There’s now a tool that will get your husband off the toilet
Posted July 19
Updated July 21
For any wife who’s ever watched her husband disappear into the bathroom and wondered if she’d ever see him again, the issue of exceedingly long bathroom breaks is no joke.
Luckily, two guy friends have recently invented a practical solution.
It’s called, aptly, the “Toilet Timer,” and it’s an ingenious little device that gives a visual illustration of how long one’s been on the pot, and when it’s time to get off and move on.
Here’s how it works: The Toilet Timer is basically an updated version of an old-school hourglass, but in this case, the sand moves through an illustrated silhouette of a man into the toilet.
After five minutes, the sand has fully transferred, and bathroom time is over.
The product is being sold through a Kickstarter campaign with a goal of $20,000 to fund manufacturing costs.
The Toilet Timer creators, two friends named Adam and Elliot, saw the need for a timer based on personal experience.
According to the Kickstarter page, the idea for the Toilet Timer “first plopped into Adam’s head when he tried to get off the toilet from an extended bathroom excursion and found that he couldn’t feel his legs. After pulling himself up by the sink and waiting to regain use of his appendages, he thought of something he could keep nearby for when nature called. And thus, the Toilet Timer was born.”
They also made a pretty compelling argument for the timer-get out of the bathroom so you can get stuff done and get on with your life.
“The phrase ‘poop or get off the pot’ is what someone says to you when they think it’s time you made a decision,” according to the Kickstarter page.” The implication is that you stop procrastinating and take action.”
Hey, whatever motivation you need to get stuff done is fine with us!
For a pledge of $17, customers can support the creation of Toilet Timer and reserve one of their own, as long as the campaign reaches its funding goals.
As Scary Mommy points out, the Toilet Timer isn’t just a good efficiency monitor for men, it’s a way to prevent marital strife:
“With this timer running out in just five minutes, there will be no more 40-minute shits where you're stuck dealing with the kids and cooking dinner as he luxuriates on the throne scrolling Reddit and watching YouTube vids. Either he has to go, or he doesn't. This isn't a free for all.”
To support the Toilet Timer’s funding goal and order one of your own, check out the Kickstarter page.
Kitchen Gadgets That Will Basically Cook Your Meal For You
Looking for other cool gadgets that will help simplify your life?
We rounded up some of the best kitchen gadgets to have on hand when you’re starving and you still have no clue what to make for dinner.
1. A WiFi-enabled Crock-Pot
The closest you’ll probably get to having your own personal chef comes in the form of a slow-cooker. But this isn’t your grandma’s ceramic Crock-Pot. This high-tech version allows you to adjust cooking times and temps from an app, a total meal-saver if you get stuck in a meeting. Basically, all you have to do is put the ingredients in the pot and let it do its meal-prep magic. To get you started, here’s 8 clean-eating Crock-Pot recipes that will save you calories as well as time.
Buy it now: WiFi-enabled Crock-Pot, $104
2. Dash Deluxe Egg Cooker
You can put this to work stat, helping hard boil all of those Easter eggs you’ll soon be decorating. But this egg-cooking gadget can work year-round and around the clock, prepping omelettes, poaching eggs and making hard or soft boiled eggs to add a punch of protein to your lunch or dinner salads.
Buy it now: Dash Deluxe Egg Cooker, $32
3. Breakfast sandwich maker
You can make breakfast sandwiches with this gadget in five minutes, which is probably less time than it would take to order at your local bagel shop. Not to mention all the money you save will essentially pay this puppy off in a couple weeks. This all-in-one device will toast your bagel or English muffin, cook your eggs and heat up the meat for your sandwich all at once.
Buy it now: Breakfast Sandwich Maker with Timer, $24
4. Rice and hot cereal cooker
This cooker puts in overtime. You can use it in the morning to make slow-cooking oats, grits and hot cereals. Come dinnertime, it can prep your pre-packaged or homemade pasta or rice mixes. Or you can use it to make a second round of grits for a hearty shrimp and grits recipe.
Buy it now: Rice and hot cereal cooker, $35
5. Sushi Bazooka
We’ve got #MeatlessMonday and #TacoTuesday. How about a #SushiSaturday? The Sushi Bazooka allows you to load up all of your favorite sushi ingredients into a tube. One YouTube tutorial shows how you “squish it out just like toothpaste” to ensure your roll is packed it, and then let it set before slicing it up into pieces. Oh, and did I mention this sells for less than $10?
Buy it now: Sushi Bazooka, $9
6. Fasta Pasta
When you’re oh-my-gosh so hungry, waiting for a pot of water to boil can feel like forever. (You know how the watched pot expression goes.) Enter Fasta Pasta, which will quickly cook your pasta al dente for you in the microwave. You can morph that into a meal with one of these vegetarian pasta recipes, like lemon-asparagus pasta.
Buy it now: Fasta Pasta, $15
7. Baked potato cooker
There are plenty of ways to turn a spud into a complete meal: loading them up with feta cheese, veggies and olives for a Greek-inspired potato or turning your potato into a bowl to hold your chili, with chili beans, ground beef, cheese and scallions-to name a few. With this cooker, you can get four potatoes baked in four minutes flat. That is well worth $5 if you ask me!
Buy it now: Potato Express, $5
8. Pizza maker
It’s called a pizza maker, but this gadget is also game to whip up other meals and snacks on the fly, including quesadillas, nachos, quiche, frittatas, cinnamon rolls and more.
Buy it now: Betty Crocker Pizza Maker, $32
9. Rotisserie oven
Slow-cooking an entire chicken is easy-peasy with a rotisserie oven. You can make a meal around the chicken and then still have leftovers for soups, burritos, sandwiches and salads throughout the week. The rotisserie basket insert can also make hamburgers, veggies, whole fish or fish fillets, steaks, pork chops and more.
Buy it now: Ronco Digital Rotisserie and BBQ Oven, $117
Brittany Anas contributed to this story.