Treat your workplace bathroom as if it were your own

How many times have we heard the phrase “my office is like my second home”?

For many people, this is the case. Sometimes more hours are spent at work than at home. However, when it comes to the workplace bathroom, it is often treated as a public facility. The workplace bathroom is most likely shared by a number of people, but sometimes this can be forgotten.

Here are our top tips on how to be mindful of others when using the workplace bathroom and how to do your part to keep it as pleasant as possible:

Always ensure to leave the toilet how you would like to find it.

Flush properly, wipe the seat if required and use the cleaning supplies when necessary. Have respect for other users and don’t expect others to clean up after you.

Keep an eye on the bins

Throw all your waste in the bins and make sure none of it goes on the floor. If you notice that the bins are getting a bit full, please inform someone so this can be rectified.

Keep the bathroom fully stocked

If you use the last of the toilet paper, soap or cleaning products, make sure to restock them. It’s likely that the next person won’t notice it needs replacing until they need it and this can lead to anger and frustration.

Clean the air, in moderation

Everyone loves a nice smelling toilet. However, too much air-freshener can become overpowering. It also negatively impacts people with allergies as air-fresheners may act as potential allergens. This also applies to body sprays, perfumes and hairsprays. Installing Automatic Air Fresheners can be a good idea to ensure a consistently pleasant fragrance in your bathroom without being too overpowering.

Wash your hands properly

Always ensure to wash your hands to keep the workplace healthy, for you, and for everyone else. A key part of washing your hands properly is making sure they are dried properly – cotton roller towels, paper towels and/or automatic hand dryers can be useful here.

Leave your phone at your desk

The bathroom is not the place for personal or work phone calls. Aside from being unhygienic, taking calls in the bathroom can cause disruption for your colleagues as they wait for you to leave the facilities, and can sometimes cause them to feel uncomfortable for inevitably listening in on your call.

Try to keep conversation to a minimum

Blocking the bathroom for a long period of time engaging in lengthy conversations causes discomfort for others trying to use the facilities. Try not to engage bathroom exchanges, and they are unavoidable, keep it brief.


Abiding by these toilet etiquette tips will go a long way in the workplace. It all comes down to respect – respect your workplace, but also, respect your colleagues. Nobody wants to encounter a bathroom that is below standard, so ensure that everyone does their bit to maintain a peaceful and pleasant experience while keeping office frustrations to a minimum.

If you want to learn more about how to keep your workplace bathroom up to top standards, contact Service Matters today.