Got Guests? How to Prevent Embarrassing Bathroom Moments

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Ok, folks, we’re going there. Whether you’re having a parade of people over for the holidays, hosting a party, or even just having a few guest over, there’s one room you’ll want to be fully functional and well-stocked to prevent embarrassing moments, the bathroom! We’ve all had to endure an uncomfortable bathroom experience at one point in our lives, and it’s no picnic. Here are 11 things you can do to ensure that the bathroom experience in your home is as pleasant as possible for guests:

1. Fix ANY Toilet Issues Beforehand

If the primary toilet guests will be using has been fussy, aim to fix it well before your event or gathering. It’s not a good idea to temporarily fix an ongoing issue and hope it doesn’t rear its ugly head on one of your guests. That’s not really fair now, is it? If the issue is persistent, call a plumber to help you fix that problem once and for all!

2. Stock Plenty of Toilet Paper

Ever had to call out for extra TP, or worse forego using it because there wasn’t any left? Not a fun situation, is it? Stock plenty of toilet paper to accommodate the number of guests who will be in your home. Have extra available in a visible spot if possible, or at the very least in a cupboard that guests might look in to find some. It’s also good to just check on the bathroom periodically throughout your guests stay to make sure it’s well stocked.

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3. Offer Something to Freshen the Air

This is an absolute must! Give your guests some options to cover up any unpleasant odors with an air freshener that actually works. A product called Poo Pourri is a fun new product that coined the phrase, “Spritz the bowl before-you-go and no one else will ever know!” We’ve tried this stuff and it does work quite well. You simply spray it in the toilet before you go. Voila! We do recommend still offering something for the after effects that covers the job entirely, such as a citrus spray or matches. A really great odor masker is Febreze Free Nature, which has no fragrance but can mask pretty much any odor so well that guests will be none the wiser of what has transpired in the bathroom.

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4. Keep a Trash Can Nearby

There are so many reasons that a trash can is necessary in the bathroom. All we can say is please have one handy for guests. If you have animals, or others will be bringing theirs along for the visit, it’s best to have a small trash can that has a secure lid, such as this model from Neat-o which comes in a variety of colors to suit your bathroom decor. This will prevent curious pets from rummaging through the trash can.

Neat-O Trash Can with Lid

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5. Keep a Plunger Handy

They’re not pretty, but they’re there for an emergency. It’s best to keep these handy during guest visits, just in case. Having a plunger handy allows your guests to quietly deal with a minor annoying clog, rather than having to sheepishly alert you to the problem. Plungers don’t have to be unsightly, this decorative plunger comes in several finishes.

Blue Donuts Aerated Toilet Plunger Chrome

6. Toilet Brush

Streaking. It happens. Having a toilet brush handy allows guests to scrub any traces of ‘stuff’ away. Toilet brushes come in a variety of decorative containers for concealment. Just make sure if you have one, as well as the discrete plunger mentioned above, that you label them for guests so they know the difference.

7. Offer Some White Noise

If your guest bathroom is in close proximity to where the party is at, it’s a nice idea to provide some white noise. Keeping a bluetooth speaker with some light music playing close to or within the area can help. Bathroom rugs can also help to soak up noise.

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8. Disposable Hand Towels

Disposable hand towels are ideal for guests to use after they wash their hands. This keeps things clean and sanitary as terry cloth hand towels tend to get really damp with continued handwashes, which can be a little gross if we’re being honest. Keep either a roll of paper towels handy, or these disposable hand towels from Kleenex.

Kleenex Hand Towels

9. Post a Sign

Whether your plumbing is delicate or not, we like this precautionary measure. Send a little reminder to your guests with a sign stating to “please put only TP in the toilet, and to throw anything else away in the trash including disposable hand towels, facial tissue, feminine products, etc.”

10. Keep Plenty of Hand Soap, Hand Lotion, and Facial Tissue Handy

Hand soap is a given, but offering some hand lotion is an added bonus for your guests. Keep scents in the neutral zone using vanilla, citrus, lavender or even unscented products. Facial tissue and dental floss are also nice touches to keep handy for guests.

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11. Remove anything you want to keep hidden

Lastly, we highly recommend doing a visual sweep and place anything you want to keep hidden out of sight. Clean out the trash can and add a liner. Declutter the countertop. Make sure any all medications are tucked away out of plain sight.

What other tips do you have to prevent embarrassing bathroom moments?

North County Plumbing has been in the service business since 1970 providing quality plumbing services including leak detection and drain service in northern San Diego County. Our qualified technicians are available 24 hours a day to help with emergency plumbing repair services… with no overtime charges!

If you found this blog helpful, you may want to check out our post “Toilet Maintenance Tips.

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