Ask Yourself This Question: Do You Have Toilet Etiquette?


How would you like to be branded at work – as a slob who leaves poo bombs in the office toilet or as an employee who has human decency, cleanliness and consideration for others?

It’s not uncommon to walk into the toilet at work and found that someone has defecated all over the place or urinated and didn’t bother to dispose of them.

When a person walks into a serviceably clean toilet at their workplace and proceeds to go on a rampage with no respect or consideration for the people they work with, they are telling others, “Hey, I engage in deliberate bad behaviour. Please, see me as ill-mannered and filthy!”

The toilet is one of the places in the workplace that contains the maximum germs. The following etiquette will help to use this private room properly and keep it hygienic.

To start with, when you’re with coworkers, no need to announce you’re going to poop or pee and fill their minds with gross pictures, except someone asks you. Even at that, I suggest, you simply say, “I want to use the restroom.” In place of this statement, you can also say, “Excuse me I would be back,” and leave.

If you’re a man and you simply want to pee, lift up the toilet seat to prevent it from getting wet and spreading germs to others. Then when you’re done, put the seat back down.

Never touch the toilet seat with your bare hand. To prevent catching germs, use tissue paper or the side of your shoe to lift it put.

As a lady, before you sit down on the toilet seat shared with everyone at work, protect it.  Have a toilet seat protector dispenser at hand or come to work with a packet of tissue paper you can always strip and place on the toilet seat before seating on it. Men are not exempted from this hygiene practice.


When you use the toilet, wipe or wash, flush and disinfect the toilet. Don’t make life difficult for the janitor that cleans the area.


To prevent catching diseases that can make you awfully sick, wash your hands after using the toilet.  Scrub with soap for 20 to 30 seconds, and be sure to clean between your fingers, on the back of your hands, and under your nails. After, use an alcohol-based hand sanitiser. Use one that’s at least 60 per cent alcohol.

Don’t splash water everywhere.

When you miss the garbage can by accident, don’t just walk away. Use a tissue paper strip to dispose of the waste.

To make the work environment hygienic, every employee has a role to play. Start playing your part today. Never leave your mess for others to clean up for you. Follow social rules and live like a civilized person in a polite society.

I hope this content point you towards practising the right toilet etiquette.

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Your friend and Coach,

Damilola Ogunremi

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