Toilet Hygiene and Etiquette

Keeping the little room clean

Certain matters need no classroom training but a little personal rationale and discretion. This is so especially with general sanitation, personal hygiene and mannerism. Let us consider toilet matters, for instance.

How you keep the condition of your toilet matters a lot. If you have a toilet in your house, you might think you are excused from such anomalies that strike people every day. But you are not until you keep it clean inside there all the time. You might feel everything is normal in your house until you hear it in the scuttles of gossipers that you are keeping dead rats in your house.

So, you would better spend money and time in buying toilet detergents, scourers and airfresheners, and in cleaning your toilet rather than creating yourself a bad name, and that is only if you value a good name. Anyway, who cherishes not a good name?

Compound latrines are the same meat, different gravy. When the in-house toilet is kept tight under watch and control, the compound latrine is left out for everyone’s use, unless it is lockable. This, however, does not disclaim your responsibility to keep it clean all day. When you have visitors, they will not care whether you use it alone or you leave it for public utility. When they find it clatty, all they will think is, you are careless and unhygienic.

Public lavatories need great-great care in terms of use and personal mannerism. Let us begin with use. You may not get it right until you bump into a boo-boo beside the hole, maybe at the foot-points. Then will you know how important – in fact very important – is to keep it clean and take care to point the hole when making the crap.

Compound and public-utility washrooms need great care in terms of use and mannerism.

Toilets with bowls are more prone to unhygienic conditions. I would not encourage such for public utility. I once heard of a story in which a woman rushed into a toilet after heavy downpour and quickly opened the bowl and sat on it. Oh my! She got it all, all the caca on her – the water in the bowl had risen, I do not know how. But whether it is true or not, I would refrain from using such public toilets unless otherwise.

Some people do not understand that latrines are all-visitors rooms. Most people do not fancy shutting themselves tight in latrines because it causes them discomfort. They would therefore pull in the door and leave it untightened. There is no problem with doing that. And it costs you nothing, in return, to tap lightly on the door before moving in. Even if it were in your homestead, etiquette would still demand that you knock. Just knock, and when you hear that slim faint voice, wait or walk up to another.

It’s not so advisable to answer calls and read messages in latrines.

Picking up phone calls or reading and replying text messages in the latrine is another common yet very dangerous mistake. It is not always all the time that you receive pleasantries on phone. Most people have lost their phones at the expense of such. Others have been forced to pick up and wash their phones after unconsciously letting them go off their hands into the trash-receiving area.

I have also, more than once, come across foodstuffs and pills on the floors of public washrooms. And I remained to ask myself over and over: why would one run into a lavatory to eat or take drugs. Could it be fear of public mockery and ridicule? Oh! It is a matter that quite baffles me often.

There is another group of individuals who use hard papers (ink and printing papers) in flash toilets. These materials clog the tubes that carry the wastes away. This is, in fact, one major cause of foul-smelling toilets. Buying a soft toilet paper at a few coins to use for one to two weeks is not possibly extravagance.

In a nutshell, toilet hygiene and etiquette are not a call for duty but just important aspects without which we would be deviating from normal standards of living and social norms. Next time you excuse yourself to see a man about a dog, promptly do the necessary in a morally acceptable manner.



  1. Moses J.O says:

    This is cool bro…certainly you’ve made it to the puplic with regards to home hygiene especially in public toilets, office toilets and in house. Occasionally, giving an example of the offices we work in, you would find a boss(manager) getting to the toilet and leaving the place unflashed just because there is water shortage. Most of these people believe that it is the responsibility of the cleaner to look for water and come flash of their ‘after doings’. bosses, let us give the cleaners the best in above!!!!

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    1. Felix Achola Odhiambo says:

      Thanks. I concur with your opinion, bro


  2. David mbatha says:

    Sooo Sooo wonderful

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    1. Felix Achola Odhiambo says:

      Thanks Davy


  3. Mike U. says:

    This is a subject many people never discuss. On the farm where I was raised, there was an outhouse. The farmhouse had indoor plumbing by the time we moved to the farm (it was my grandparents’ farm and my mom had been raised there), but my mom used to tell about using the outhouse as a child, even during cold winter nights. It was an oddity and rather mysterious. As for public toilets, I’ve had my share of janitorial jobs (deaf people struggle to find employment and many times end up in menial jobs) and I could tell you horror stories about this, but I won’t. πŸ˜€ Suffice to say, things can get really bad when people don’t care. Anyway, interesting topic and a well written essay. πŸ™‚

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    1. Thank you so much, Mike. I can tell that you’ve indeed encountered what this actually means. It’s true, if people don’t care then things get really ugly. I’m pleased you found this meaningful and well-written. πŸ˜€ Thank you.

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  4. Poesyfairy says:

    Your notions are very different from any other person. You write necessary blogs which no one can tell like you. Appreciating Blog.πŸ’«
    Keep it up.✌🏻

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    1. Oh my charming friend, how lovely and kind of you to say these!! I’m elated you like my pieces and find them meaningful. Many thanks to you. ❀🌺🌺


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  5. Daphny Aqua says:

    This is something that really needed to be talked about, good job Lam for speaking it out. I’ve always avoided using public toilets as much as possible because of this reasons but lately there seems to be a tad bit improvement.

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    1. Amazing!! I’m glad you found this meaningful, Daph. It certainly brings hope to know that there’s some bit of improvement. Thanks for taking time to read and comment, 😘

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      1. Daphny Aqua says:

        Yes it is indeed hopeful and this is one of the most important topic to discuss, thank you for making a post on it. πŸ’–
        Was a pleasure to read. πŸ˜‡πŸ’–

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      2. Sure, I’ve always thought it an important. I’m glad you could resonate with my thoughts. πŸ™‚

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      3. Daphny Aqua says:

        You know what they say, great minds think alike. 😁

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      4. Oh yes! That makes the two of us. Amazing!! πŸ€—

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  6. kindfeelings says:

    You can also make your own cleaners from baking soda, vinegar, lemon juice and salt. They are safer to use.

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    1. Wow, thanks for your helpful and informative comment. I’m glad you’re reading. 🌺

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