Multi-Stall Women's Bathroom/Restroom Etiquette

There are Rules to Using the Women's Restroom - Especially at Work

There are many unspoken rules regarding the use of the women's restroom. Some women seem to be raised by wolves and disregard these rules. Thus, the reason that the unspoken must be spoken now.

  1. Monday/Wednesday/Friday - when space allows please use alternating stalls so that you are not directly next to another woman. We need a little buffer room.
  2. Please do not talk on your cell phone in the bathroom. You may not realize it, but broadcasting my bathroom noises to God knows who makes me uncomfortable. Also, if you are talking on the phone, don't glare at people when they flush.
  3. Get rid of all bodily fluids in the bathroom. That includes nose blowing. Just go to the bathroom and take care of all of that. If you blow your nose at your desk you are not washing your hands afterwords, then you are touching things that I touch.
  4. If you are forced to sit in the stall directly next to someone, watch your feet. There's no reason to have one foot in the stall to your left and one in the stall to your right.
  5. The stall is a quiet zone. Once I enter I don't want you to talk to me anymore. We can chat again once I get out. It's kind of a private experience.
  6. Give a courtesy flush if you make something smelly. Get rid of that as soon as possible so that people don't think something curled up and died in there.
  7. Wash your hands. People do judge you if you don't, besides, it's gross not to.
  8. If you make a mess during that time of the month, just get a piece of toilet paper and clean it up. Nobody wants to look at that.
  9. You know the old adage: "If you sprinkle when you tinkle, be a sweetie, and wipe the seatie?" That applies to you, hoverers. If you must float a foot above the toilet you must clean up the incredible mess that makes.
  10. Some people really like those little paper things that go over the toilet seat. However, their affection seems to quickly wane when it comes time to dispose of it. Just flush it, don't leave it there. Nobody wants to touch your toilet seat cover.
  11. Please do not stand over the sink and do your makeup or hair, oblivious to people waiting to wash their hands. Co-exist.
  12. Please don't be weird. Restrain yourself for the sake of others in the room. It is possible to use the restroom without making noises similar to giving birth, singing, or commenting on whatever just came out of you.

Okay, so they're not really rules, just things that make life better for everyone. Also, a lot of these 'violations' create unusable stalls, so people are waiting for fewer stalls, creating waits for everyone. That's just plain impolite. So be polite and use bathroom etiquette.

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breakfastpop 6 years ago

What can I say except interesting hub and I hate public toilets!!!


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GiblinGirl 4 years ago from New Jersey

Hilarious hub and definitely true - good advice that everyone should heed.


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Peter Geekie 3 years ago from London

Now I thought it was only men who did that sort of thing.

Voted up, funny and interesting.

Kind regards Peter


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Sunshine625 3 years ago from Orlando, FL

Well said! I'll never get the talking on the phone while relieving oneself. Texting is more acceptable. Actually there are emoticons that can be used while doing ones business NOT that I've used them but your hub made me think of them. Haha!!


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DzyMsLizzy 3 years ago from Oakley, CA

It never ceases to amaze me just how UNcommon "common" sense and courtesy have become.

I don't understand the 'straddlers.' That's what the paper covers are for--(what some folks indelicately (but humorously) refer to as "A$$ Gaskets" LOL). Years back, my mother penned her own poem about that: "Ladies: If you must straddle when you tinkle, please lift the seat, or wipe your sprinkle."

Indeed--no one wants to come in behind you and clean up your unsanitary mess. (And I'm sure even the janitorial staff is not thrilled...) Clean it up yourself, or don't make a mess to start with. It's beyond rude.

As for "buffer zones," ... it's not like there are no partitions...I don't stress over that. But, here's a rule-of-thumb tip: the stall farthest from the door will usually be the cleanest.

Voted up.


Mary 2 years ago

No one has perfect aim, and just wiping splatters from the seat with a dry tissue is disgusting. The rules are the same for men and women who stand while relieving themselves: 1) lift the seat (use a tissue if you don't want to touch it); 2) wipe away any sprinkles when you are finished; 3) put the seat all the way down; and 4) flush.

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