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Why do people close the bathroom door, even though they are home alone?

Updated on August 4, 2014

Do you close the bathroom door while you are alone in the house?

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I'm going to say now that this was a request... I didn't think about making a Hub about such a good topic myself!

There are several answers to this, one being that people do it simply out of habit. Perhaps a person lives with several other people, such as siblings or grandparents. They have probably had to close the door to the bathroom for years, and it's become a routine. Going to the bathroom in public places encourages door-shutting as well. Children may watch their parents do it over and over again until it becomes a learned behavior. As soon as they walk in the restroom, they shut the door, whether they are home alone or not.

Shutting the door may also be for one's own peace of mind, like for feeling safe and protected. For instance, my mom says even if the weather is extremely warm, she has to at least keep some bedsheet over her feet while she sleeps for the feelings of security. Similarly, people may want to keep the door shut to the bathroom for one last shred of protection from invaders or other dangers... or uninvited guests. Maybe they're doing something they don't want anyone to know about, so they keep the door shut just in case. A bad experience with an unexpected encounter would certainly inspire someone to remember to shut the door no matter what.

It might depend on where the bathroom is in the house; if it's a little thing attached to the bedroom at the back of the house, then people might not feel it is as urgent to shut the door, but if it's near the front of the house by the front window, that's another story...

Maybe people shut the bathroom door because they have pets. They sometimes just don't understand what a person is doing in there in the first place, so they see no reason why they can't visit.

It might be nice to keep the door shut while taking a shower so cold air doesn't come in and the warmth escapes.

Finally, they may have stunk up the room so badly that they don't want it to spread to the rest of the house.

Hilarious Bathroom Prank


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    • C.S.Alexis profile image

      C.S.Alexis 9 years ago from NW Indiana

      I know someone who never shuts the door and it really drives me crazy, spare me, you know? C.S. Alexis

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      l0wryda 9 years ago from Michigan, USA

      You close the door in order to maintain the air circulation within the bathroom and allow the fan ventilation to expel and recycle the air xD You don't want the adjacent room to smell like your bathroom do you! =D

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      pcjunkychick 9 years ago from OKC

      I will be cracking up about that first video

      for a long time to come.

      I gotta share that one.. :)

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      pcjunkychick 9 years ago from OKC


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      Name 9 years ago

      If you have roommates, you still shut the door when you're alone because you never know when somebody's going to walk in the front door.

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      topstuff 9 years ago

      I also agree with other people about the hubs greatness but i cannt understand one reason provided here its "Maybe they're doing something they don't want anyone to know about, so they keep the door shut just in case".he

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      Scooter Gray 9 years ago from Sunny Georgia

      Great Hub.. I believe we are all creatures of habit, not that far removed from the pets you speak of.

    • rajasekharan profile image

      rajasekharan 9 years ago

      Good Hub. I didn't quite think past the habit perspective. I never thought pets would be an issue either.

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      glassvisage 9 years ago from Northern California

      Thanks Rochelle! Yeah, I get visits from my cat; in fact, she can open the door herself!

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      Rochelle Frank 9 years ago from California Gold Country

      I have a friend who lives alone, except for several pets. She told me that she doesn't understand why the dogs and cats have to join her when she sits in the bathroom. (Obviously she doesn't close the door.) I said it was probably about bonding. She is doing something they can identify with. When she cooks or vacuums or paints a picture-- they can't understand it, but some things she does-- they might feel they have in common.

      I think you covered the main reasons very well.