Around the World: Bathroom Etiquette

There is one thing that all humans have to do but there are some key differences between each country and its culture. It can be really tricky when it comes to figuring out the appropriate etiquette when using public restrooms/bathrooms.

Originally, bathrooms were not developed with hygiene in mind, and the first records for the use of baths date back as far as 3000 B.C. At this time, water had a strong religious value and was seen as a purifying element for both body and soul.

One of the earliest known baths originates from the Indus Valley Civilisation – a technologically advanced ancient civilisation that was spread across what is now modern day Pakistan.

Be on the go like a local.

European Bathroom Etiquette for London, Paris and Amsterdam

It is common to pay to use public restrooms, even if they appear to be free. If there is no cost to enter, there is likely a cost for toilet paper or a top dish for the bathroom attendant.

China Bathroom Etiquette

There are a lot of countries where bringing your own toilet paper is a custom, particularly in China or Korea. It’s often customary to bring your own since public restrooms may not always be well stocked.

Do not flush if you’re going to..

While Americans in particular are used to flushing their used toilet paper down the pipe, they must break that habit if they are traveling to Turkey, Greece, Beijing, Macedonia, Montenegro, Morocco, Bulgaria, Egypt and the Ukraine in particular. Restrooms will have special waste bins to place used toilet paper.

Singapore, Thailand and Taiwan Bathroom Etiquette

Squatting to use the restroom has been shown to be healthier and more natural for the body, which might be why some countries use in-ground toilets with steps on each side to place your feet. If there is a pedal to start running water or a bucket to wash down any waste, be sure to use it. These types of toilets are common in many Asian countries.

France, Italy and Portugal, Japan, Argentina and Venezuela loves bidet

A bidet, which features water jets for personal hygiene after using the toilet is often used in France. The personal cleansing method is also common in any place that has limited availability of paper products, and societies choose water for safer and better cleaning.

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