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Clean underwear roll

Post-toilet disaster
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There are of course dirty underwear vending machines. However, suppose you have a toilet-related mishap, such as a cubicle where there's no more paper, or you just fancy using clean disposable underwear. The answer is a dispenser of disposable but sturdy paper underwear in the cubicle. You do your business, realise you have a problem, use your old underwear to solve it and grab another from the dispenser. In fact, don't even bother buying underwear any more, or if you do, buy it on a roll and hang it on the bathroom wall.

For private or public toilets. By the way, this idea is semi-baked with sanitary towel and disposable nappy vending machines.
nineteenthly, Sep 12 2009

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       //There are of course dirty underwear vending machines// you'd pay good money for dirty underwear? sheesh!!
po, Sep 12 2009
  

       Disposable underwear is quite popular (particularly in China, it seems). Lots of sources for those. Big with travelers.   

       Is the idea to put it on a continuous roll? Against my better judgment, I'm trying to imagine the manufacturing process for it. I can envision separate lines for the front and back of a boxer, coming together to be pressure sealed right before rolling. The gusset could be troublesome.   

       I can't think of any way you could make cut rolls.
tatterdemalion, Sep 12 2009
  

       Maybe by making thin nappy/diaper-style underpants with adhesive or maybe velcro strips, or maybe you could have detachable hooked velcro strips and fluffy pants, so you salvage the strips and join them together. That'd make one size fits all pseudonappies easier.

I'm undecided on the issue of whether these are actual replacements for ordinary underwear or just emergency pants.
nineteenthly, Sep 12 2009
  

       It never ceases to amaze me - the number of ideas here which seek to deal with the toiletry problems of halfbakers.   

       Am I the only one here who is capable of going through a day's worth of bodily functions without some major mishap? Is it really so very, very difficult to pee in the right direction, do up a zipper without snagging a penis, or check a public restroom for the availability of loo paper before beginning to defaecate?   

       I think a little basic toilet training would help enormously.
MaxwellBuchanan, Sep 12 2009
  

       //Am I the only one here who is capable of going through a day's worth of bodily functions without some major mishap? Is it really so very, very difficult to pee in the right direction, do up a zipper without snagging a penis, or check a public restroom for the availability of loo paper before beginning to defaecate?//   

       In a word, yes.
blissmiss, Sep 12 2009
  

       // I'm undecided on the issue of whether these are actual replacements for ordinary underwear or just emergency pants. //   

       I would advocate the emergency pants approach, partially because "emergency pants" is fun to say. And it leaves open the option for those who wish to become dedicated consumers. When it comes to pants, it's always best to leave all options open.   

       The reusable fastener is an interesting idea, but then your customers would be literally up shit creek if they lost them. Since you'd have to supply a set to each pair anyway, you might as well attach them.   

       Maybe the roll could be constructed from overlapped pairs (as opposed to consecutive, connected pairs). I'm picturing that sort of stock footage cliche image of folded newspapers on motorized tracks rushing somewhere. If you had the pairs overlapped in that manner, you could construct a continuous roll from that. It might fly apart when you pull out the first pair. Some might see that as a feature.
tatterdemalion, Sep 12 2009
  

       //I think a little basic toilet training would help enormously.// Quick everyone... Max is offering toilet training classes.
xenzag, Sep 13 2009
  

       I did think about bras actually. I imagined breastmilk leakage causing a problem, but on the whole that's easily remedied by laundering. Bralessness seems less unhygienic than pantslessness. However, the advantage would be the ready availability of all types of underwear, whether female, male or Mormon.

[Bigsleep], i wasn't thinking so much paper as the whole dry weave top sheet thing. Something cellulose but not paper or cotton. Longer underwear would solve the problems you mention.

[Tatterdemalion], the reusable fastener is because otherwise you have to use adhesive tape. I don't know how many disposable nappies you've changed, but if you don't stick them together properly the glue can irritate sensitive skin. I presume this would happen with adults too. However, it's no worse than plasters, i suppose. How often would the situation arise when someone allergic to plaster glue needs new emergency pants? Not very fair on them though.
nineteenthly, Sep 13 2009
  

       good God people are we all 3 years old!? no? perhaps 95? I'm with MaxB.-shock and awe here.
dentworth, Sep 13 2009
  

       In my mind this is a spin off of the spandex dispenser in the 'phone booth. I have also experienced IBS and it's no joke.
nineteenthly, Sep 13 2009
  

       I'm in! (looks down) Well, most of me anyway [+]
riknite, Sep 14 2009
  
      
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