Toilet Brushes as a Sign of Help

Staying at a hotel is a luxury. You don’t have to clean the bathroom or make the bed. But sometimes I feel guilty when I know someone is cleaning my room for me.

According to Elizabeth Challinor in The Hidden Beauty of a Toilet Brush, she found it “undignified to expect the cleaners to do everybody’s ‘dirty work'” while in Spain. (Challinor) She wanted a toilet brush for her bathroom and couldn’t get one from the hotel manager. However, the cleaning services did agree, saying it was difficult to “clean seventy-two rooms and forty-three apartments with a staff of three.” (Challinor) They were obliged to have a guest who wanted to help clean, not for money, rather because she didn’t want someone to clean up her mess. I find it is easier to accomplish something with help of others. Challinor references Jean-Luc Nancy’s book, Being Singular Plural in which “there is no ‘being’ without ‘with.'” (Nancy). Looking to the community for help is not a sign of weakness, but a sign of appreciation towards oneself and to those helping. Strength in numbers couldn’t be stressed more.

Looking from an Anthropological point of view, people need the help of others for things  they do in life. Though it can be done, it is much easier and safer to get tasks done with help from others. Accepting help from others is like having a guest with their own toilet brush. A little help here and there can go a long way.

Challinor, Elizabeth P. (2013, August 28) PopAnth [Web log post]. Retrieved from

Nancy, J.L. (2000).  Being Singular Plural. Stanford, CA: Stanford University.