Men, mind your manners: Must-follow restroom etiquette

  • Abhinav Verma, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Aug 27, 2015 13:24 IST
It's about time we rid ourselves of some annoying realities. Why not start with not peeing on the streets? (Shutterstock photo)

Announce your presence
If you are using the stall and have the place for yourself, then go ahead, take your time, enjoy. However, if you hear the door open, then you need to make your presence known. Just a little cough would do to notify the other person. You don’t have to say hi or hello, just a little whiff would do.

Art of urinal selection
Guys, if you have a choice, never ever select a urinal opposite to the one already in use. Look at it this way: if there are three vacant urinals then go right or left. Leave the middle one for someone who is in a dire need. Why do this? Because obviously you don’t want to rub your shoulders with someone, you don’t want to feel cramped.

Silent mode on
When you walk in to the loo, don’t be that guy who starts a conversation and says, “Boy it smells nice here doesn’t it?” When you are in the loo, switch on your silent mode and do your thing. Don’t ever peek at the other guy. Value the space and privacy of the other person. The only place your eyes should go is the mirror.

Say no to trinkling around
You consider yourself civilized? Then don’t sprinkle and trinkle all over the place, Learn to aim, remember that you have to flush and clean the toilet seat if necessary. Don’t forget to wash your hands and throw the paper towels and toilet paper in the trash and not flush it down.

Don’t sleep
Some guys don’t get the concept of washroom, they keep lingering. Get in the loo, do your thing and get out. Washroom isn’t the place to stop and smell the roses.

Delhi men speak out

If you cannot aim and you are not a sharpshooter, then there is no shame in sitting down. If you see anyone not following the washroom etiquettes then you should stop him right there and tell him that it’s unacceptable.
Sunil Sethi, president FDCI

Delhi men have a very poor sense of hygiene. When using the washroom, it is imperative that men maintain personal hygiene. Leave the washroom in such a condition that the other person can also use it.
Gaurav Gupta, fashion designer

Men, if you’re using the unisex bathroom then please, please don’t forget to lift and clean the toilet seat up. Also learn to aim; it is disgusting if you splash around.
Shiv Karan Singh,
owner of Smoke House Grill

It’s awkward to engage in a conversation while you’re in the loo. People sometimes confuse the washroom to be their own private zone. When you are in the washroom, quietly go about your thing.
Jenjum Gadi, fashion designer

First of all, it is annoying that people take too long in the washroom either looking at the mirror or taking selfies. As a chef, I would say that washing hands is extremely important, it helps maintain hygiene.

Nishant Choubey, chef

Inputs by Priya Warrick, grooming expert and psychologist Pulkit Sharma

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