Toiletiquette: Do's And Don'ts In The Bathroom

09/08/2008 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Our area is suffering from a drought. To save water, our family has adopted an "if it's yellow, let it mellow" philosophy toward flushing the toilet. We've proudly watched our consumption fall. But is it appropriate not to flush at work or at friends' homes? We are in a drought. Andy, Carrboro, N.C.

Hang on a second. I just need to finish watering the lawn.

I applaud your family's economy almost as much as I don't want to drop by for a visit.

The problem with implementing your policy outside the home, however, at work or at friends' houses, is that absent a group decision to stop flushing, your unilateral act might offend people who are unaware of its noble intentions. They'll just think you're gross.

So until a group accord is reached, I'd keep flushing. Think of it as taking one for the team.

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