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Women's Public Restroom Etiquette 101

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It's Potty Time!

Oh dear. I seriously cannot believe this is where my writing has taken me. But yet, here I am. I am writing a restroom etiquette hub. I have seen so much disgusting behavior in women's restrooms, I have been forced to write this hub. I am not just ashamed in general; I am ashamed for society as a whole.

So, here we go. Let's go on this potty journey together, shall we? Men reading this hub, sorry you are not included. I tend to not visit the men's room so much, so you guys are on your own there. I am sure you would benefit from a Men's Restroom Etiquette hub, but I am not the person to do it.

A Little Space, Please

If you go into a public restroom and there are a number of stalls, please do not get in the stall beside me.  If there are two stalls and I am occupying one, by all means, use the stall beside me.  If there are ten stalls, why oh why, do you get in the stall beside me?  I would love to have a little privacy.  I understand if all the stalls look disgusting except the stall you just picked, but otherwise, put a space between us.

Also, do not look under the stall.  That is creepy.  I have had random women compliment my shoes while I am in the stall!  Lady, you are looking a little too much into my stall.  You need to step back and not say a word.

You Can Spare a Square with the Toilet Paper

If I am out of toilet paper in my stall, I am obviously not in a good situation. Typically, I always check before going in, but sometimes, I just forget. Please help me out. If you are in the next stall, please hand some toilet paper under the wall if I ask. If you are in a stall further away from me (thanks, by the way) please hand me some toilet paper under my door as you leave.  It is the nice thing to do. I know the situation is awkward, but it is not a fun time for me either.

Thanks But No Thanks for the Artwork

I guess some people enjoy spending time in the public restroom, so maybe that is why I always find artwork in the stalls. Gee, thanks for the graffiti, but it was totally unnecessary. No, I don't want your ex-boyfriend's phone number. No, I don't care that you are in love with your current boyfriend. Little hearts drawn on the bathroom stall door is not that exciting.

As for a more, umm... delicate subject... please please please please do not rub poo on the walls. You heard me. And you know who you are. What on earth is going on in your head? What would ever inspire you to do something like that? Please seek therapy right now. I am dead serious. Is this a fetish? Are you unstable? What is wrong with you?

While we are on this subject, my friend also suggests you do not stick your feminine napkins to the wall. Yes, this rule applies no matter whether it is used or new. We don't need to see that. Thanks, but no thanks.

Wipe the Seat Off

I am sure some women have made an Olympic sport out of hovering over the seat and never exactly sitting down on a public restroom toilet. I applaud your efforts. There are some of you out there that have mastered this practice to such an impressive degree that you should teach others.

However, there are those of you that have not mastered the technique. That is OK. Now that you have managed to tinkle on the seat, please wipe it off before leaving the stall. It is totally gross when you leave it that way. Also, if you are so offended by public restrooms that you can't even sit on the toilet seat, you should do your part to keep them clean.

If you create a "nest" with the toilet paper or use a flushable seat cover, please remember to clean that off the toilet, as well. No one wants to deal with your used toilet paper on the seat. You can either flush it down the toilet if it isn't much or use the feminine napkin disposal unit on the side of the stall if you've created a giant toilet paper nest.



This is a totally simple concept. If you use the bathroom, flush the toilet. If the toilet does not work properly and the first flush doesn't work, do it again. If you are reading this hub, you are smart enough to work a toilet properly. It is as simple as that.

Also, do not clog the toilet with random items.  The toilet can handle toilet paper.  It can't always handle feminine products and it certainly can't handle paper towels, receipts, and other items.  Be nice to the public restroom toilet.  We all need to use it.

Conserve the Water

Now that our journey is almost through (thank goodness!), it is time to talk about the final step. You need to wash your hands. Please tell me you are washing your hands, right? At any rate, don't leave the water running. It wastes water and that is not good for anyone. It helps prevent a water shortage when making sure the water is always turned off wherever you go.

I hope this hub has been helpful for you.  Please remember to keep public restrooms as clean as possible.  No one likes to use them, but we are all forced to do so when we are not at home for a long time.  For now, I am through writing this Women's Restroom Etiquette hub.  Sometimes writing a hub is dirty work, but somebody has to do it.

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Jeannie Marie (author) from Baltimore, MD on January 17, 2015:

Yes, gross bathrooms certainly do make for a crappy day. ;-) Thanks for dropping by my hub.

The Schreibfeder on January 15, 2015:

Amen. Women can be so gross... This is a wonderfully written hub. Thank you for illuminating this issue. A gross bathroom can really make for a crappy day.

divajz from Southern California on August 14, 2012:

OK - I just have to take the picture today and then I will publish.

Jeannie Marie (author) from Baltimore, MD on August 14, 2012:

Thanks so much. I will make sure to check out your article. :-)

divajz from Southern California on August 13, 2012:

Okay, and I will put a link in to this article too - I think it's worth passing around for a couple of chuckles!

Jeannie Marie (author) from Baltimore, MD on August 12, 2012:

I look forward to reading it. Good luck!

divajz from Southern California on August 12, 2012:

Ok, I will - it will be interesting to see how well it does compared to my not so great results at yahoo...........I'm studying up on the keyword crap - I hate writing that way!

Jeannie Marie (author) from Baltimore, MD on August 11, 2012:

Since I am a huge HubPages fan, I think you should publish it as a hub. :-)

divajz from Southern California on August 11, 2012:

well, your article certainly gave me the will to finish the article, and I can't find that the topic has been covered anywhere now I'm just wondering if I should make it my first hub, or submit it to Yahoo instead? What says you?

Jeannie Marie (author) from Baltimore, MD on August 11, 2012:

Thanks so much for checking out my hub! I think your idea sounds great. I would totally read about that. I don't think anyone has covered it yet. I do have to admit though, I might be an offender! Now that I know it bothers others, I will be careful to stop leaving those little strips behind. Thanks for the comment!

divajz from Southern California on August 11, 2012:

That was a hoot! I have yet to write a hub (since I also write elsewhere and just haven't gotten around to it yet..........) anyway, I came across your hub by testing some keywords to see how a story I've been trying to write would make out........I want to write about something that you didn't mention in your hub............that is, the dreaded strips of toilet paper that women like to hang over the crevice in between the stalls!! Really?! Do you think other women really want to peep?! Now, after reading your story, I'm not so sure. It's just that I absolutely hate that stupid strip of TP hanging there; it's so damn tacky! The first thing I do when I enter one of those stalls decorated in TP is to yank it down!

Jeannie Marie (author) from Baltimore, MD on August 08, 2012:

You are so right. That is disgusting on so many levels. First of all, no one wants a kid crawling into their stall when they are trying to use the bathroom. Second, I can only begin to imagine all the germs on that floor. Who allows their child to do that? Ewww! Thanks for the comment!

crissytsu from Texas on August 07, 2012:

Here is another idea (happened to me earlier today) about parents teach their children it's not okay to crawl under stalls (especially when other people are pottying in it)...I was in the restroom at the mall earlier and some kid came crawling under my stall.

G. Diane Nelson Trotter from Fontana on August 03, 2012:

You are RIGHT on the hotel restrooms! I stop by those often!

Jeannie Marie (author) from Baltimore, MD on August 03, 2012:

carrieirene - Yes, some people take forever in the bathroom. This is especially annoying if there is only one or two stalls and there is a long line. Thanks for checking out my hub!

Traci21 - I imagine a public restroom is a scary place for a 3 year old. For that matter, it is scary for adults so it must be that much worse for a small child. Thanks for the comment!

crissytsu - That sounds so miserable. I don't blame you for locking the bathroom door and saying it is broke. Customers often get angry when there are no public restrooms at a store or business, but seriously, that is exactly why. The disgusting customers ruin it for everyone else. Thanks for dropping by my hub.

dianetrotter - I know exactly what you mean. There is a KFC near me with the worst bathrooms. It makes me wonder what the standards are like in the kitchen if the bathroom is that bad. I've always heard hotel restrooms are the best places to go. They have to keep them clean to encourage people to stay there. Thanks for the comment!

G. Diane Nelson Trotter from Fontana on August 02, 2012:

Some stores don't stock their restrooms adequately. Some chains differ from location to location. There are several Ross's that I have on my traveling route because I know they are good to go. However, the ones I have found to be nasty are always nasty which means there is a management problem. Paper strewn over the wet floor, no seat covers, no tissue, non-functioning toilets, etc. The restaurants that have these nasty bathrooms are not safe places to eat.

crissytsu from Texas on August 02, 2012:

What about people that pass gas really loud a couple of stalls down? I know it is a bathroom but I get embarrassed for them anyway, apparently they're not as embarrassed to let one rip (or slip)...I worked at a laundry mat in the ghetto for a second job once and I finally refused to clean the bathroom. I got tired of cleaning up after people that intentionally throw soiled toilet paper on the floor instead of simply pushing a lever to flush it. I mean the toilet functioned just fine, why would they wipe and just toss it on the floor one right after another?? I think you may be right about people getting joy out of being completely disgusting. Maybe they got their kicks out of torturing me, I don't know ...but I eventually locked the bathroom down and said it was broken while I was at work.

Traci from North Carolina on August 02, 2012:

This is hilarious! My poor 3 year old hates using public restrooms except at Walmart were they have a small seat. When we go to use it the employees are using it! I understand the family restroom is cleaner but its a family restroom!

carrieirene from Virginia on August 02, 2012:

Also, don't dilly dally! I get stage fright and can hardly pee if there's someone in there!! Great hub! :)

Jeannie Marie (author) from Baltimore, MD on August 02, 2012:

crissytsu - Sometimes I wonder if some women have a fear of using the bathroom alone and that is why they use the next stall. Perhaps horror movies have taught them the killer is more likely to grab them if they are in the far corner alone or something. Or maybe they just figure if they need to borrow toilet paper, the next person can help them out. Who knows? It is one of life's great mysteries. :-) Thanks for the comment!

Josh Bell - It is a little scary, but hey, I am here to help. :-) Thanks for checking out the hub.

Sharkye11 - You do have a point. A clean stall with graffiti is better than a dirty stall without graffitti anyday. I just never feel I can truly appreciate the artwork while I am on the potty. But you have a point - there could be much worse stuff in there! Thanks for the comment.

nina64 - It is really disgusting what some people do. You would think it is only the mentally ill doing these things, but I think there must be a lot of people who just get some type of joy out of being gross. Thanks for checking out my hub and thanks for the vote up!

Nina L James from chicago, Illinois on August 02, 2012:

What a fascinating hub!!!!! Honestly, I never thought that some people would go through such lengths to humiliate themselves by doing such vile things in the ladies room. I totally agree with you 100 percent. Now that I have read this hub, I will definitely take more care in watching what goes on before and after I leave the ladies room. It's sad when women do such nasty things. I guess when you know better, you do better. Voted up!!!!!

Jayme Kinsey from Oklahoma on August 02, 2012:

Great article. I agree that most of these behaviors are ridiculously disgusting. The only exception for me is graffiti, which doesn't bother me. I would rather see a clean stall with graffiti any day over a filthy stall without. ( believe it or not, I have seen some remarkable art and poetry on bathroom walls. Shame the artist didn't choose a better place to expose their talent!)

BM on the walls is the most disgusting thing in the world. I can't imagine what people are thinking. Its a shame that this is what has become of women. We used to be ladies....

Josh Bell on August 02, 2012:

Nice hub. It's sad that people actually have to be told to do these things.

crissytsu from Texas on August 02, 2012:

I've always been bothered by people that use the stall next to you when there are 20 more available...It's ridiculous. Great hub.

Jeannie Marie (author) from Baltimore, MD on August 02, 2012:

lindiesl - Maybe I should make it a habit to take a kid with me anytime I use the bathroom so she can point out when others are being disgusting. No one can mad at a kid, but it needs to be said. Thanks for sharing your story!

Ruth Pieterse - Yes, it seems like it is the basics that people really need. Thanks for the vote up!

Alina R - It is pretty gross if you think about how many people use the bathroom each day, but I just try not to think about it. I usually just clean the toilet before using it. Come to think of it, maybe I should start carrying anti-bacterial wipes for just those moments. Thanks for the comment!

Icematikx - Thanks so much!

Icematikx from United Kingdom, Staffordshire on August 02, 2012:

Excellent read :)

Alina R from Toronto, Canada on August 02, 2012:

Even if the public washroom looks clean, I would never in my life touch the seat with any part of my body. I just avoid it, as I imagine all sorts of germs! There are ways to keep things clean, however it isn't always possible if there are hundreds and thousands of people using the same facility each day.

Ruth Pieterse on August 02, 2012:

People do need to be reminded of the basics! Voted up.

Lindie from Pennsylvania on August 02, 2012:

This was a great hub. I am sorry if someone else has said something similar (I did not read all of the comments given, sorry) but I spend so much time trying to teach my 3 daughters proper etiquette when using a public bathroom (including all the things listed) that it amazes me that grown women do not get this concept. Maybe their mothers didn't teach them? I once witnessed a lady in a very expensive buisness suit come out of the stahl, go over to the mirror put her hands to her head and put gloss on her lips. Did I mention she skipped the washing her hands part. Ewwwwww! My 9 year old (who was 3 at the time) said very loudy, as all kids do, "Why doesn't she have to wash her hands?" I kind of hope she was embarressed for herself.

Jeannie Marie (author) from Baltimore, MD on August 01, 2012:

Relationshipc - Yes, I agree! I can't stand it when kids peek under the stall in the bathroom or the dressing room. A nice foot in their general direction (not an actual kick, of course) usually does the trick. Thanks for the comment!

christin53 - You are so right. I have to keep tissues in my purse at all times. Sometimes when you've got to go, you've got to go. Thanks for the comment!

Ann-Christin from UK on August 01, 2012:

Great hub and I agree with everything you've said. I only use public toilets when absolutely necessary. I have learnt to always carry a handy pack of tissues in my handbag just in case and also antibacterial hand gel.

Kari on August 01, 2012:

Agreed with all of the above. And I've even got one to add. If you bring your little boy into the washroom with you, then please pay attention to what he is doing. I have gone to the bathroom and suddenly noticed two eyes peeping in the crack between the door and the stall - and I was not happy. Necessary hub! :)

Jeannie Marie (author) from Baltimore, MD on August 01, 2012:

Lovelovemeloveme - Wow, you just never know what you'll find in the bathroom, huh? I guess some people have a real hidden "talent." Ew is all I can say. Thanks for sharing your story.

shalini sharan - Thanks so much. I am happy you enjoyed it.

shalini sharan from Delhi on August 01, 2012:

i wish all women could read this

i am sharing it

Lovelovemeloveme from Cindee's Land on August 01, 2012:

Jeannieinabottle, there used to be an anonymous lady at my work place. (and I work for one of the richest corporate companies. They do credit and background checks. Everyone is in business attire). Anyways, this sweet lady used to take out the trash every now and then on her shift and spray it on the walls. I don't know if her @ss hole is semi water gun or something, but somehow her poop always made it on the wall. That's a talent right there.

Jeannie Marie (author) from Baltimore, MD on August 01, 2012:

Jennifer Stone - That sounds terrible! I guess she really had to go. It is terrible when there are only two bathrooms and both are occupied. I am never the type to be too bashful about using the men's room if there is just one toilet and I can lock the bathroom. It is a shame they could not happen in that situation.

You are so right... festival toilets are the very worst. I won't use them unless it is an absolute emergency. Bar bathrooms are always pretty horrifying, too. Women really can destroy a bathroom. Thanks for your comment!

Lovelovemeloveme - Oh, you've got to be kidding me! I have yet to see booger/snot art. That sounds awful! What weirdos! It is amazing the things people will do when no one is looking. Yuck! Thanks for the comment!

That Grrl - Thanks so much. It's tough, but someone has to tackle the major issues in our society today. Hehehe.

mejohnson- Posting this on the stall doors might help. :-) Thanks for checking out my hub.

Jeannie Marie (author) from Baltimore, MD on August 01, 2012:

fpherj48 - I know exactly what you mean. "Holding it" just doesn't work as well as it once did once you hit a certain age. I don't take my chances... sometimes I just have to use that public restroom. Thanks for checking out my hub!

Janine Huldie - I am ever so grateful whenever I've come upon that situation, people have always been willing to spare a square. :-) Unfortunately, that is not the case if no one else is in the bathroom. Yuck! I try to always fully inspect the stall now before using it. Thanks for the comment and thanks for sharing!

lindalou1963 - That sounds awful. We have to use a public restroom at my job, too. 3 different offices on my floor share the same restroom. We swear the women in one office must have been raised in the wilderness or something. They are the worst offenders of the non-flush. And gasp... one of them NEVER washes her hands. Office restrooms are sometimes the wrost of all the public restrooms. Thanks for the comment!

mejohnson on August 01, 2012:

I wish I could get some of the women in my building to read this hub!

Laura Brown from Barrie, Ontario, Canada on August 01, 2012:

I saw the title for this post on the HubPages main feed and my first thought was WHO would be writing something like that! Of course it's you, Jeannie. lol You can write about anything, literally. If you were bottled I would order one to open any time I want a bit of fun and nonsense or something wonderfully interesting and unique to read.

Lovelovemeloveme from Cindee's Land on August 01, 2012:

HAHAH good hub! i can't believe some ppl and their bathroom etiquette.

Can you add one for my behalf. PLease send a note to the nice lady who's been leaving nice booger marks in the bathroom that I do ever so enjoy her artistic booger carving talent every morning. One day, some day, I will track down who this mysterious artist is and thank her kindly for always leaving her graceful mark on the bathroom stall doors and wall so that I can concentrate on the dotsssss of booger as I do my business. It really helps me concentrate. Thank you coworker.

Jennifer Stone from the Riverbank, England on August 01, 2012:

Brilliant hub, and I agree with every point you've made! I've got no idea why women are so disgusting in public loo's, but it can make what should be a simple visit a really traumatic event... I'm not even going to mention festival toilets... yuck!

The other day I was in my local supermarket, and they only have 2 toilets that serve for men, women, disabled and baby changing... Both were occupied and there was a woman waiting who was very loudly saying things like..."what are they doing in there?" and "Why are they taking so long?", and she kept trying the handles as if she had been mistaken in thinking they were locked the first time she tried! I was so embarrassed, especially for the innocent people who were occupying the toilets at the time (assuming they weren't the ones spreading poo or covering the floor in tiny bits of torn up toilet paper (?)), I had to leave and come back after my shopping when she would surely be gone! (It did make my shopping trip a little quicker as I was a little distracted needing the loo! lol).

Great hub and sharing because there are clearly many women who need to learn this info and they'll never tell us who they are!

All the best, Jen

Linda from Texas on August 01, 2012:

HAHAHAHA!!! Where I work, we only have public restrooms so we have no choice but to use them. The worst thing about them is the huge spaces around the doors.... at least an inch!! When someone is trying to see if the stall is empty, they don't look under, they look thru the spaces!! I will SIT until everyone leaves, i don't care if there are only 2 stalls!! If they weren't watching through the cracks, I might be able to tend to business!!

Janine Huldie from New York, New York on August 01, 2012:

Jeannie, loved this one. So true about restroom etiquette and very much enjoyed your humor on this one. The spare a square of course got me thinking to the Seinfeld episode dedicated to this one and was so picturing Elaine asking Jamie Gertz to indeed "Spare a Square!" Thanks for this one and have voted and shared too!!

Suzie from Carson City on August 01, 2012: make my day, girl! Honestly? I try like heck to avoid "public" restrooms everywhere, but let's face it, away from home for more than an hour at a's impossible (especially at the age of my bladder!!) ......Thank Heavens I haven't aged as IT has!! UP+++

Jeannie Marie (author) from Baltimore, MD on July 12, 2012:

These are good tips, too. But yeah, it is annoying when people are too close to the door. Thanks for the comment!

gg54 on July 12, 2012:

how about this, please do not rush into the stall, especially if there are empty ones, give it time to air out!! (sorry, but that's human nature) and if you are waiting for the family bathroom, don't stand right outside the door, move back a few feet!!

Jeannie Marie (author) from Baltimore, MD on July 11, 2012:

Yes, women can certainly be disgusting. I know men wonder why we take so long in there. It is because we are trying to find the one clean toilet in the whole restroom! Once that fails, then we have to clean the least disgusting of the toilets so we can use it. Yuck!

Thanks for checking out my hub and thanks for the votes!

Liz Elias from Oakley, CA on July 10, 2012:

Goodness me! I've seen quite a few of the disgusting things you mention, but I've been fortunate to escape poo-smeared walls...ugh!

My ex used to work at a small company and moonlighted as janitor--he, too, said the women's room was always way messier than the men's. They did mostly phone ordering, and had very little walk-in traffic, so was it all from the 4 female employees??? Weird.

My mother wrote a short poem about the women (I don't think they're "ladies"...) who refuse to use the "ass gaskets" and refuse to be seated....

"Ladies, if you must straddle when you tinkle, please lift the seat or wipe your sprinkle!"

As for "WhatIsQ's" comment...leave the seat up? Because "that's what guys do?" Hmm... I thought that behavior was for peeing, and in a public restroom, they have urinals for the stalls and toilets would be for "#2," for which, I'm sure, most guys need to sit!.....

Voted up, funny, useful and ... ummm... interesting, for sure...

Jeannie Marie (author) from Baltimore, MD on February 04, 2012:

I am glad you agree with me on that one. I can't figure it out. My only theory is maybe she is scared there won't be toilet paper and she might need the person in the next stall to give her some. It is odd though. I just check the toilet paper situation before "taking a seat" if you know what I mean. Thanks for the comment!

Kate P from The North Woods, USA on February 03, 2012:

Another fantastic etiquette hub! I'm so glad to see I'm not the only one creeped out by someone getting into the stall beside me when there's nobody else there and there are like 50 other stalls they could go to. Great Hub!!

Jeannie Marie (author) from Baltimore, MD on January 27, 2012:

Thanks so much! I know what you mean. People need to keep spaces between stalls when possible. No one wants someone too close to them.

rutley from South Jersey on January 27, 2012:

Voted up! Loved it! I don't want to hear them and I don't want them to hear my bathroom sounds either!

Jeannie Marie (author) from Baltimore, MD on January 15, 2012:

Thanks, Alecia! Oddly, this remains my most popular etiquette hub on HubPages. I am amazed at how many people need some help with bathroom advice.

Alecia Murphy from Wilmington, North Carolina on January 15, 2012:

I don't know how I missed this hub but the advice is again spot on. Thanks Jeannie!

Jeannie Marie (author) from Baltimore, MD on January 09, 2012:

Hahaha... I am glad you appreciated the hub. You are so right on that issue. I've wanted to tell people in the past, "That smell - it wasn't me! I promise!" However, that seems silly so I always try to give a sympathetic look that I hope conveys that message. Probably not. Thanks for dropping by and thanks for the comment!

Anahi Pari-di-Monriva from Massachusetts on January 08, 2012:

Thanks for this hub. You're right...these things just need to be said! Although, one caveat: just remember, please, that simply because I'm the one you see come out of the stall doesn't mean I'm actually the one who has defaced/fouled it. Sometimes, you just gotta go, and the first stall that's open is "it." I'm one of those who can aim straight, but I refuse to wipe off someone else's errant drops. Just saying! :-)

PS Way to develop a niche topic!


Jeannie Marie (author) from Baltimore, MD on January 07, 2012:

I can't figure out what is going on in a lot of women's restrooms. It scares me what must be going on in some people's houses. Thanks for reading and for the comment!

Tracy B from Canada on January 06, 2012:

I can completely agree with you on all of these! It honestly shocks me that people can be so disrespectful of others. Really how hard is it to flush the toilet before you leave!?

Jeannie Marie (author) from Baltimore, MD on January 05, 2012:

I am glad you liked the hub. I suppose men always wonder what is going on in the women's restroom. I guess now you know... nothing good at all! At least the whole "not flushing to toilet thing" is something that brings men and women together. We do have so much in common after all! Thanks for reading and for the comment!

JoshuaDR from Charleston, SC on January 05, 2012:

enjoyed your hub.... the women's bathroom seems like a much different place than the men's. Although it seems that neither men nor women have learned how to flush the toilet consistently. =)

Jeannie Marie (author) from Baltimore, MD on January 04, 2012:

I am happy this hub could make you smile. I have never heard of that app before. I wonder how accurate it is. Thanks for sharing!

Dianna Mendez on January 03, 2012:

Thanks for the smile! Agree with your writing angle. I one of those people who hate to use a public bathroom because you never know what you will find. Wish everyone would read this article because the world would be a better place. Have you tried the squat and sit app? Heard it's good at locating clean restrooms.

Jeannie Marie (author) from Baltimore, MD on December 12, 2011:

Thanks, I am glad you liked it. I think women should try the no talking thing in the bathroom, too. I just can't have a good conversation in that situation. :-)

hubber088 from Baltimore, MD on December 11, 2011:

Great read and very interesting. Men usually don't talk at all in the bathrooms thankfully!

Jeannie Marie (author) from Baltimore, MD on October 28, 2011:

Thank you for reading and for sharing your restroom experiences, too. People do the weirdest things in a public restroom. I just don't get it.

It is pretty gross to see people not wash their hands in a hospital restroom. Whenever I am at a hospital, I like to wash my hands as much as possible, but maybe that is just me.

I am happy you enjoyed this hub and I hope you enjoy the others. For some reason, this one always seems to be everyone's 101 favorite.

VendettaVixen from Ireland on October 27, 2011:

Excellent hub, I really enjoyed this one. I've been in all of the above situations, except having my shoes complimented. Then again, I pretty much only wear runners.

I do have a pair people stare at a lot, but that's another story.

I've left school now, but I remember a few years ago, there was a huge cluster of girls (it was an all-girls school) hanging around the bathroom door and giggling. I asked one of them what it was that was so very amusing, and it turned out that sanitary napkins had been stuck all over the walls. They'd had little pictures drawn on them in eyeliner, lipstick, etc. It was disgustingly bizarre.

Also, I have a lot of hospital appointments due to various health problems, and on quite a few occasions I've had to use the restrooms there. I can't count the amount of times people have walked right out of the stall they'd been using, straight past the sinks, and out the door leading to the corridor. In a freaking hospital!

I've found too, that people in hospitals love to tell you about whatever illness it is they have. I'm empathetic, of course - I know what it's like to have a life-changing condition. But I don't exactly love chatting over a basin in a toilet roll-covered bathroom with two broken toilets, that may or may not have any soap in it's dispensers, depending on the day.

Anyway, shutting up now. Again, great hub. I notice you have other "101" pieces. Off to check them out now.

Jeannie Marie (author) from Baltimore, MD on October 26, 2011:

Yes, I am starting to think there is some weird poo fetish lady in this area. Sometimes I think men might be less disgusting than women. Thanks for the comment!

James Halpin from York, Pennsylvania on October 25, 2011:

Wow! I started to think you were talking about the men's room with the poo. Guess some women are getting just as disgusting as men. Great Hub!

Jeannie Marie (author) from Baltimore, MD on October 20, 2011:

Thanks for reading. I am starting to wondering if the poo on the wall thing is just something I've seen... perhaps there is a poo fetish lady living in Maryland. A number of people have told me they haven't seen this in other places. I am glad you enjoyed the hub. Thanks for the votes and the comment!

Nimra Aijaz from Steel Town on October 20, 2011:

Ahah it was definitely worth reading. I've seen a few cases that you mentioned , but poo on walls...:o or in that case anything of THAT sort....uhm uhm, this is disgusting! But as you said, people are disgusting sometimes, or maybe some simply don't bother to hide their disgusting side when they are alone in a stall!!!

Well voted up your hub, that was a different and untouched topic for sure! :) loved your natural writing style.

Jeannie Marie (author) from Baltimore, MD on September 24, 2011:

Thank you! Sometimes I just have to write a hub about things no one else wants to discuss.

Mamadrama from Upstate NY on September 23, 2011:


Jeannie Marie (author) from Baltimore, MD on September 23, 2011:

Thank you for the comment. People really are disgusting in public restrooms, aren't they? I just can't imagine what people are thinking sometimes. The dirty underwear thing sounds horrible. Someone did that when I lived in a dorm, too. She just flung the dirty underwear on a hook in the bathroom and left it. Ewww!

Jennuhlee from Pennsylvania on September 23, 2011:

What a great hub, these things all needed to be said, I work at a fast food place and I cannot even tell you all of the horrifying things I have seen while cleaning the restrooms! You may want to add, keep any used lady products and underwear, diapers, and other other ridiculous disgusting things in the garbage. Though must say seeing used underwear covered in...*cringes* discharge in the garbage actually isn't too great either. Anyway, great writing very enjoyable hub!

Jeannie Marie (author) from Baltimore, MD on July 27, 2011:

Thanks for the compliment. Yes, I remember that episode on Seinfeld. I think the guy's name was Poppy or something. Ewww!!!

Cut The Bullshit from All Over on July 27, 2011:

Love it! so funny :)

Also so many people don't even wash their hands. I just remembered n episode of Seinfeld when he was at a restaurant toilet and the chef didn't even bother washing his hands!

Jeannie Marie (author) from Baltimore, MD on July 24, 2011:

Thanks! Restroom etiquette is an important topic and someone needed to tackle it. :-)

htodd from United States on July 24, 2011:

Great hub...Nice

Jeannie Marie (author) from Baltimore, MD on April 07, 2011:

I am really not sure where I stand with the Men vs. Women's bathroom debate. Sometimes men insist their bathrooms are cleaner and sometimes men tell me their bathrooms are so scary I would lose sleep at night if I knew what was going on in there. Since I make it a habit not to visit men's public restrooms too much, it is still a mystery to me. 20/20 should do an investigative report on the matter. These are the things people need to know!

Thank you for bravely reading about women's restrooms and leaving a comment!

Thatguypk on April 07, 2011:

Brilliant hub, Jeannie. Very funny indeed, although I'm quite sure you are serious about the problem.

I have, in my time, shared living quarters with a few women, and am now happily married to one, and I would suggest that keeping a public restroom clean and tidy is no easier for some women than keeping their own bathrooms clean and tidy. Many a morning I have been disturbed to find facial wipes on the sink and the floor, hair on the floor of the shower, various creams, ointments, cleansers, lotions and potions taking up every available surface.... and worst of all, one of MY disposable razors on the step of the shower!!

Do you think that men are messier in the restroom? That might be another interesting debate!! :-)

Good health.

Jeannie Marie (author) from Baltimore, MD on March 24, 2011:

Hmmm, interesting theory. So you think because more women use the restroom and stay longer, it would be messier. This could be true. I still don't know why some women are so gross; maybe they have to be clean at home, so they just go wild in a women's restroom since they do not have to clean it.

ThatFatGuy from Here and there on March 24, 2011:

I worked in a restaurant and when I had to bus tables they made me clean all the restrooms. :( It was surprising how different men's and women's bathrooms varied from each other. Men's bathroom was generally clean all the time, while the women's room was disgusting. But I suppose it's because women are cleaner than men, using the bathroom more to clean themselves while they men don't use the restroom at all. Hilarious hub by the way :)

Jeannie Marie (author) from Baltimore, MD on March 23, 2011:

I am guessing that is the strategy. They have probably been taught to approach people in situations they can't escape. I would love to read a hub from someone that goes around trying to convert people. What is going on in their head? Hell, maybe they have some really funny stories to share.

Sunnyglitter from Cyberspace on March 23, 2011:

I think they try to convert me as I wash my hands because they know I can't escape. :)

I'm not going to stop washing my hands just to get away from them. Although there have been times when I considered it.

Jeannie Marie (author) from Baltimore, MD on March 23, 2011:

You are like a pioneer being the first guy to post a comment about this hub. Thank you for your bravery. I am horrified to think what might be going on in the men's room. Scary stuff!

Adam from Tennessee on March 22, 2011:

I hate that I'm the first dude to leave a comment. I'm sure a bunch of dudes have already read this, just because they want to know what goes on in the womens, but this news might shock them. Shocked me a little. But you can always take comfort in the fact that the mens IS worse. I won't go into detail, but I always have to wipe the seat off. Always. Why's the toilet seat always down in the mens bathroom? Leave it up. That's what men do.

I want to say your hub was funny, but I'll just say informative, instead. I'll mark it as funny, though, vote it up, and wash my hands, afterwards.

Jeannie Marie (author) from Baltimore, MD on March 21, 2011:

Wow, this hub really struck a nerve with a lot of people. I guess I really did need to write it.

Jeanastra - Don't feel like a slacker at all! Sometimes I blank out and don't write anything for a week. Other times, I just have a burst and write 5 or 6 hubs in 2 days. There is no rhyme or reason to my writing.

mistyhorizon2003 - You've never seen poo on the walls?!?! Lucky! Sometimes I think I am living in the wrong country. Don't get me wrong - I don't see it all the time. I don't want you to think our stalls are filled with poopy walls in the U.S., but I have seen it more than a few times. I don't know what is wrong with people!

Thank you both for the comments!

Cindy Lawson from Guernsey (Channel Islands) on March 21, 2011:

This hub was truly hilarious, but I am guessing we might just be a bit luckier in the UK, as I noticed no poo on walls, less graffiti than in men's toilets, have never had anyone try to 'convert me' at the sink and haven't been involved in any kinds of conversation between stalls LOL. The other points are much the same here though, especially the 'splashy seats' yuck!!

Jeanastra on March 21, 2011:

You are making me feel like a total slacker! You joined just 2 weeks before me and have 43 hubs compared to my measly 10. I'm so ashamed. ;-)

You are right on target with this hub. Women can be soooo gross! I can't believe how many of them don't wash their hands after using the restroom, or they do a quick rinse without soap! EEEEKKK!! I personally scrub up like a surgeon and don't touch the faucet or the door on my way out. Maybe I'll write a hub about germs....

Jeannie Marie (author) from Baltimore, MD on March 21, 2011:

What is wrong with people? I don't know why women are so dirty. Just because it is a public restroom does not give anyone the right to do horrible things to it. That is also pretty scary to hear a speech while washing your hands. It is hard to escape that situation. Do people think they can convert you while you are washing up? People are crazy.

Sunnyglitter from Cyberspace on March 21, 2011:

LOL this was hilarious. I was just telling my boyfriend how dirty women are the other day. When I worked at McDonald's years ago, I had to check both of the restrooms. The women always had the nastiest restroom.

I'm not sure what's up with the poo on the wall either. I've also seen blood smeared on the stalls, and it made me want to vomit.

Another thing I hate is when people strike up a conversation with me while I'm washing my hands. I don't mind a "Hi, how are you?" or "How old is your baby?", but I've had a few people that took my 30 seconds at the sink as the perfect opportunity to tell me all about Jesus, Avon, or their political views. Just shut up and let me wash my hands in peace...and please don't follow me out of the restroom and continue babbling about whatever you're passionate about.

Jeannie Marie (author) from Baltimore, MD on March 20, 2011:

Thank you for your comment and your vote. There are so many others who share my feelings about public restrooms. Maybe in some small way, this hub can help.

MyMastiffPuppies on March 20, 2011:

Excellent hub! I applaud your efforts in improving our public restroom experiences! I don't know how you could read my mind but I am glad you did. Thanks for sharing such wonderful reminders.Voted up, useful and awesome...

Jeannie Marie (author) from Baltimore, MD on March 20, 2011:

Thank you for reading and commenting. I don't know why people are so disgusting in public restrooms. I have been told it is far scarier in the men's room. I am so glad I don't have to deal with that!

Barbara Badder from USA on March 20, 2011:

I agree with you. I have seen all of the above behavior in restrooms. I think some of the really gross things are being done by teens who think it's funny though, such as the BM on the walls and the graffiti.

Thanks for the hub. I hope the offenders read it.

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