Are You Guilty of Bad Bathroom Manners?

When you gotta go, you gotta go…but that doesn’t mean you should lose your manners just because nature calls. Check out Modern Manners Guy’s 3 tips for proper bathroom etiquette.

Richie Frieman
5-minute read
Episode #258


Whether it’s about professional relationships, romance, or just everyday life, nothing makes me happier than to know I've got mail from Modern Manners Guy readers about everyday etiquette conundrums.  

Some of the more humorous questions I receive tend to be about the bathroom. What you thought I was going say dining manners? Well, that too, but apparently we are all a little frustrated about what goes on in bathrooms at people’s homes and in public settings.


I’ve written my fair share on this topic, such as Help! My Boss Is in the Stall Next to Me and Should Men Put the Toilet Seat Down? but that was not enough.  And as someone who loves a bit of potty humor, I could write about the foul behaviors found in bathrooms across the world all day long.  From the guy watching a violent movie in the stall next to you, to the person who doesn’t wash their hands, to the one who leaves the bathroom a mess, bathroom etiquette is a topic that is near and dear to all of us.

So before you think your you-know-what doesn’t stink (because it does!), check out my top 3 Quick and Dirty Tips for proper bathroom etiquette:

Tip #1: Yes, it Does Stink!

I figured I’d start my tips by addressing the nastiest of bathroom etiquette faux pas – the smell. You don't have to be House Call Doctor to know that whatever we do in the bathroom will (and should) in fact smell. Let's be clear on this: Bathroom odors are uncontrollable and unavoidable. But what we do afterwards to cover them up is where bathroom manners come into play.

Realizing you are leaving foul odors in the bathroom is embarrassing (we’ve all been there). And if you're using someone else’s bathroom, you wish a genie would appear and grant you one wish to make the smell go away.  Sorry, this isn’t Aladdin, but I can grant you 3 quick solutions to cover the embarrassing odors and alleviate your worries: