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How to Flush the Toilet

Jeannie has been writing online for over 8 years. She covers a wide variety of topics—anything from hamsters to office work.

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Potty Talk

I've made it one of my missions in life to educate the public on some life basics. I had thought pretty much everyone living in the modern world had the whole "flush the toilet" thing down. However, when I visit public restrooms, I have determined that many people obviously have not figured out this basic task. So once again, I am here to assist everyone with this informative step-by-step tutorial on flushing the toilet. Before you go to the potty again, check out these important toilet flushing instructions.

In Your Own Home

When you are in your own home, you can basically do whatever you want to do. Some people are all about saving water, so they may opt to go with the rule: "If it's yellow, let it mellow. If it's brown, flush it down." This is noble in a way. For me, personally I am flushing the toilet every time I use it. I am constantly battling stains in the toilet, so I don't care whether I go "number one" or "number two," the toilet is getting flushed.

So basically, if you are at home, you can choose to flush the toilet whenever you want. However, if you have company coming over, just flush the toilet. Quite frankly, it is kind of gross for guests if the toilet obviously hasn't been flushed in a while. If people visit your home once, but never come back, it might just be your bathroom. Keep the toilet flushed and, hey, clean the toilet every now and then while you are at it.

When You Are At Someone Else's Home

If you are visiting someone else's apartment, house, condo... whatever... FLUSH THE TOILET! Unless the owner of the home specifically states there are some major bathroom issues and the toilet can't be flushed, always flush the toilet no matter what.

While we are on the subject, if you are a "messy toilet user," make sure to clean up whatever mess you might leave behind. If you are not sure if you leave a mess behind, here is tip: look at the toilet before you leave the bathroom. If there are drips on the toilet seat, around the toilet, or anywhere else for that matter, clean it up!

If You Use a Public Restroom

When you use a public restroom, it can be a disgusting experience. Sometimes there are leaks, disgusting accidents left behind by the last person, or the toilet paper is missing. Public restrooms are not for the faint of heart, yet most of us are forced to use them. So do your best to maintain some dignity and keep the toilet flushed.

Please remember that not every public restroom has one of those awesome automatic flushing toilets. Don't just walk away and assume the toilet flushed on its own. Get up and then wait for a moment. If the toilet does not automatically flush, this is your job. There is usually a button on the automatic toilets. Just push the button and flush. For older commode models, just flush the regular handle. If necessary, feel free to use a piece of toilet paper as a shield against the germs that might live on the toilet handle. There is usually enough time to throw the toilet paper in the bowl as it flushes.

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How to Flush the Toilet!!!

It's that magic moment you've been waiting for throughout the entire hub. Yes, here are your step-by-step, super informative, and completely awesome useful flushing instructions!

1. Take care of your business on the toilet.

2. Turn around.

3. Push down the toilet handle.

4. Watch it flush!

5. If it does not completely flush everything down, push down the toilet handle again.

I know, I know, these steps sound really complicated, but trust me, anyone can do this with some patience and the proper toilet flushing education.

Bonus Tips!

As if my exciting step-by-step instructions were not enough, I am pleased to give you some special toilet flushing bonus tips.

1. Don't flush anything weird down the toilet. This includes dead pets (other than fish), underwear, socks, paper towels, toys, or anything else too big.

2. Feminine products really shouldn't be flushed down the toilet. Yes, the box might say you can flush a tampon, but plumbers say that is not a good idea. You can do this at your own risk, but don't do it at other people's homes. Especially if there is a trash can sitting there beside the toilet and plenty of toilet paper.

3. If at first you don't succeed, flush, flush again!

4. If a toilet does not stop flushing, investigate the issue. You can often get it to stop if you make some adjustments to the handle or adjust things under the tank lid.

5. If you clog a toilet, let someone know. If you see a plunger, try to resolve the problem if at all possible.

6. If you are at someone else's home, make sure to leave the toilet the way you found it. If the toilet lid is down, put it back down. If the toilet seat is down, put that back down.

7. Try to go easy on the toilet paper. First of all, too much toilet paper will clog a toilet. Second, toilet paper can be expensive, especially that nice 3 ply stuff everyone wants to use. Try not to use too much toilet paper.

Flush Away!

I hope these instructions have been exciting, helpful, and everything you hoped they would be. If not, hey, what can you expect? This is just a hub about flushing a toilet. Now I feel confident you can go out there and flush the toilet like a pro. Have fun and remember not to flush anything too strange down the toilet. Good luck!

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Comments

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Jeannie Marie (author) from Baltimore, MD on September 25, 2018:

Thank you! Good luck with your blog.

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Jeannie Marie (author) from Baltimore, MD on March 14, 2015:

Thanks! :-)

Kenneth Avery from Hamilton, Alabama on March 13, 2015:

@ Jeanieinabottle,

LOL. Great comeback. I will tell them if I ever run into these "colorful" guys.

Keep rockin' my friend.

Jeannie Marie (author) from Baltimore, MD on March 13, 2015:

I appreciate their attempt to flush though. They can visit me anytime! :-)

Kenneth Avery from Hamilton, Alabama on March 13, 2015:

Jeannieinabottle,

Before I go, I heard that these two rednecks were at a huge beer-fest and got pretty drunk and then nature called, but the host' bathroom was jammed with other drunks passed out and sleeping over the toilet. Then the two rednecks ran outside to "do their" business in a wooded area.

With both guys now relieved, panic set in. Both guys almost freaked trying to flush the toilet which turns out was an Oak tree.

Ahhhh, good times.

Jeannie Marie (author) from Baltimore, MD on March 13, 2015:

Thank you, Kenneth. I feel like this is dirty work, but someone has to do it. I don't understand why no one is flushing toilets... public or private. I can't figure out how people think they can get away with that at someone's home either. I mean, unless I had a giant party with 100 people, I know who the non-flusher is in my own home. Shesh!

Thank you, DzyMsLizzy! I don't understand people's fear of sitting on toilets in the first place. I guess I am a risk taker, but I am sitting down... paper seat cover or not! I have yet to hear of anyone catching a disease from a toilet. I have, however, heard a rather disgusting story of someone catching something from trying on jeans at a store. Someone else must have tried them on right before she did. I will spare you the details, but apparently that is the real threat!

Liz Elias from Oakley, CA on March 11, 2015:

Hilarious, and much needed, I fear!

I've been in all too many public restrooms in which all the stalls have un-flushed toilets sitting there! Disgusting!

I once had a book of "Rules of Thumb," which among other interesting trivia, stated that in a public restroom, the stall farthest from the door will be the cleanest...cleanliness, of course, being a relative term in a public toilet.

I am absolutely disgusted by those who dribble on the seat and do not wipe it up!!! My mother wrote a short poem for such people, though she never quite got the nerve to have it printed, and stick it on the insides of the stall doors:

"Ladies: If you must straddle when you tinkle,

Please lift the seat or wipe your sprinkle."

I'm thinking it should be graffittied onto the doors with red paint!!!

WHY they think they can't sit, and must straddle instead of using the (usually) provided paper seat covers (my son-in-law calls them "a$$ gaskets!"--LOL), is beyond me!

Voted up, useful, interesting, funny, pinned and shared!

Kenneth Avery from Hamilton, Alabama on March 11, 2015:

March 11, 9:36 CDST

Jeannieinabottle: I wanted to do a return performance, a second curtain call and tell you that I so respect your type of thinking in writing a hub of this nature. Excellent stuff.

In short. I love it. Just look at the comments you received.

Keep rockin' my friend.

Your Friend for Life, Kenneth

"From The Land of Obscurity"

Jeannie Marie (author) from Baltimore, MD on March 11, 2015:

I had no idea this was happening in the men's room. Thank you for sharing this information.

poetryman6969 on March 10, 2015:

Non flushers are a hazard. I have also encountered the Terrible Texas Toilet Ninja. This is not something you would necessarily encounter outside of a men's room. Dude was so paranoid about touching anything that he karate kicked the chrome urinal handle. Quite disconcerting if you aren't expecting it.

Kenneth Avery from Hamilton, Alabama on April 14, 2014:

You are very welcome.

Love your work.

Peace.

K.

Jeannie Marie (author) from Baltimore, MD on April 14, 2014:

You would not think this would be such a complicated matter, but for some reason, no one knows how to flush the toilet anywhere I go. I am still considering posting this handy guide in the bathroom at work.

And thanks! I am glad you liked my hub. :-)

Kenneth Avery from Hamilton, Alabama on April 12, 2014:

Hi, Jeannieinabottle,

Wow! What can I say but WOW, what a great hub. And the subject is one we all can profit from and did you also know that not all people know how to flush?

This one simple task can, to some, present a major operation and then when they mess it up, no pun intended, the toilet owner gets upset, and who wouldn't, and the evening ends early.

I voted up and all the way on this fabulous piece. And I am cordially inviting you to follow me. I am not as good as you, but you following me would make my day.

Peace and Love.

I hope you find my hubs, "Charmin."

K.

Jeannie Marie (author) from Baltimore, MD on August 04, 2013:

Kathryn - You do deserve a reward! Public restrooms are the worst! You should get an award just for being subjected to that bathroom on a regular basis. Thanks for your comment.

Careermommy - Thank you for the vote up. :-) I am just trying to help the non-flushers of the world out.

Younghopes - Thanks so much. I am glad you liked the hub.

Shadaan Alam from India on August 03, 2013:

That's sounds interesting and useful, these tips are not followed by all, you made a great hub for this one in view of hygiene, sharing up

Tirralan Watkins from Los Angeles, CA on August 02, 2013:

Wow, very interesting hub. I'm sure your instructions will help a lot of people. Very original subject to write about. Definitely voted up.

Kathryn from Windsor, Connecticut on August 02, 2013:

Voted up and across, and sharing! This was both funny and useful. I am already a toilet flushing pro (should I get a certificate for that? I mean, there should be some kind of reward for such awesomeness!), but I know that many people don't have a clue. I work in a store that only has one restroom for men, and one for women. So we have to share with the public, and it is not always pretty! Fortunately, we have one of those automatic toilets, but once in a while it doesn't do its job. And people still make a mess.

This is awesome! Thanks for sharing this with us, and have a wonderful weekend!

~ Kathryn

Jeannie Marie (author) from Baltimore, MD on August 02, 2013:

Words of wisdom, Shaddie. You are so right.

Shaddie from Washington state on August 01, 2013:

If you sprinkle when you tinkle, be a sweetie and wipe the seatie...

Jeannie Marie (author) from Baltimore, MD on August 01, 2013:

Relationshipc - Thank you... I here to help! Hehe. I know what you mean, I don't like the splash from the toilet either. I usually watch from a distance. Sometimes it sounds like there was a flush, but it was incomplete. Thanks for checking out my hub!

FlourishAnyway - Thank you! I am happy to hear you want to share this with others that need the help. Apparently a lot of people need help according to what I am seeing in public restrooms.

FlourishAnyway from USA on August 01, 2013:

Thank goodness you have written this hub. I shall print out copies and make them available to all who appear in desperate need of how-to help.

Kari on August 01, 2013:

I'm amazed at how much information you got in here...all relevant information at that!

In public restrooms, I'm usually running out of the bathroom stall as quick as I can. I have a fear of the spray after the flush occurs and the germs it spreads (something I read about when I was young), and I don't wait around to see if it flushes, I use my ears instead. Then, if it doesn't flush, I reluctantly head back in.

Jeannie Marie (author) from Baltimore, MD on March 16, 2013:

Hahaha... some people at my office won't flush the toilet. I get my best ideas (or strangest ideas) there. Thanks for the birthday wishes!

Daisy Mariposa from Orange County (Southern California) on March 15, 2013:

Jeannie,

Sometimes I wonder about you... How do you come up with the subjects for your articles?

Have a very happy birthday on March 16!

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

Yes, you never know what you might found around here. :-) Thanks for dropping by!

Lali Writes on November 11, 2012:

Wow, the things I come across on while browsing the web. Good hub though, haha

Jeannie Marie (author) from Baltimore, MD on October 25, 2012:

It is a shame people instruct their children to do the wrong thing. Everyone knows you take some toilet paper and use that when flushing the toilet. There is also the "foot flushing" method, but I can see why that would be difficult for a child to learn to balance on one foot and flush with the other. Adults could manage that just fine though, yet they don't. Thanks for your comment!

Attikos from East Cackalacky on October 25, 2012:

Jeannie, they don't want to touch the flushing handles. I've seen mothers instruct their children not to when sending them into the washrooms.

There are now automatic flushing sensors that act when the toileteer leaves the commode. They're expensive, but that's what public toilets should use.

Jeannie Marie (author) from Baltimore, MD on October 25, 2012:

Day after day I too am amazed at how people choose not to flush the toilet at work. I feel your pain! Thanks for your comment!

Pat Materna from Memphis, Tennessee, USA on October 24, 2012:

FUNNY!! and so important because it is evident to me every week day that some people are able to get high paying jobs but cannot master this simple task. One thing you did leave out though which is equally important on this issue is CF, Courteous Flushing. If your job in the bathroom becomes a stinky situation do your stall neighbors a favor and CF please! I work in an office with probably 150 women and there is not a day goes by that I am not amazed how people can be so dumb on this subject. Plus, somehow most of the folks get water all the sink area too. Good article. Voted up

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

I am happy I could take you on an awesome journey into toilet flushing. I did not know November 19th is World Toilet Day. I will indeed celebrate that this year. :-) Thank you!

Michael Tully on October 03, 2012:

Wow! I never dreamed, when I clicked on this hub, that I'd be embarking on such an awesome voyage of discovery. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

A bit of trivia for you. Are you aware that November 19 is World Toilet Day? Yes, there is an official day on which to honor the toilet. It was designated by some United Nations health organization a long time ago. I found out about it several years back, and have kept it posted on the office calendar every year since then. I haven't had success with the proposal to make World Toilet Day a company paid holiday, though. I just can't imagine why...

Jeannie Marie (author) from Baltimore, MD on September 23, 2012:

Yuck! I know exactly what you mean. You are so right about that. I wish people were not so gross in the bathroom. Thanks for the comment!

Linda Crist from Central Virginia on September 22, 2012:

Awesome! My pet peeve in life is women who dribble and it runs under the rim of the seat and no one ever cleans under there. Yuck!

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

Thank you, Peter. I suppose there is one thing we all have in common no matter where we live... people are disgusting in public restrooms. :-)

Peter Geekie from Sittingbourne on September 14, 2012:

Well I say - you American chappies and chappesses are so amusing. Do you mean to say you don't have a man or maidservant to do this sort of thing for you - how quaint !

Mind you in the UK public toilets can be in such a state that one must seriously question what is the condition of some people's houses.

Thank you and kind regards Peter

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

mary615 - You know, sometimes I live to explore the basics in life and really help folks out. ;-) I've recently noticed a trend with guys not only putting the seat down, but putting the lid down, too. At first I thought guys were just being super polite, but now I think the theory is, "If I have to suffer by lifting the seat, I will make her suffer, too! Muh-ha-ha! Now she must lift the lid each time!" Thanks for the vote up and sharing my hub!

Attikos - Uh-oh. Now we know the truth! You know what really teaches us a lesson? ...Putting the lid down each time! Hehe.

weezyschannel - That is so true. Some people really do have a bad aim.

remaniki - I am happy I could help you with this important toilet flushing tutorial. ;-) It can be a challenge for some folks, so hey, I am here to help. Thanks for checking out my hub!

KDuBarry03- Thanks so much for the vote up! Everyone should be aware of the rules of the toilet. :-)

Sunshine625 - Hahahaha... Oh Linda, a number 2. That is awesome. Thank you!

gail641 - I agree! I work on the same floor with some people that still don't understand how to wash their hands or flush the toilet. It is pretty sad. Thanks for the comment!

Gail Louise Stevenson from Mason City on September 13, 2012:

I think that a person should wash their hands in soap and water after leaving the stall, to be sure their hands are clean. I would hope that hand sanitizer does kill all of the germs, or at least most of them. Some people don't flush the toilet and they need to learn to.

Linda Bilyeu from Orlando, FL on September 13, 2012:

Just as awesome as the first time around. Thought I might be due for a number 2.

KDuBarry03 on September 13, 2012:

LOL voted this up :) Definitely have to love the cultural rules of common courtesy :)

Rema T V from Chennai, India on September 13, 2012:

Hi Jeannie,

I really wondered what could be in here looking at the title. My God! You made it so funny. Thank you for teaching me how to flush a toilet. A lesson well learned !!! Ha ha!! Lovely hub. If I need a laugh, I know where to go now. Cheers, Rema.

Lisa from Central USA on September 13, 2012:

You need to make sure to tell them to also aim in the middle

Attikos from East Cackalacky on September 13, 2012:

@mary615: We leave the seat up for the same reason women leave it down: to show you we can, and there's nothing you can do about it.

Mary Hyatt from Florida on September 13, 2012:

What a great Hub on something we just assume everyone knows how to do! Why do men insist on leaving the seat up??? Is it a man thing???I have a 17yr. old grandson who is trained well...he always lowers the seat.

I voted this Hub Up and will share all over.

Gail Louise Stevenson from Mason City on June 08, 2012:

Your welcome

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

Thanks for the vote up. I am glad you enjoyed my hub. I know what you mean... people need to flush and they need to wash their hands. I do have a friend that doesn't wash her hands in the bathroom, but instead applies anti-bacterial gel after leaving the bathroom. She thinks that is cleaner. Whenever I see someone not wash their hands, I just tell myself that is what they are doing. Sure, that is probably not true, but it helps me get through the day better. :-)

Gail Louise Stevenson from Mason City on June 07, 2012:

Great information on how to flush the toitet. Some people don't flush-they need to read this hub. Some people don't have very good manners about making sure that they flush, before leaving like in public restrooms. Very interesting-I voted up. I've seen people in public restrooms leave the stall, and then they don't even wash their hands before leaving the restroom.

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

Thank you! I am here to help those that suffer from the inability to flush the toilet properly. Pass this on to anyone you know with that issue. ;-)

Sharilee Swaity from Canada on May 01, 2012:

Oh my goodness, this is hilarious! I am sharing this one and thanks for a good laugh!

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

cclitgirl - Hahaha... yes, it certainly sounds like you don't speak from experience at all. Running might be a good idea if you flood a public toilet. :-) Thanks for checking out my hub!

Rusticliving - I am glad you enjoyed the tutorial. I hope more people learn to flush the toilet each day with my helpful suggestions. Oh, but I have to admit, I've flushed way more than 5 squares! I am so ashamed!!! Hehe. Thanks for the comment.

Liz Rayen from California on April 30, 2012:

HAhahahahahahahahaha... You are a writer with my sense of humor! I LOVE this hub.. It is sweetly sarcastic,and demonically devoted to helping the flush idiots learn how to do the majestic thing and FLUSH. Thank you for your tutorial.. I shall never use more than 5 aquares again!..lol Lisa

Cynthia Calhoun from Western NC on April 30, 2012:

Oh man, don't you just hate it when you use a public restroom and the freakin' thing floods? I *haven't* had that happen. Nope, no siree. Not me. Here's my advice if that ever happens: RUN! Hehe, okay, sorry. I promise I really try to be a good citizen; thank you for calling this to our attention, though. I agree that some people need better manners. :)

Jeannie Marie (author) from Baltimore, MD on April 30, 2012:

Thanks, Gus. I am here to help folks with the basics in life. ;-)

Gustave Kilthau from USA on April 30, 2012:

Howdy Jeannieinabottle - A great article about a very bottom-line subject. Nice work!

Gus :-)))

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

It is true... either that or there is some scary stuff going on in the kitchen. Thanks for the vote up!

Anoop Aravind A from Nilambur, Kerala, India on April 27, 2012:

simple and good hub."If people visit your home once, but never come back, it might just be your bathroom" good sentence. voted up

Jeannie Marie (author) from Baltimore, MD on April 26, 2012:

Thank you both for reading my hub. I am happy everyone is enjoying it so much. Thanks for the comments and the votes!

hazelwood4 from Owensboro, Kentucky on April 25, 2012:

I was going through all of my email notifications, and your Hub caught my eye.:) This Hub is too funny,and a great educational article for those who don't bother flushing the toilet after it has been used. Thumbs up on, How to flush the Toilet. HE HE

Rajan Singh Jolly from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on April 25, 2012:

Jeannie, I'm glad I don't need to bookmark this one! You did a wonderful job of educating on "toilet use". You had me chuckling right through!

Up all the way.

Jeannie Marie (author) from Baltimore, MD on April 25, 2012:

Jimmy, I know it is a lot to remember. I wish you the best of luck and I hope it all works out for you. :-) Thanks for dropping by!

Curiad, I sure hope someone does google "how to flush the toilet." Eventually, my followers are going to realize this hub is completely ridiculous, and I will need new readers. ;-) Thanks for the comment!

Curiad on April 25, 2012:

I'll bet someone Goggled "How to flush a Toilet" too. We should ask Billy!

Great Hub!

Jimmy the jock from Scotland on April 25, 2012:

So much to remember, now did I wipe and wash? errr! not sure Id better check.....nice hub lol.....jimmy

Jeannie Marie (author) from Baltimore, MD on April 25, 2012:

handyhowto - Yes, maybe this should go up in my bathroom at home to encourage visitors to flush. :-)

Millionaire Tips - It would be funny if people just started handing out this hub to friends and family members. However, I would be a bit disturbed by that. Hehe. ;-)

Alecia - Exactly! You can always use your shoe for the flush. Perhaps I need to create a hub on hand washing, too, now that you mention it. Thanks!

RealHousewife - I've seen grown adults attempt to flush the weirdest things down the toilet. I figured I needed to add that to the list. :-)

Nell Rose - Oh, that is so gross! I never knew that. Thanks for letting me know. I now know I need to continue washing my hands until the toilet is through flushing. Thanks for sharing!

Robin - I hope most people found this amusing, although I suspect some people might need to help. Thanks for the votes!

Thank you everyone for checking out my hub and for the comments!!!

Robin Oatley on April 25, 2012:

This is hilarious! Though for some people, it might be actually necessary to be instructed on flushing the toilet! Voting up, funny and useful!

Nell Rose from England on April 24, 2012:

I feel quite flushed after reading this! haha! did you know that when you flush a Loo the spray from the bowl shoots up in the air six feet and lands on your head, face and hands and clothes if you are too close? so many people wash their hands when the toilet is flushing, only to ignore the fact that they are having a poo spray! saw it on a science program! when I go to the loo in a public one I put loads of toilet paper on the seat, then put the lid down, flush wash my hands then karate kick the plunger if the toilet doesn't have a lid! then I get tissues, open the door and as I walk out, throw the paper in the loo! phew! exhausted by the time I am finished! lol!

Kelly Umphenour from St. Louis, MO on April 24, 2012:

Don't Fu,ush anything weird down the toilet:) lol. I wish you would have been around during potty training time:) lol. Hilarious!

Alecia Murphy from Wilmington, North Carolina on April 24, 2012:

You would think common sense should be well, common but it's surprising how many people don't know how to flush the toilet. I would also add if the handle looks suspect use your shoe bottom to flush but that doesn't excuse not washing your hands. Great hub!

Shasta Matova from USA on April 24, 2012:

Oh my, such an informative hub. I too wish to print it out and hand it to certain someones if only I knew who she is (or they are).

handyhowto from California on April 24, 2012:

Ha ha .. they should print out this hub and post it on the bathroom wall. Some people are sure to benefit.

Jeannie Marie (author) from Baltimore, MD on April 24, 2012:

I like to surprise readers with the basics sometimes. :-) I've never even thought to carry gloves with me. That is an interesting idea. Thanks for sharing!

Rosemary Sadler from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand on April 24, 2012:

I never expected to be reading such a basic instruction here on HP. But I guess some people need them.

I try not to use public toilets unless the are manned. But sometimes needs be. As for those germs on the handle, it is easy enough to carry a couple of those disposable gloves in your purse and they flush OK.

Jeannie Marie (author) from Baltimore, MD on April 24, 2012:

weestro, I would like to see your awesome foot flushing skills. I am intrigued! Thanks for the votes!

Weekend Reader, that is so true. The toilet paper stuck to the heels is super annoying. Thanks for sharing!

Movie Master, I am happy you enjoyed the bonus tips. I like to give a little extra effort sometimes. :-) Thanks for the vote up!

Movie Master from United Kingdom on April 24, 2012:

A welcome and needed hub!

The bonus flushing tips were - well a bonus!

Loved this - and voting up!

Cindy D Whipany on April 24, 2012:

I was thinking up wise-arse comments about some topic you didn't cover ... only to find you'd covered them all. Except maybe the reminder to check one's heels for stray bits of TP.

Pete Fanning from Virginia on April 24, 2012:

I'm great at flushing public toilets with my feet! Voted up and awesome!

Jeannie Marie (author) from Baltimore, MD on April 24, 2012:

Thanks so much, everyone! Sometimes I just need to write a basic hub about a basic task. :-)

Linda Bilyeu from Orlando, FL on April 24, 2012:

Thank you Jeannie. This article is so needed. People are so oblivious to the simple task of flushing a toilet. Yes, it's simple. Just flush the friggin toilet. I needed this awesome hub after 4 hours of yard work. You rock!!!

Susan Zutautas from Ontario, Canada on April 24, 2012:

LOL only you would think to write a how to hub on flushing toilets. Brilliant!

Ruchira from United States on April 24, 2012:

another hilarious hub jeannie...cheers!