It’s simple: as human beings sharing space on this planet, we have responsibilities towards one another.
One of those responsibilities is creating a pleasant bathroom situation for anyone who is either (a) using a bathroom that we are responsible for, or (b) using the bathroom after we use it ourselves.
In my opinion, it starts with whoever actually owns or operates the bathroom in question.
If you walk into a bathroom that’s nasty, you’re more likely to lower your standards of how you leave it. And, you know there are a lot of ways to leave a bathroom worse than you found it: leaving toilet paper or paper towels on the floor that you accidentally drop, peeing on the seat and not cleaning it up, not turning the vent/fan on when you’re going #2, not using air freshener (hopefully, that’s in there if there’s no fan or vent) when you stank up the room/stall, leaving “residual matter” in the toilet that didn’t flush down on your first attempt (extra TP, floaters, etc.), and…my personal favorite…skid marks (although, floaters pretty much ties up with skid marks).
Now, if you walk into the bathroom at The Four Seasons (which has phenomenal public bathrooms, for the record), you’re cleaning up after yourself like you’re on the wait staff there. In fact, you may even leave it cleaner than how you found it.
Which all brings me to the bathroom thing that I think about almost on a daily basis: the toilet brush.
I have a tendency to get frustrated with people that leave skid marks in a toilet, but how can I blame them if whoever operates the bathroom hasn’t provided a brush for people to use?
I mean, it happens, right? And, sometimes it happens bad. Like, real bad. And, no matter how many times you flush or hold that little handle down, they’re not going away. You just…need…a…brush.
I want every one of you reading this right now to stop and think about every toilet you are responsible for…and, make 100% certain that there is a brush next to every one of your toilets. If not, that’s ok. You just didn’t think of it. It’s ok. What’s not ok is if you don’t take a second right now to sign in to Amazon and order the appropriate number of brushes…and, have them delivered ASAP.
While you’re at it, order some freshener, especially if you don’t have a vent or fan in your bathroom.
On the other end (hahaha), it’s your responsibility to use the brush and freshener after you do your business.