When you do think about it, you may wonder why most toilet handles are on the left side anyway. It would make perfect sense to have the toilet handle on the right side, since most people are right handed. Well, that would be true if we all stood facing the toilet. But in most cases people are sitting down on the toilet, so now the left side handle is easier to reach with your right hand. Once again, not fair for left handers.
However, in many commercial restrooms you can find toilet handles on the right side of the tank for easier public access.
With all that said, the good news is that you can special order new toilets with a right-side flushing handle and that can solve your issue.
Final tip: Order a spare right side handle with your new toilet or you could be out in left field if you ever need a replacement part.
Master contractor and plumber Ed Del Grande is the author of the book “Ed Del Grande’s House Call” and the host of TV and Internet shows. Visit eddelgrande.com or write email@example.com.