For God’s sake, don’t sit on the seat!

May 22, 2017

restroomsPublic restrooms. I have a thing about them. They continue to be one of my biggest categories of pet peeves and nothing has changed in the six years since I wrote my restroom rant.  I’m really dying to hear your thoughts. So read on and, I hope, react in the Comments. Because inquiring minds want to know.

Restroom rant


24 comments on “For God’s sake, don’t sit on the seat!
  1. Haralee says:

    A rant to add is a hook on the door. You know once you put your purse on it it makes the door open. Also a friend had her purse stolen from the hook from a gang stealing bags from the hooks, sending them out to runner from a busy turnpike restroom!

  2. renee says:

    Believe me..I am right here with you..sometimes they don’t even have the title purse holder things and you have hold your purse while trying to hover above the toilet…yeah, that doesnt work very well.

  3. Robin rue says:

    I am an expert squatter because I would NEVER sit on the seat. Even if they have those little tissue covers, I put it down and still squat. Ew.

  4. Cassie says:

    Haha love the rant! I absolutely detest public bathrooms. In Australia we don’t have seat covers which I hate, and squat away! But when we visit the states a seat cover is good enough for me if the seat looks fairly clean. We also visited the Buc-ee’s in Texas that was voted best public bathrooms and they were really nice! But really the best public bathrooms are in Japan. I’m talking self cleaning seats, warming seats, bidets, music to play while you go – they are amazing!

  5. Janel says:

    I honestly have no problem using a public restroom unless it smells bad or is very dirty. When you have to go you go,especially someone like me who has weak bladder.

  6. I hate the ones that have big spaces on the door openings where everyone can look in, the ones with no hooks on the doors. Oh there are so many complaints. lol

  7. I’m no fan of public restrooms, and I’m definitely a squatter (I consider my ability to hover above the seat a reliable gauge of my leg strength). I’m also a thoughtful pee-er in that I always wipe the seat after I do my business. But there’s nothing like being able to “relax” on my own toilet…

  8. Amber Nelson says:

    I try to keep myself out of public restrooms as much as possible, unless I REALLY have to go bad!

  9. Ahahahah! the title of this post made me laugh so much! This is so relatable! It is always so dodgy! Like you never know what happened in public toilet! Always stay up! xx corinne

  10. Oh this rant is not a rant when it’s how every woman feels lol! As a mom it’s so worst when potty training

  11. Amber Myers says:

    I use public restrooms as a last resort. If I really have to go, I’ll use them. I usually squat, because ick. I cannot believe the state of some women’s bathrooms. I’m usually like, “Come on ladies, you’re better than this!”

  12. Claudia Krusch says:

    I always hover when I have to use a public washroom. Most of the big stores around here offer the tissue toilet cover in the stall. I hate when there is no hook for your bag.

  13. Megan says:

    I can’t stand when they don’t have hooks for the purses! Especially if you have the kids with you!

  14. Agreed! I hover and i won’t use the first 2 feet of toilet paper. I also have to flush with my foot and use my paper towel to get the door open. Yuck! My other pretty peeve is that women don’t wah their hands!

  15. Ophelia Tang says:

    I would never use public bathrooms, unless they have the disposable paper seat covers. If all else fails, I will squat. Thanks for sharing.
    XOXO //SINCERELY OPHELIA | NYC Petite Fashion Blogger

  16. Elizabeth says:

    I have no problems with public restrooms at all. Women’s tend to be much cleaner than mixed, and so I just put my bag on the floor. No problem. 🙂

  17. Cristina Leau says:

    I’m from a cute city, Cluj-Napoca from Romania, and the ladies bathrooms here are clean. It’s really rare when I get in a dirty bathroom. I still don’t sit on the toilet because I don’t know the persone before me and yea…. But I can say that It looks clean.

  18. Kaylee says:

    I try to avoid public restrooms completely but if I have to use it I feel like I need to shower immediately after. They can be so disgusting!

  19. Jackie says:

    I so agree and it is so awkward using one. I’ve never related more to a blog post and nodded my head with every word.

  20. Such a pet peeve for me too like why would someone sit on a public toilet and you know what even bothers me more when they cant aim and spill all over the seat and you have to go in there and try your best to not let it reach your clothing when you pull it down

  21. I cringe at the idea of using a public bathroom. If I can wait I do. Seems every time I use one it is quite messy.

  22. Nini Perez says:

    Oh gosh, public restrooms. I don’t know how to trust them really. I don’t sit on the seat too. I despise the flush if it’s not the button type because chances are people might have used their foot (with their shoes on) to push it.

    Thankfully, some of the better-maintained shopping malls over have religiously replenished the toilet paper rolls, has a working bidet, a hook for our bags, and even a seat for the baby. The last one was such a relief because I’m a mom, often alone with the baby and finds peeing a burden when the baby’s on the loose and trying to crawl on the floor.

  23. Donah @ SJB says:

    Oh my! Same problem here. But I just put enough folds of tissue (my own -brought from home tissue) on the seat first then seat. And if for some reasons, I have no tissue , it won’t hurt so much to squat.

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