Introduction: Public Bathroom Ethos

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Ok, alot of this should be obvious to most people but it's something I've noticed and I find it disgusting... just thought I'd teach some people a little manners.

by the way, I didn't take the pictures, they're from google image search,I'm not in the habit of taking pictures of public restrooms.

Step 1: Urinal Etiquette(just for the Guys)

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Try and get the biggest gap as humanly possible between you and the nearest occupied urinal. The safety or splash zone if you will:
I think my reasoning behind this is obvious

Step 2: Cubicles

If your going to use the cubicle for the obvious reason- for the love of God, that handle on the cistern is there for a reason, if not for yourself, for the nostrils of others flush the toilet.

Step 3: Sinks

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Come on, your perents would have taught you this when you were small, yet it amazes me how many people don't wash there hands.
It's gross, you go to the toilet then walk out and touch the door, then people who have washed their hands touch the door and it defeats the purpose. Or worse yet in a bar, you drink, you use the toilet, don't wash your hands and stick your hand in a bowl of nuts or something ... wash your hands.


Sinner3k (author)2006-11-03

I agree with rotor. To everybody, please take a few seconds to spell-check before you post. That having been said, I can appreciate why somebody would go to the trouble of making an instructible like this. Apparently, peaople never learned these common sense rules. 1.) Shut up in the bathroom. (This rule is apparently not applicable in the women's restroom, or so I'm told.) 2.) Don't pick the urinal right next to me, especially if there is no "privacy partition". If you have no choice, use a stall. If that's not an option, wait. 3.) Wash your hands. #1, #2, doesn't matter. Wash. No exceptions. 4.) And since people cannot be trusted to follow rule #3, open the door with ANYTHING other than your bare hand.


That's how it's spelt here' I was educated with "the queen's" english, you guys are working on american english ie. colour- for me coler(I think)- for you

color. Close, good try.

that's not even Queen's English, i don't know any people who spell it like that. That said, good instructable. Some people obviously are too stupid to work this all out for themselves

The Queen's English? You give some measure of respect to the the British Queen?!

Judging by your avitar your Irish, yeah? So am I, and we spell 'perants' as parents too... just an FYI

yey, up da common mis-spelling .:suas na oglach:.

no, 'perants' is not the british spelling of 'parents,' try again.

How many times do I have to say it,
Though I really thought it was...ack well

wait I see a grammar mistake on that comment, it should say, Any spelling mistakes I saw have been fixed, not Any spelling mistakes I seen have been fixed

Unfortunately, you also have problems with your grammar in that comment.

No they haven't etiquette is spelled etiquette, not edicate

canida (author)Fake_Name2006-11-03

He fixed all the ones he saw; we just need to kick the Instructables admins until they give us a spell checker in the toolbar.

Fake_Name (author)canida2006-11-04

Or FREAKING PROOFREAD (and learn to spell) Now it might be just me, but I had learned learmed most of my spelling by ~3rd - 6th grade. Now, either the internet is primarily frequented by a teeming horde of kindergardeners, or people are just terminally lazy.

Crash2108 (author)Fake_Name2006-11-04

I find it ironic that you spelled 'learned' 'learmed'. Anywho, I agree.

hahahaha and kindergartners.

Fake_Name (author)Crash21082006-11-08

Hah! I seem to have a sudden affliction of foot-in-mouth disease. In any case, I still think a spell checker is still superfluous. Besides, checking your own spelling actually improves your knowledge of the english language over time. In my case, most of my spelling errors come from mis-typing, not mis-spelling words, but your experience may vary.

I think a spell-cheaker is aa good idea, spelling isn't my strong point, and it helps even if your good at english as we all make mistakes

I don't see the point of this instructable, but as far as spelling goes. Many if not most of the greatest authors IE:Shakespeare could not spell. Good spelling is not necessarily a sign of intelligence or lazyness. Just thought I would add my two cents to the inane way this series of posts have gone.

um.....its spell check, not spellcheak

Why not copy into word or use google's spellcheck toolbar?

yes ,I'm terminally lazy: ,and how can you insult my spelling when you mispelt kindergardeners in your critizism?

kqrpnb (author)Fake_Name2006-11-04

Of course, you meant Kindergartners, right?

The best app I have found for checking spelling in apps that don't have a spell checker, you should check out FreeSpell:

No affiliation and I get nothing for the plug.

Ian01 (author)canida2006-11-05

I believe Firefox 2.0 has a spell checker.

Calltaker (author)Ian012007-01-31

It does.


{pedantic} It's ethos, not eathos. (title) A lot is two words, not one. You're also missing the word "of" directly after it. (intro) It's cubicle (small partitioned space) not cubical (like a cube). (step 2) It's parents, not perants. (step 3) Etiquette has already been covered, and I'm ignoring commas, capitalization, grammar, and usage of their/there for now. {/pedantic} We now return to your previously-scheduled bathroom humor.

I'll say it again, MY SPEELING SUCKS
but thank you canida, for going through it for me.
I'll fix them

Alot and a lot are both valid.

ummm.. actually they're not.... its TWO words, not one.... Apu: Thank you.... come again!!

ebergh (author)2008-08-25

Interesting article. When we were in Alaska this summer, my wife took the attached picture inside the ladies side of the public restroom on Homer Spit in Homer Alaska. It would seem to be appropriate to the topic. -eb

Yerboogieman (author)2008-08-21

i hate it when little kids go to buffets. this made me think of that.

santy22 (author)2008-03-15

You remember me of Reuben Feffer in "along came polly" hahaha nuts bowl

FunkNattidelic (author)santy222008-08-20

hah, thats exactly what i thought of too =P

We have been oppressed for to long my friend, even though I'm Finnish.

=spider= (author)2008-03-06

Well, i was going to perhaps print this out for my workplace (a corporate office of all places has had bathroom problems in the ladies room in particular), but it just doesn't contain enough. It's mostly male-oriented, which is fine, I understand, but that could've been in the title. What advice you did give wasn't in enough detail. If people don't understand about washing hands or the "safety zone" already, then they really do need it explained out for them in full. The advice is valid, and I agree that unfortunately this stuff has to be pointed out to people, but I would've fleshed it out with more for it to really be an instructable, rather than just a community service announcement. For instance, the ladies room here has pictures indicating to people that they shouldn't squat above the toilet, just sit on it. This is because people were breaking the seats?!!?! So there's lots of stuff to warn people about re: toilets. Other incidents have happened here that I'm too decent to talk about. They're so bad, they must've been deliberate.

killerjackalope (author)2008-02-14

I've added this instructable to a group for teenagers, on a mission to lower forum posts about teen problems that we have the answers to, leaving the ones we don't to get answered.

easyrider1 (author)2007-12-31

think about this the next time your at the restaurant and you pick up the salt or pepper,the guy that used it before you didn't wash his hands after using b-room.people are nasty,thats why donald trump dosen't shake hands at a restaurant.if i take a urinal next to another guy it is either the only one left or it the lowest one(i'm only 6' tall and that water is awful cold and deep).but what is worse,a girl who lets a dog lick her face.where has his tongue been(licking his butt, his nads,other dogs butts,eating poop when your not looking),and then she lets him lick her face.ain't kissin' that girl! but yeah,wash your hands,use something other than hand to open door.and unless you want to be a c*ck su*k*r by proxy,use a napkin to pickup the salt"n"pepper.i don't know what your gonna do when you get to the buffet and realize some body has touched the soup ladle and tongs and................................

csshih (author)2007-11-10

its still an instructable - on how to have good manners in a restroom

Captain Pedantic (author)2007-01-01

Am I the only one bothered by "instructables" like this one that don't show how to make or do anything, but merely vent someone's spleen? This is not a BLOG. ewilhelm, are you listening...?

comment on his page then...

i definitely agree

reeding (author)2007-08-27

DUDE!!! why would you want to wash your hands after? With how dirty my hands are I wash my hands before I do my stuff. After who cares? one but ocd freaks like you!

do I care? it's more for yourself than anyone else, I'm not telling you to wash them. . .

lemonie (author)2007-01-28

I don't piss on my hands...

ELF (author)lemonie2007-07-28

Your urine is sterile, you can drink it and not get sick (You know... You might vomit and stuff like that, but you won't be infected by anything). The problem is the bacterias on your little buddy down there...

lemonie (author)ELF2007-07-28

The comment is about handwashing, not drinking half a pint of urine for a bet @ £2.70 like someone I know... L

ELF (author)lemonie2007-07-29


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