Ladies, I want to sit down and have a conversation about the restroom and restroom etiquette. Now I know we’ve all been into restrooms where the stalls were poorly put together, broken, or just plain filthy, but those are not the bathrooms I’m talking about today. Today I want to talk about the public restroom at your office or some other relatively clean spot. It’s cleaned anywhere from 2-4 times a day by professionals with professional grade cleaning supplies. It’s used by a reasonable number of women. It’s the kind of place we should all want to keep clean.
Do you get annoyed when the man in your life misses the toilet and pees on the toilet seat or floor? I don’t anymore, but I’ve been there. Do you get annoyed when you find an unflushed toilet in a stall so you pick another one? We’re all guilty. Do you hate finding toilet paper all over the floor? Of course. Do you hate the fact that the area around the sink is completely covered in water so you have nowhere to put your stuff? How could you not?
Yet these are problems we all face in the public restroom EVERY single day. I don’t know how many times I’ve walked into a public restroom to find pee on the toilet seat. I get it ladies. You don’t want to sit on a gross public toilet that might have a lot of germs on it. Listen, that toilet is cleaned more times in a day than some people clean their home toilet in a week. It’s not filthy, and if it is you can generally tell. That being said though, if you absolutely do not want to sit down even using the nice toilet guard that is provided please straddle the entire seat and wipe up after yourself. Collect a lot of toilet paper and swipe it across so that your hands don’t actually have to touch it, but please don’t just leave it for the next person.
Flushing the toilet takes 2 extra seconds. It takes another 2 seconds to make sure that you actually finished the job. Please don’t leave this for the next person. Of course I think that most of us should really just flush it when we notice it versus leaving it too. We’re all busy, but we shouldn’t be too busy to flush!
I get that some people don’t want to touch anything in the bathroom, but I hate seeing all of the paper just spewed around for someone else to clean up. I don’t say this to be accusatory, but I’ve seen it so many times. The lady who doesn’t want to touch the door on the way out, but she also doesn’t do anything other than drop it on the floor after sometimes this is accidental and sometimes it’s not. That being said I think that if it is accidental we can all pick up after ourselves.
No one is perfect, and we are all going to still drop things or do things without noticing sometimes, but I think it’s important for us to care about others. I want to live in a world where we care about the person who comes behind us in a considerate manner. Let’s all try and do one extra thing to help those who have to clean up after us.