Bathroom Behavior

Inspire grace in even the most impolite by being a lady when using communal restrooms.
by Jennie Llamas-Garcia   |  Mar 29, 2010
photo by Dakila Angeles
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Let's face it—most girls consider the bathroom a haven. It's one of the few places where one can relax, and be free to do anything one wants (Hello, Broadway!). But all this is only applicable to private bathrooms. The rules change when you have to share this space with your classmates, fellow restaurant diners, and the entire female population of a mall. In these instances, keep your rockin' pipes down, your foaming mouth an image only you will see, and your decorum on high alert.

Don't
Use the sink area as your personal grooming station. Other people don't really want to see you brush your teeth, gargle, spit, retch, tweeze your eyebrows, or painstakingly apply eye shadow. 

Do
Use it only to wash your hands and maybe splash water on your face. The rest of your habits can be done at home. Never, under any circumstances, use the bathroom sink as a kitchen sink!

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Don't
Wait right in front of a stall and tap your foot impatiently. It's rude and will only make the person irritated, or worse, make her take longer.

Do
Form a line at the door or in the area before the stalls. Don't be afraid to tell someone to get in line if she brushes past you to wait in front of a stall. You're polite-not a sissy.

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Don't
Leave the toilet bowl looking like a disaster zone. Don't you hate it when you enter the stall and see utter grossness in and around the bowl? Remember, you are a lady, not a Neanderthal.

Do
Flush after use—always! If the flush mechanism is out of order, tell the next person in line, letting her decide if she wants to go ahead and use the stall. Inform the janitor or custodian, too, if possible.

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