of focus or distraction

We live in an era where distractions are everywhere. That said, boys in every era have always struggled with distraction. So, if a young boy in your household is having problems with splashing at the toilet, you should consider solutions that involve returning this focus.

For example, urinal pee targets have proven to be especially helpful for boys of all ages. Urinal pee targets, sometimes called urinal screens or mats, are specifically designed to help guys better aim their urine flow to reduce splash and backsplash. An anti-splash toilet device like this is placed at the back or bottom of the toilet bowl and is designed to serve as a type of target for which guys can aim.

Urinal pee targets work because they offer a nice visual focal point for those struggling to know where the best spot to aim at is. This helps to avoid splashing caused by bad angling, but these anti-splash toilets also typically feature special textures that work to diminish the force of the urine stream or otherwise prevent as harsh of a force against the surface tension of the toilet bowl's water. This textured surface makes it so that the urine stream is dispersed more evenly to further prevent splashing incidences.

Psychological factors

Sometimes, a guy's struggle with accurately aiming in a toilet to avoid splash comes not from physical factors but psychological ones. They may practice the right physical stance or technique, but some psychological issue hinders them.

They may feel rushed or anxious, and those emotions or stressors are impacting aiming. For this problem, the solution begins with determining the anxiety's stressor or reason. Then, after that stressor is minimized or focus is otherwise improved to minimize that anxiety's impact on urine flow aim, other strategies such as those outlined above can be implemented.

Need Physical Focus? Try BowlsEye™

BowlsEye™ is an excellent example of an anti-splash toilet target. For fun and practice, our device features a bulls-eye target at which guys of every age can aim their urine flow.

These uniquely designed urinal pee targets feature alcohol cleaning pads that reduce odors and help to break up that flow so that the stream will nicely flow down into the toilet bowl without any risk of splashing out or splashing back.

So, whether you have a toddler who struggles with aim due to practice or are a gentleman who needs a little focus with an odor-reducing product, BowlsEye™ is an excellent solution.

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