Bathroom Courtesies for Everyday Life

Interestingly enough this topic has come up more than once in recent months. It has lead me to think others of you may be pondering these same issues . . .

Always leave both the toilet seat and cover down when you finish using the commode. This applies to both men and women, whether at home and in public facilities.

Never use the last sheet of bathroom tissue without informing the host. Better yet, a host should leave extra rolls in plain sight for guests to access and replace when needed.

Remember to be respectful of a person’s home.  Do not rummage around in cabinets for items you may want, such as aspirin. Instead, always ask the host to assist you.

Always flush. This should be common sense.  Flushing is as much a priority as washing your hands. The wide use of toilet and urinal sensors has made the issue of flushing a moot point in most public bathrooms.  If, however, the bathroom you’re using does not have a sensor,  it’s up to you to flush immediately after you finish. The old rule of “if it’s yellow let it mellow, if it’s brown flush it down.” does not apply to public facilities. Urinals need to be flushed too—it will help keep foul odors at a minimum.

Flushing is just one part of keeping any bathroom tidy. Don’t forget to also pick up any toilet paper if it has fallen to the floor, remove any newspapers or reading materials that you’ve brought in, and clean up the toilet seat or rim if you’ve splattered.  It’s important to treat a public or friend’s bathroom with even more care and respect than you treat your bathroom at home.

Don’t conduct business in an office or public bathroom. A public bathroom is not a cubicle with a toilet. Therefore,  don’t use this very specific space to conduct business, make phone calls, or send e-mails.

Wash your hands! This should be self explanatory.  Germs are spread through contact. Washing your hands not only helps disinfect the germs that were on you before you went into the bathroom,  but makes sure you walk out with  fewer germs on your hands than when you walked in.

Sink usage. If you are going to use the sink do not make a mess.  Do not be splash water all over.  And, if you: shave,  comb, brush, or cut your hair around the sink take the time to clean up after yourself.

Stall and urinal choices. You should always chose the toilet stall or urinal which gives both you and other people in the bathroom the most “buffer room”—the one on the end.  If there is only one stall or urinal left—wait—No one wants to feel crowded.

Use the trash recepticles. Put your used paper towels  and any other trash in a recepticle,  never just toss it on the floor or in the general direction of the recepticle as your’re leaving.

BONUS TIP: When placing a new roll of bathroom tissue in its holder, the tissues are to be unrolled from over the top, so the end hangs in front of the roll, not behind.  Of course, if you have a cat or a child that unrolls the toilet paper onto the floor or into the toilet bowl, that’s different—you may let the end hang behind the roll.

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