Be it the toilet at your workplace or at school or at a filing station or any where public, your ability to abide by simple toilet etiquette will help improve the health of people around you and in turn the City.
With the advent of Covid-19 and other infectious diseases, it’s more important than ever to do your part to help keep the city clean and crime free with proper bathroom etiquette.
Here are some of the basics toilet Etiquette you shouldn’t flout again:
1. Don’t Urinate on the Floor or the Toilet Seat
Men stereotypically pee on the floor, and women on a toilet seat. Whether you’re in a gender neutral bathroom or not, it’s polite to make sure your pee stays inside the toilet. If for some reason you splash some on the seat or the floor, be a good citizen and clean up after yourself!
And if you’ve heard that it’s more sanitary to sit hovering above the seat – you don’t need to. It could very well make a big mess on the seat and floor, cause you leg cramps, and doesn’t help protect you very much – if at all – from germs.
2. Do Flush
Seriously, You don’t flush, why is it so difficult to push down that handle. It’s the easiest quickest thing you’ll probably do all day. Easier and quicker than walking to the toilet, locking the door, pulling down your pants, taking a dump, and wiping up with all that extra toilet paper that you’re leaving in the bowl. You can’t take two seconds to flush?
3. Don’t Talk on the Phone Or Sing in The Toilet
Have you ever been on an important call and realized that you needed to use the bathroom? Yeah, we all have. But that doesn’t mean you should take it into the public bathroom.
In fact, the more important the call, the worse this scenario becomes. If you make the grave error of going into the restroom while you’re on that call, there’s a number of bodily sounds that could occur.
At some point, you’re gonna have to un-mute. The person in the stall next to you is probably wondering whether they should flush the toilet, and the person on the phone is wondering what the heck all those sounds are!
Same with singing, you aren’t in a studio, you can afford to do that in your private bathroom but not in the public one, why? because you might just be a nuisance to the other people in the restroom. Plus you might be exposing yourself to diseases in the loo.
4. Do the Mid-Sit Flush
If you need to continue sitting on the toilet for awhile longer, and there’s already some waste in the bowl, go ahead and give it a flush. You can flip that handle again later.
Most people will agree that diminishing the smell with a mid-sit flush is worth it. Some might even say it improves public health. It’s also called a ‘courtesy flush’ for good reason. So let’s be courteous!
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5. Don’t Bring In Confidential Conversations
The public restroom is not private. That’s why it’s called public. So don’t bring your bestie or your employee in the bathroom and hash it all out in front of random strangers.
They might actually not be strangers, and know who or whatever you’re talking about. Save your confidential conversations and gossip for a private or confidential space.
6. Do Wash Your Hands
If there’s one thing COVID taught us is that there’s almost nothing more important you can do to stop the spread of disease than washing your hands. The second most important thing is probably using a toilet.
So do both. One after another. In fact, wash your hands before, and wash your hands after. And no need to rush it! But remember, If you’re in a multi-stall public restroom, be aware other people might be waiting for you to finish.
7. Don’t Knock on a Locked Door
It’s locked. Uuuhhhmmm so… what exactly is it that you’re unclear about? You’re just being annoying and note you’re not gonna make them pee any faster.
Culled from The Portland Loo