Paul Durkin

Bathroom Etiquette You Should Never Break

Published: 17 January 2014 | By Paul Durkin.

You know what really grinds my gears? Poor bathroom etiquette.Public toilet sign

Your mother certainly wouldn't have raised you to have bad habits, so make sure you don't break any of the cardinal rules.

Bathroom Etiquette:

1. Keep the Door Closed! Even if you’ve been with your partner for what seems like an eternity, NEVER leave the door open whilst using the toilet.

2. Remember: Always Put the Seat Down: Gents, it takes 1 second to put the toilet seat down. So after you’re finished, remember to leave the seat how you found it.

3. Ventilate, Ventilate and Ventilate: If you’ve gone for a number 2, then make sure you ventilate well: If you have a fan, make sure it’s on; if you have a window, open it.

4. Replace Finished Toilet Rolls: Simply putting a new toilet roll in the bathroom is not good enough, remember to replace the empty cardboard roll on the holder.

5. Don’t Leave Behind Any Stains: I can’t stand going to the toilet and seeing the remains of the person who went before me. So, please clean those poo stains!

6. If You Sprinkle When You Tinkle, Wipe That Seat: Enough said.

7. Don’t Talk On The Phone: No one wants to speak to you whilst you’re doing your business, so wait until you’ve left the bathroom.

With 1 in 6 mobile phones tainted with faecal matter, it would suggest there are many of you out there breaking this cardinal rule[1].

Urinal Etiquette:

Now this one’s just for the gents: Guys, make sure you don’t fall foul of the ‘Man Code’.Breaking bathroom etiquette

1. Observe The Splash Zone: I’m sure we’ve all been there: you’re poised, ready to do your business, then another man comes and stands right next to you.

It’s called a splash zone for a reason; after all, who wants a backsplash from another man?

2. Look Straight Ahead: You should either be concentrating on the action or focusing straight ahead: I don’t think I need to elaborate on why this is important.

3. NEVER Talk: You’re standing at the urinal for one reason, so don’t be tempted to multi-task and talk at the same time – Just wait a couple minutes.