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Title:
SANITIZING APPARATUS FOR A TOILET BOWL
Document Type and Number:
WIPO Patent Application WO/2002/087405
Kind Code:
A1
Abstract:
Disclosed is a sanitizing apparatus for a toilet bowl capable of preventing a seat of the toilet bowl from being smeared by urine when a man urinates the urine, which is pivotally installed between the seat and a seat cover of the toilet bowl. The sanitizing apparatus comprises an outer periphery portion and a depressed portion positioned inside of the outer periphery section in the radial direction. A urine discharging passage is formed at a rear area in the depressed section. A flexible sanitizing sheet may be disposed on the surface of the outer periphery section. A duct for guiding cleaning water is formed at an outer circumferential edge of the outer periphery section. The duct for guiding the cleaning water is fluidly communicated with a main water supply pipe via an auxiliary water supply pipe. A water supply valve is installed at an intermediate portion of the auxiliary water supply pipe.

Inventors:
Seong, Jeong-min (301 Chunwoobila 157-9, Hwagok 8-dong Kangseo-gu Seoul 157-018, Hwagok 8-dong Kangseo-gu Seoul 157-018, KR)
Application Number:
PCT/KR2002/000760
Publication Date:
November 07, 2002
Filing Date:
April 25, 2002
Export Citation:
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Assignee:
Seong, Jeong-min (301 Chunwoobila 157-9, Hwagok 8-dong Kangseo-gu Seoul 157-018, Hwagok 8-dong Kangseo-gu Seoul 157-018, KR)
International Classes:
A47K13/24; (IPC1-7): A47K13/14
Foreign References:
EP0609773A11994-08-10
JPH11309085A1999-11-09
JPH10276936A1998-10-20
JP2000237095A2000-09-05
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
Nam, Sang-sun (8th Floor The Korea Chamber of Commerce & Industry Bldg. #45 Namdaemoonno 4-ga, Jung-gu Seoul 100-743, KR)
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Claims:
CLAIMS
1. A sanitizing apparatus for a toilet bowl which includes a body of the toilet bowl in which a tank containing a desired amount of water is provided, a seat pivotally mounted on an upper side of the body of the toilet bowl and a seat cover pivotally mounted over the seat on the upper side of the body of the toilet bowl, characterized by including an outer peripheral section pivotally mounted between the seat and the seat cover on the upper side of the body of the toilet bowl and formed to be corresponding to an upper surface of an outer peripheral portion of the seat, an urine receiving section radially formed in the outer peripheral section, and means for discharging urine received in the urine receiving section to the tank of the body of the toilet bowl.
2. The sanitizing apparatus for the toilet bowl according to claim 1, wherein the urine receiving section includes a depressed portion which is integrated with the outer peripheral section and extends radially from the outer peripheral section toward inside.
3. The sanitizing apparatus for the toilet bowl according to claim 2, wherein the urine discharging means has an aperture formed at a rear side of the depressed portion which is gradually and downwardly declined from the outer peripheral section to the aperture.
4. The sanitizing apparatus for the toilet bowl according to claim 1, further including a flexible and sanitary sheet attached to the outer peripheral section.
5. The sanitizing apparatus for the toilet bowl according to claim 4, wherein the sanitary sheet is made from transparent vinyl resin or cellophane paper.
6. The sanitizing apparatus for the toilet bowl according to claim 4, wherein the sanitary sheet has a semicircular shape with a front portion opening toward a user and generally extends from a surface of the outer peripheral section upwardly, of which a lower end is fixedly attached to the surface of the outer peripheral section.
7. The sanitizing apparatus for the toilet bowl according to claim 4, wherein adherent members are respectively attached to the lower end and a rear surface of the sanitary sheet, thereby the sanitary sheet is detachably mounted on the surface of the outer peripheral section and the seat cover while generally extends from the surface of the outer peripheral section upwardly and has a semicircular shape in which the front portion opens toward the user.
8. The sanitizing apparatus for the toilet bowl according to claim 4, wherein the sanitary sheet is divided into two parts of which the lower ends are respectively attached and fixed on the surface of the outer peripheral section and upper ends are respectively attached and fixed to a lower surface of the seat cover, while the sanitary sheets generally extend from the surface of the outer peripheral section upwardly.
9. The sanitizing apparatus for the toilet bowl according to claim 8, wherein the sanitary sheets are made from vinyl resin or cellophane paper having creases.
10. The sanitizing apparatus for the toilet bowl according to claim 2, wherein the urine discharging means has an aperture formed at a rear side of the depressed portion which is gradually and downwardly declined from the outer peripheral section to the aperture in which an upper end of a first discharging pipe is fixed.
11. The sanitizing apparatus for the toilet bowl according to claim 2, wherein the urine discharging means has an urine passage formed at a rear portion of the outer peripheral section and a second discharging pipe which has a flexibility and an upper portion fixed to a lower end of the urine passage, wherein the second discharging pipe generally has an inverted Lshape and extends downwardly through a cut portion formed at a center position of a rear portion of the seat to the tank of the body of the toilet bowl, and wherein the depressed section is gradually and downwardly declined from the outer peripheral section to the urine passageway.
12. The sanitizing apparatus for the toilet bowl according to claim 1, wherein the urine receiving section includes a guide portion radially and inwardly depressed from the outer peripheral section and a sanitary sheet disposed between a lower end of the outer peripheral section and an outer edge of the guide portion.
13. The sanitizing apparatus for the toilet bowl according to claim 12, wherein the urine discharging means includes a first urine discharging passage formed at a rear position of the outer peripheral section, a second urine discharging passage formed at a center position of a rear portion of the guide portion to be corresponding to the first urine discharging passage and a discharging guide plate extending downwardly from a rear end of the guide portion.
14. The sanitizing apparatus for the toilet bowl according to claim 13, wherein the sanitary sheet has a width gradually increasing from a front portion to a rear portion of the sanitary sheet between the outer peripheral section and the guide portion, thereby the guide portion is disposed to be downwardly declined to the rear portion with respect to the outer peripheral section, and wherein the discharging guide plate passes through a cut portion formed at a center position of a rear portion of the seat so as to extend to the tank of the body of the toilet bowl.
15. The sanitizing apparatus for the toilet bowl according to claim 13 or 14, wherein the sanitary sheet is made from transparent vinyl resin or cellophane paper.
16. The sanitizing apparatus for the toilet bowl according to claim 13 or 14, wherein the sanitary sheet is made from transparent vinyl resin or cellophane paper having creases.
17. The sanitizing apparatus for the toilet bowl according to claim 13, wherein the urine discharging means further comprises a duct for guiding cleaning water which is provided at an edge of the outer peripheral section and has a plurality of holes for discharging cleaning water at an intermediate portion of the duct in order to guide cleaning water, an auxiliary pipe of which an end is communicated with a rear portion of the duct for guiding the cleaning water and the other end is connected to a main water supplying pipe disposed around the body of the toilet bowl, and a water supplying valve disposed at an intermediate portion of the auxiliary pipe for supplying water.
Description:
SANITIZING APPARATUS FOR A TOILET BOWL TECHNICAL FIELD The present invention relates to a sanitizing apparatus for a toilet bowl, and more particularly to a sanitizing apparatus for preventing a seat of a toilet bowl from being smeared with urine which has been urinated by a man, which is pivotally mounted between the seat and a seat cover of the toilet bowl.

BACKGROUND ART Generally, men and women together use a restroom (or toilet) at home. When a man urinates the urine to a toilet bowl in a standing position, some of the urine is smeared on a seat of the toilet bowl. Therefore, there is a problem in that a next user, especially woman, feels inconvenience as a part of the urine is smeared on the seat of the toilet bowl. This inconvenience occasionally occurs in public toilets or in a restroom of a building, which has a plurality of toilet bowls, as well as in a toilet at home.

DISCLOSURE OF INVENTION Therefore, the present invention has been developed to solve the above-mentioned problems. It is an object of the present invention to provide a sanitizing apparatus for a toilet bowl capable of preventing urine from being smeared on a seat of the toilet bowl when a man uses the toilet bowl for a purpose of urinating the urine, which is pivotally mounted between the seat and a seat cover of the toilet bowl.

It is the other object of the present invention to provide a sanitizing apparatus for a toilet bowl capable of securing a sanitary usage of a toilet bowl, which is

detachably mounted between a seat and a seat cover of the toilet bowl so that it can be substituted with the other.

In order to accomplish the objects of the present invention, a sanitizing apparatus for a toilet bowl according to the present invention, which includes a body having a tank containing a predetermined amount of water, a seat pivotally mounted on an upper side of the body, and a seat cover pivotally mounted over the seat on the upper side of the body, comprises: an outer peripheral section which is pivotally mounted between the seat and the seat cover on an upper side of the body and faces to an upper surface of the seat, a receiving section for receiving urine, which is radially formed in the peripheral section, and means for discharging the urine received in the receiving section toward the body of the toilet bowl.

The receiving section for receiving the urine is integrated with the peripheral section, which has a depressed portion, which is inwardly declined from the outer peripheral section.

The means for discharging the urine includes an aperture formed at a position of a rear portion of the depressed section which is declined from the outer peripheral section to the aperture of the urine discharging mean.

The means for discharging the urine further includes a duct for guiding cleaning water which is formed at a rear side of the outer peripheral section and has a plurality of thru-holes formed at an intermediate portion thereof, through which the cleaning water is discharged, an auxiliary pipe for supplying water, of which one end is connected to the rear portion of the duct for guiding the cleaning water and of which the other end is connected to a water supplying pipe disposed around the body of the toilet bowl, and a water supplying valve which is disposed at an intermediate position of the auxiliary pipe for supplying water.

The sanitizing apparatus for the toilet bowl further comprises a flexible sanitary seat which is attached to the outer peripheral section.

According to the preferred embodiment of the present invention, as described above, as the sanitizing apparatus for the toilet bowl is pivotally mounted between the seat and the seat cover of the toilet bowl, the urine can be discharged to the body of the toilet bowl without a splash of the urine on the seat positioned under the sanitizing apparatus when a man urinates the urine in a standing position.

Furthermore, the sanitizing apparatus for the toilet bowl further comprises a cleaning device, so as to remove bad smell and to be kept in clean state.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF DRAWINGS Other features and advantages of the present invention will become more apparent from the following description taken in connection with the accompanying drawings, wherein: FIG. 1A is an exploded perspective view of a sanitizing apparatus for a toilet bowl according to the first embodiment of the present invention; FIG. 1B is a perspective view of the sanitizing apparatus for the toilet bowl shown in FIG. 1A, in which the sanitizing apparatus is combined with the toilet bowl; FIG. 2A is an exploded perspective view of a sanitizing apparatus for a toilet bowl according to the second embodiment of the present invention; FIG. 2B is a perspective view of the sanitizing apparatus shown in FIG. 2A, in which the sanitizing apparatus is combined with the toilet bowl ; FIG. 2C is a partial sectional view of the sanitizing apparatus for the toilet bowl shown in FIG. 2A ; FIG. 3 is an exploded perspective view of a sanitizing apparatus for a toilet bowl according to the third embodiment

of the present invention ; FIG. 4 is a perspective view of a sanitizing apparatus for a toilet bowl according to the fourth embodiment of the present invention ; FIG. 5 is a perspective view of a sanitizing apparatus for a toilet bowl according to the fifth embodiment of the present invention ; FIG. 6 is a perspective view of a sanitizing apparatus for a toilet bowl according to the sixth embodiment of the present invention ; FIG. 7 is a perspective view of a sanitizing apparatus for a toilet bowl according to the seventh embodiment of the present invention; FIG. 8A is an exploded perspective view of a sanitizing apparatus for a toilet bowl according to the eighth embodiment of the present invention ; FIG. 8B is a partial sectional view of the sanitizing apparatus for. the toilet bowl shown in FIG. 8A ; FIG. 9 is a perspective view of a sanitizing apparatus for a toilet bowl according to the ninth embodiment of the present invention; and FIG. 10 is a perspective view of a sanitizing apparatus for a toilet bowl according to the tenth embodiment of the present invention.

BEST MODE FOR CARRYING OUT THE INVENTION EMBODIMENTS Hereinafter, a sanitizing apparatus for a toilet bowl according to the embodiments of the present invention will be described in detail with reference to the accompanying drawings.

The First Embodiment FIGS. 1A and 1B show the sanitizing apparatus for the toilet bowl according to the first embodiment of the present invention.

Referring to FIGS. 1A and 1B, the sanitizing apparatus 40A for the toilet bowl according to the first embodiment of the present invention is disposed between a seat 30 mounted on an upper portion of a body 20 of the toilet bowl and a seat cover 60.

As well known, a tank 22 is provided in the body 20 of the toilet bowl, which contains a predetermined amount of water. The seat 30 is pivotally mounted on an upper side of the body 20 of the toilet bowl. The sanitizing apparatus 40A for the toilet bowl is disposed on the upper portion of the seat 30 and pivotally mounted on the body 20 of the toilet bowl.

The sanitizing apparatus 40A includes an outer peripheral section 42 facing an upper surface of a peripheral portion of a seat 30 and a depressed section 44 which is radially and inwardly declined from the outer peripheral section 42. The depressed section 44 is integrated with the outer peripheral section 42, which is inwardly declined from the outer peripheral section 42. The depressed section 44 has an aperture 45 formed at a position of a rear portion thereof.

The depressed section 44 declines from the outer peripheral section 42 toward the aperture 45.

The aperture 45 acts as a discharging passage for the discharged urine from the depressed section 44 into a tank 22 of the body 20 of the toil bowl after a male user urinates the urine into the depressed section 44 of the sanitizing apparatus 40A of the toilet bowl.

Meanwhile, a pair of protrusions 46 is radially and outwardly projected from an edge of the outer peripheral section 42 adjacent to the depressed section 44. A thru-hole, in which a hinge pin is inserted, is formed at an end of the

protrusions 46. When the sanitizing apparatus 40A of the toilet bowl is integrated with the seat 30 and the seat cover 60 to be disposed between the seat 30 and the seat cover 60, the hinge pin 61 extends through the thru-hole. Thus, the sanitizing apparatus 40A can be pivotally mounted on the upper surface of the body 20 of the toilet bowl.

Hereinafter, the use of the sanitizing apparatus 40A for the toilet bowl according to the first embodiment of the present invention as constructed above will be described.

Firstly, the sanitizing apparatus 40A of the toilet bowl is pivotally mounted between the seat 30 and the seat cover 60. When the male user intends to urinate the urine, the seat cover 60 is uprightly held so that the sanitizing apparatus 40A for the toilet bowl is positioned on the seat 30. While the male user urinates the urine into the depressed section 44, the urine flows along a slope of the depressed section 44 to the aperture 45, which in turn is discharged through the aperture 45 as the depressed section 44 is radially declined toward the aperture 45. The urine discharged through the aperture 45 is dropped into the tank 22 of the body 20 of the toilet bowl.

After urinating the urine, the male user lifts up and holds upright the sanitizing apparatus 40A of the toilet bowl and the seat cover 60 for a next user. As the result, the urine of the previous male user is prevented from being smeared on the seat 30 positioned under the sanitizing apparatus 40A for the toilet bowl. Therefore, it is possible to use the toilet bowl sanitarily.

Meanwhile, it is preferable to clean the sanitizing apparatus 40A for the toilet bowl which is smeared with the urine in order for the next user to use the sanitizing apparatus 40A.

The Second Embodiment FIGS. 2A to 2C show a sanitizing apparatus for a toilet bowl according to the second embodiment of the present invention.

Referring to FIGS. 2A to 2C, the sanitizing apparatus 40B for the toilet bowl according to the second embodiment of the present invention has a structure similar to the sanitizing apparatus 40A according to the first embodiment of the present invention, except for additionally having a sanitary seat 50. Therefore, the same element is denoted by the same reference numeral. Also, the description of the same elements designated by the same reference numeral will be omitted.

The sanitizing apparatus 40B is pivotally mounted between the seat 30 and the seat cover which are installed on an upper portion of a body 20 of the toilet bowl. The sanitizing apparatus 40B for the toilet bowl includes an outer peripheral section 42 facing an upper surface of a peripheral portion of the seat 30, a depressed section 44 radially declined from the outer peripheral section 42, and a sanitary sheet 50 attached to the outer peripheral section 42.

The sanitary sheet 50 is made from a flexible sheet, preferably a transparent synthetic resin such as vinyl resin or cellophane paper. A lower end of the sanitary sheet 50 is attached and fixed to a surface of the outer peripheral section 42. The sanitary sheet 50 is generally projected from the surface of the outer peripheral section 42 upwardly. The sanitary sheet 50 has a semicircular shape in which a front portion opens toward a male user. Accordingly, when the male user urinates the urine toward the depressed section 44 of the sanitizing apparatus 40B of the toilet bowl, the sanitary sheet 50 prevents the urine from splashing out of the depressed section or the seat cover 60.

Hereinafter, the use of the sanitizing apparatus for the toilet bowl according to the second embodiment of the present invention as constructed above will be described.

Firstly, the sanitizing apparatus 40B for the toilet bowl is pivotally mounted between the seat 30 and the seat cover 60. When the male user intends to urinate the urine, the male user holds the seat cover 60 uprightly so that the sanitizing apparatus 40B for the toilet bowl is placed on the seat 30.

Then, the sanitary sheet 50, which is pressed by the seat cover 60 and which is disposed between the outer peripheral section 42 of the sanitizing apparatus 40B for the toilet bowl and the seat cover 60, is held uprightly by means of its resilient force.

When the male user urinates the urine toward the depressed section 44 of the sanitizing apparatus 40B for the toilet bowl, the urine received in the depressed section 44 flows along the declined surface of the depressed section 44 toward an aperture 45 and is discharged through the aperture 45 as the depressed section 44 is radially declined toward the aperture 45 thereof. The urine discharged through the aperture 45 is dropped into a tank 22 of the body 20 of the toilet bowl. Since the sanitary sheet 50 is uprightly held on the outer peripheral section 42 enclosing the depressed section 44, the urine is prevented from splashing out of the depressed section 44 or into the seat cover 60 when the male user urinates the urine.

After urinating the urine, the male user lifts up and holds upright the sanitizing apparatus 40B of the toilet bowl and the seat cover 60 against the body 20 of the toilet bowl.

As the result, since the urine of the previous male user is not smeared on the sheet 30 positioned below the sanitizing apparatus 40B of the toilet bowl, it is possible to utilize the toilet bowl sanitarily.

However, it is preferable to clean the sanitizing apparatus 40B of the toilet bowl 40B smeared with the urine for a next user.

The Third Embodiment FIG. 3 shows a sanitizing apparatus 40B of a toilet bowl according to the third embodiment of the present invention.

Referring to FIG. 3, the sanitizing apparatus 40C according to the third embodiment of the present invention has a structure similar to that of the sanitizing apparatus 40B of the toilet bowl according to the second embodiment of the present invention with reference to FIGS. 2A to 2C, except that adherent members 51a and 51b are adhered to a lower end and a rear surface of a sanitary sheet 50 in order for the sanitary sheet 50 to be detachably mounted on an outer peripheral section 42 and a seat cover 60. Thus, the description of the same element will be omitted.

In the sanitizing apparatus 40C for the toilet bowl according to the third embodiment of the present invention, the sanitary sheet 50 is detachably mounted on the outer peripheral section 42 and the seat cover 60.

That is, the adherent member 51a is adhered to the lower end of the sanitary sheet 50 which in turn is detachably attached to the outer peripheral section 42, and the adherent member 51b is detachably and vertically adhered at a center portion of the rear surface of the sanitary sheet 50.

Hereinafter, the use of the sanitizing apparatus of the toilet bowl according to the third embodiment of the present invention will be described.

Firstly, the sanitizing apparatus 40C for the toilet bowl is pivotally mounted between the seat 30 and the seat cover 60. When the male user intends to urinates the urine, the sanitizing apparatus 40C of the toilet bowl is placed on the seat 30, and the seat cover 60 is held upright.

Accordingly, the sanitary sheet 50, which is disposed between the outer peripheral section 42 and the seat cover 60 and which is pressed by means of the seat cover 60, is held upright by its resilient force.

When the male user urinates the urine toward the depressed section 44 of the sanitizing apparatus 40C of the toilet bowl, the urine received in the depressed section 44 flows along a declined surface of the depressed section 44 as the depressed section 44 is radially and downwardly declined to the aperture 45, which is discharged through the aperture 45. The discharged urine is dropped into the tank 22 of the body 20 of the toilet bowl. Since the sanitary sheet 50 is upright by enclosing the depressed section 44, the urine is prevented from splashing out of the depressed section 44 or on the seat cover 60 when the male user urinates the urine.

After urinating the urine, the male user lifts up and holds upright the sanitizing apparatus 40C of the toilet bowl against the body 20 of the toilet bowl for a next user. As the result, the urine of the previous male user is prevented from being smeared on the seat 30 positioned below the sanitizing apparatus 40C for the toilet bowl. Therefore, it is possible to utilize the toilet bowl sanitarily.

However, it is preferable to clean the sanitizing apparatus 40B of the toilet bowl by water which is smeared with the urine for the next user. Furthermore, the adherent members 51a and 51b can be detached from the outer peripheral section 42 and the seat cover 60 in order to substitute the old sanitary sheet 50 with a new one.

The Fourth Embodiment FIG. 4 shows a sanitizing apparatus for a toilet bowl according to the fourth embodiment of the present invention.

Referring to FIG. 4, the sanitizing apparatus 40D for the toilet bowl according to the fourth embodiment of the present invention has a structure similar to that of the

sanitizing apparatus 40B for the toilet bowl according to the second embodiment of the present invention with reference to FIGS. 2A to 2C, except that a sanitary sheet 50 is divided into two parts 52a and 52b, and that a lower end and an upper end of the sanitary sheet 50 are respectively and fixedly attached to the outer peripheral section 42 and the seat cover 60. Therefore, the description of the same element will be omitted.

In the sanitizing apparatus 40D for the toilet bowl according to the fourth embodiment of the present invention, the sanitary sheet 50 is divided into two parts 52a and 52b, of which the lower end and the upper end are respectively and fixedly attached to a surface of the outer peripheral section 42 and the seat cover 60.

That is, as the sanitary sheet 50 is divided into the two parts 52a and 52b, the sanitary sheet 50, which is disposed between the outer peripheral section 42 and the seat cover 60, can be more smoothly folded and unfolded. Furthermore, since the lower end and the upper end of the sanitary sheets 52a and 52b are respectively and fixedly attached to the surface of the outer peripheral section 42 and a lower surface of the seat cover 60, the sanitary sheets 52a and 52b are unfolded by the seat cover 60 when the seat cover 60 is lifted up. Meanwhile, when the seat cover 60 is lifted down after using'the sanitizing apparatus 40D or when a female user lifts up the sanitizing apparatus 40D of the toilet bowl to eject feces or urine, the sanitary sheets 52a and 52b are folded between the outer peripheral section 42 and the seat cover 60.

Hereinafter, the use of the sanitizing apparatus of the toilet bowl according to the fourth embodiment of the present invention will be described.

Firstly, the sanitizing apparatus 40D is pivotally mounted between the seat 30 and the seat cover 60. When the male user intends to urinate the urine, the seat cover 60 is held upright so that the sanitizing apparatus 40D of the

toilet bowl is placed on the seat 30.

Then, the sanitary sheets 52a and 52b, which are disposed between the outer peripheral section 42 and the seat cover 60 and which are pressed by means of the seat cover 60, are held upright by their resilient force.

When the male user urinates the urine toward the depressed section 44 of the sanitizing apparatus 40D of the toilet bowl, the urine received in the depressed section 44 flows along a declined surface of the depressed section 44 as the depressed section 44 is radially declined toward the aperture 45, which in turn is discharged through the aperture 45. The urine discharged from the depressed section 44 is dropped into the tank 22 of the body 20 of the toilet bowl.

The urine is prevented from splashing out of the depressed section 44 by the sanitary sheets 52a and 52b which are held upright by enclosing the depressed section 44.

After urinating the urine, the male user lifts up and holds upright the sanitizing apparatus 44D of the toilet bowl against the body 20 of the toilet bowl. The sanitary sheets 52a and 52b are smoothly folded as the outer peripheral section 42 comes closely to the seat cover 60. As the result, the urine of the previous male user is prevented from being smeared on the seat 30 placed under the sanitizing apparatus 40D of the toilet bowl. Therefore, it is possible to utilize the toilet bowl sanitarily.

However, it is preferable to clean the sanitizing apparatus 40D for the toilet bowl smeared with the urine by water for a next user.

The Fifth Embodiment FIG. 5 shows a sanitizing apparatus for a toilet bowl according to the fifth embodiment of the present invention.

Referring to FIG. 5, the sanitizing apparatus 40E for the toilet bowl according to the fifth embodiment of the present invention has a structure similar to that of the

sanitizing apparatus 40D for the toilet bowl according to the fourth embodiment of the present invention as shown in FIG.

4, except that sanitary sheets 52a and 52b are made from vinyl resin or cellophane paper having creases. Therefore, the description relating to the structure and operation of the sanitizing apparatus 40D will be omitted.

Since the sanitary sheets 52a and 52b of the sanitizing apparatus 40E for the toilet bowl have creases, the sanitary sheets 52a and 52b are smoothly folded and unfolded when the seat cover 60 is opened and closed.

The Sixth Embodiment FIG. 6 shows a sanitizing apparatus for a toilet bowl according to the sixth embodiment of the present invention.

Referring to FIG. 6, the sanitizing apparatus 40F for the toilet bowl according to the sixth embodiment of the present invention has a structure similar to that of the sanitizing apparatus 40B for the toilet bowl according to the second embodiment of the present invention as shown in FIGS.

2A to 2C, except that a first flexible discharging pipe 43 is disposed below the aperture 45. Therefore, the description of the same structure will be omitted.

In the sanitizing apparatus 40F for the toilet bowl according to the sixth embodiment of the present invention, the first discharging pipe 42, having a desired length, has an upper end communicated with the aperture 45 which is formed in the depressed section 44. The first discharging pipe 43 passes through the seat 30 disposed under the sanitizing apparatus 40F for the toilet bowl, which in turn extends into the tank 22 in order to carry the urine to the tank 22.

Hereinafter, the use of the sanitizing apparatus for the toilet bowl according to the sixth embodiment of the present invention will be described.

Firstly, the sanitizing apparatus 40F for the toilet bowl is pivotally mounted between the seat 30 and the seat

cover 60. When the male user intends to urinate the urine, the seat cover 60 is held upright so that the sanitizing apparatus 40F of the toilet bowl is placed on the seat 30.

Accordingly, the sanitary sheet 50, which is disposed between the outer peripheral section 42 and the seat cover 60 of the sanitizing apparatus 40F and which is pressed by means of the seat cover 60, is held upright by its resilient force.

When the male user urinates the urine toward the depressed section 44 of the sanitizing apparatus 40F of the toilet bowl, the urine flows along the declined surface of the depressed section 44 as the depressed section 44 is radially and downwardly declined to the aperture 45, which in turn is discharged through the aperture 45. Then, the urine flows through the first discharging pipe of which the upper end is communicated with the aperture 45 into the tank 22 of the body 20 of the toilet bowl.

The discharged urine is dropped into the tank 22 of the body 20 of the toilet bowl. As being upright by enclosing the depressed section 44, the sanitary sheet 50 prevents the urine from splashing out of the depressed section 44 or to the seat cover 60 when the male user urinates the urine.

Furthermore, the seat 30 placed under the sanitizing apparatus 40F of the toilet bowl can be prevented from being smeared with the urine, because the urine is discharged through the first discharging pipe 43.

After urinating the urine, the male user lifts up and holds upright the sanitizing apparatus 40F against the body 20 of the toilet bowl for a next user. As the result, the urine of the previous male user is prevented from being smeared on the seat 30 disposed under the sanitizing apparatus 40F of the toilet bowl. Therefore, it is possible to utilize the toilet bowl sanitarily.

However, it is preferable to clean the sanitizing apparatus 40F for the toilet bowl smeared with the urine by water for a next user.

The Seventh Embodiment FIG. 7 shows a sanitizing apparatus for a toilet bowl according to the seventh embodiment of the present invention.

Referring to FIG. 7, the sanitizing apparatus 40G for the toilet bowl according to the seventh embodiment of the present invention has a structure similar to that of the sanitizing apparatus 40F for the toilet bowl according to the sixth embodiment of the present invention as shown in FIG. 6, except that an urine discharging passage 47 is formed at a rear portion of an outer peripheral section 42, of which a second flexible discharging pipe 49 is disposed at an end, and a cut portion 31 is formed at a rear portion of the seat 30.

Therefore, the description of the same structure will be omitted.

The sanitizing apparatus 40G for the toilet bowl according to the seventh embodiment of the present invention comprises an outer peripheral section 42 formed to be corresponding to an upper surface of an outer peripheral portion of a seat 30, a depressed section 44 which is radially declined toward the cut portion 31, and a sanitary sheet 50 attached to the outer peripheral section 42.

The cut portion 31 is formed at a center portion of a rear area of the seat 30. The urine discharging passage 47 is formed at a rear portion of the outer peripheral section 42 to pass through the outer peripheral section 42, on which an upper end of the second discharging pipe 49 is put. The second discharging pipe 49 generally has an inverted-L shape, which passes through the cut portion 31 of the seat 30 to extend downwardly into the tank 22.

The depressed section 44 is integrated with the outer peripheral section 42, which extends radially and downwardly from the outer peripheral section 42. The depressed section 44 is gradually and downwardly declined toward the urine discharging passage 47. The urine discharging passage 47 and

the second discharging pipe 49 carry out a discharge of the urine received in the depressed section 44 into the tank 22 of the body 20 of the toilet bowl when the male user urinates the urine to the depressed section 44 in a standing position.

Hereinafter, the use of the sanitizing apparatus 40G for the toilet bowl according to the seventh embodiment of the present invention will be described.

Firstly, the sanitizing apparatus 40G of the toilet bowl is rotatably mounted between the body 20 of the toilet bowl and the seat 30. When the male user intends to urinate the urine, the seat cover 60 is lifted up and held upright. When the male user urinates the urine to the depressed section 44 of the sanitizing apparatus 40G of the toilet bowl in standing position, the urine received in the depressed section 44 flows to the rear portion of the depressed section 44 as the depressed section 44 is declined, which in turn is discharged through the urine discharging passage 47 and the second discharging pipe 49. The discharged urine is dropped along the second discharging pipe 49 into the tank 22 of the body 20 of the toilet bowl.

Since the sanitary sheet 50 is upright on the outer peripheral section 42 by enclosing the depressed section 44, the urine is prevented from splashing out of the depressed section 44 or to the seat cover 60 when the male user urinates the urine toward the depressed section 44. Furthermore, as the urine is discharged through the urine discharging passage 47 and the second discharging pipe 49, the urine cannot be smeared on the seat 30 placed under the sanitizing apparatus 40G of the toilet bowl.

After urinating the urine, the male user lifts up and holds upright the sanitizing apparatus 40G against the body 20 of the toilet bowl for a next user. As the result, the urine of the previous male user is not smeared on the seat 30 positioned under the sanitizing apparatus 40G of the toilet bowl. Therefore, it is possible to utilize the toilet bowl

sanitarily.

However, it is preferable to clean the sanitizing apparatus 40G of the toilet bowl by water for a next user after using the sanitizing apparatus 40G.

The Eighth Embodiment FIGS. 8A and 8B show a sanitizing apparatus for a toilet bowl according to the eighth embodiment of the present invention.

Referring to FIGS. 8A and 8B, the sanitizing apparatus 70A for the toilet bowl according to the eighth embodiment of the present invention is disposed between a seat 30 and a seat cover 60 mounted on an upper portion of a body 20 of the toilet bowl. A cut portion 32 is formed at a center portion of a rear area of the seat 30.

The sanitizing apparatus 70A of the toilet bowl comprises an outer peripheral section 72 formed to be corresponding to an upper surface of the outer peripheral portion of the seat 30, a guide section 74 formed to be radially depressed from the outer peripheral section 72, and a sanitary sheet 80 of which an end is attached to an edge of the guide section 74 and of which the other end is attached to a lower surface of the outer peripheral section 72.

Preferably, the sanitary sheet 80 is made from transparent vinyl resin or cellophane paper.

An urine discharging passage 77 is formed at a rear portion of the outer peripheral section 72 to pass through the outer peripheral section 72. An urine discharging pathway 75 corresponding to the urine discharging passage 77 is formed at a center position of a rear portion of the guide section 74 mounted under the outer peripheral section 72.

The flexible sanitary sheet 80 is disposed between the edge of the guide section 74 and the lower surface of the outer peripheral section 72. The sanitary sheet 80 has a gradually larger width from a front portion to the rear portion of the

outer peripheral section 72. Thus, the sanitary sheet 80 has a maximum width at a space between the urine discharging pathway 75 of the guide section 74 and the urine discharging passage 77 of the outer peripheral section 72. As the result, the rear portion of the guide section 74 is downwardly declined in the direction from the front portion to the rear portion of the outer peripheral section 72. The guide section 74 fulfills a function of guiding an urine to a tank 22 of a body 20 of the toilet bowl when a male user urinates the urine in standing position.

A guiding plate 76 for guiding a discharge of the urine is formed at an end of the guide section 74 to extend downwardly. The guiding plate 76 for guiding the discharge of the urine passes through the cut portion 32 of the seat 30 and extends into the tank 22 of the body 20 of the toilet bowl.

The guiding plate 76 has a sufficient desired length so that an end is not in contact with a surface of water received in the tank 22.

Hereinafter, the use of the sanitizing apparatus 70A for the toilet bowl according to the eighth embodiment of the present invention will be described.

Firstly, the sanitizing apparatus 70A is rotatably mounted between the body of the toilet bowl 20 and the seat 30. When the male user intends to urinate the urine, the user lifts up and holds upright the seat cover 60. When the user urinates the urine to the guide section 74 of the sanitizing apparatus 70A of the toilet bowl, the urine flows to the rear portion of the guide section 74 along a declined surface of the guide section 74 which is downwardly declined toward the rear portion of the guide section 74, which is discharged through the urine discharging pathway 75 and the urine discharging passage 77. The discharged urine is dropped through the guide plate 76 into the tank 22 of the body 20 of the toilet bowl.

After urinating the urine, the user lifts up and holds upright the sanitizing apparatus 70A against the body 20 of the toilet bowl for the next user. As the result, the urine of the previous user is prevented from being smeared on the seat 30 positioned under the sanitizing apparatus 70A. Thus, it is possible to utilize the toilet bowl sanitarily.

However, it is preferable to clean the sanitizing apparatus 70A for the toilet bowl smeared with the urine by water for the next user.

The Ninth Embodiment FIG. 9 shows a sanitizing apparatus for a toilet bowl according to the ninth embodiment of the present invention.

Referring to FIG. 9, the sanitizing apparatus 70B for the toilet bowl according to the ninth embodiment of the present invention has a structure similar to that of the sanitizing apparatus 70A for the toilet bowl according to the eight embodiment of the present invention, except that a sanitary sheet 80 is made from a vinyl resin or a cellophane paper having creases. Therefore, the detail descriptions of the structure and the operation of the sanitizing apparatus 70B are omitted.

As the sanitary sheet 80 of the sanitizing apparatus 70B has the creases, the sanitary sheet 80 is smoothly folded and unfolded when being opened and closed.

The Tenth Embodiment FIG. 10 shows a sanitizing apparatus for a toilet bowl according to the tenth embodiment of the present invention.

Referring to FIG. 10, the sanitizing apparatus 70C for the toilet bowl according to the tenth embodiment of the present invention has a structure similar to that of the sanitizing apparatus 70A for the toilet bowl according to the eighth embodiment of the present invention which is described with respect to FIGS. 8A and 8B, except that a cleaning device

is added to the sanitizing apparatus 70C. Therefore, the detail description of the same structural element will be omitted.

The sanitizing apparatus 70C of the toilet bowl comprises a duct 90 for guiding cleaning water at an edge of an outer peripheral section 72. A plurality of thru-holes 92 is formed in an intermediate portion of the duct 90 for guiding the cleaning water, which is radially and inwardly directed from the outer peripheral section 72.

The duct 90 for guiding the cleaning water has an end communicated with an end of an auxiliary pipe 64 for supplying water. The other end of the auxiliary pipe 64 for supplying the water is connected to a main pipe 62 for supplying water which is communicated with the body 20 of the toilet bowl. A valve 66 for supplying the water is disposed at an intermediate portion of the auxiliary pipe 64 for supplying the water. The valve 66 for supplying the water controls a quantity of the water which is supplied through the auxiliary pipe 64 for supplying the water from the main pipe 62 for supplying the water to the duct 90 for guiding the cleaning water.

Hereinafter, the use of the sanitizing apparatus 70C for the toilet bowl according to the tenth embodiment of the present invention will be described.

Firstly, the sanitizing apparatus 70C of the toilet bowl is rotatably mounted between the seat 30 and the seat cover 60. When a male user intends to urinate the urine, the user lifts up and holds upright the seat cover 60 against the body 20 of the toilet bowl. When the user urinates the urine to the guide section 74 of the sanitizing apparatus 70A of the toilet bowl in standing position, the urine flows to the rear portion of the guide section 74 along a declined surface of the guide section 74 which is downwardly declined toward the rear portion of the guide section 74, which is discharged through the urine discharging pathway 75 and the urine discharging

passage 77. The discharged urine is dropped through the guide plate 76 into the tank 22 of the body 20 of the toilet bowl.

After urinating the urine, the user operates the valve 66 for supplying the water which is mounted at the intermediate portion of the auxiliary pipe 64 for supplying the water. Accordingly, the water flows through the auxiliary pipe 64 for supplying the water from the main pipe 62 for supplying the water to the duct 90 for guiding the cleaning water, which is discharged through the thru-holes 92 from the duct 90 for guiding the cleaning water by a water pressure.

The cleaning water discharged from the duct 90 flows radially and inwardly along an upper surface of the outer peripheral section 72, which in turn is dropped into the guide section 74 of the sanitizing apparatus 70C of the toilet bowl.

Continuously, the cleaning water flows along the surface of the guide section 74 to the rear portion of the guide section 74, so as to be discharged through the urine discharging pathway 75 and the urine discharging passage 77 toward the tank 22 of the body 20 of the toilet bowl. As the result, the remaining urine or certain substance on the outer peripheral section 72 and the guide section 74 is cleaned, and a bad smell can be removed. Thus, it is possible to keep the sanitizing apparatus 70C of the toilet bowl in a clean state.

As described above, according to the embodiments of the present invention, by rotatably mounting the sanitizing apparatus for the toilet bowl between the seat and the seat cover, the urine can be completely discharged into the tank of the toilet bowl while being prevented from being smeared on the seat positioned under the sanitizing apparatus when the male user urinates the urine to the sanitizing apparatus of the toilet bowl in standing position. Furthermore, after evacuating the urine, the male user lifts up and holds upright the sanitizing apparatus of the toilet bowl against the seat cover. Thus, a next user, especially female user, can use the toilet bowl in the clean state.

Meanwhile, the sanitizing apparatus of the toilet bowl further comprises a cleaning device which can clean the sanitizing apparatus by water and which can be substituted with a new one. Thus, the bad smell can be removed, and the sanitizing apparatus of the toilet bowl can be kept in the clean state.

While the present invention has been particularly shown and described with reference to particular embodiments thereof, it will be understood by those skilled in the art that various changes in form and details may be effected therein without departing from the spirit and scope of the invention as defined by the appended claims.