Do You Flush?

May 10, 2009 by Kailani  
Filed under main blog, random thoughts


Since morning sickness and fatigue is still playing a major role in my life right now, I’ve decided to re-publish some of my more popular posts from the past. I hope to be up and running again soon!

Okay, this is a question that I never imagined I’d ever ask but . . . Do you flush after you pee?

The reason I’m asking is that Girlie Girl came home from playing at her friend’s house and informed me that the family does not flush the toilet after they pee. In fact, her friend’s mother told Girlie Girl not to flush unless it was poop.

Now, I know it’s not to save money on their water bill since our homes are part of the same association and we all pay the same maintenance fees no matter how much or how little water we use. Is it a personal thing? Cultural? Just plain conservation?

Then I started to wonder if more people didn’t flush after they pee. After all, it’s not like I go to someone’s home and ask if they prefer I not flush when I’m done. I just assumed that everyone did.

So, do you or someone you know prefer not to flush after peeing? Curious minds (well, me) want to know. And for future reference, if you ever come over for a visit, I prefer that you DO flush! Thank you.

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34 Responses to “Do You Flush?”
  1. Thom says:

    Hell yes I flush. It’s disgusting not to if ya ask me and it stinks…pee or poop if ya don’t. Aloha

  2. Sues2u2 says:

    We only Don’t flush if the well is frozen but as soon as it’s working again you can bet those toilets start flushing! And actually we’ve brought in water from bottles to flush in emergencies.

    So in other words – *shudder* & yuck!

  3. Prams Pushchairs says:

    *Flushing’s the only way.*
    I previously lived in a house with a person who never flushed after number 1’s and let’s just say there’s a smell associated with not pushing that kills your appetite. When you leave a toilet un-flushed the smell only gets worse which will fill half their house! Maybe the person you’re referring to had a bright idea involving water conservation? The thing is, this is not the way- there’s many better places to save water which aren’t so gross!

  4. Junglewife says:

    Ha! I’ve heard the “If it’s yellow, let it mellow, if it’s brown flush it down” mantra by the conservationists… In our house we flush! The only time I don’t flush is if I pee in the middle of the night. Our bathroom is right off our bedroom, and I don’t want to wake up my hubby, so I just leave the flushing ’till the morning. But that’s the only time!

  5. mysuestories says:

    Flush! Flush! Flush!!!!!!!!!!!
    No reason at No time Not to Flush!!!!!!

    Sorry-some things were NOT meant to be compromised in the 21st century!!!!!!

  6. Mighty M says:

    We do, but when I was younger we went through a water saving phase of not flushing after you peed. Yuck!

  7. Beth says:

    We flush, it’s just a natural thing to do. I can’t imagine not.

  8. melanie says:

    We flush. The only time we don’t is in the middle of the night so we do not wake up everyone. It gets flushed first thing though.

  9. AmyG says:

    We absolutely flush! Urine smells just as bad as poop! UGH!

  10. Becca says:

    I live in California and when I was younger there were major droughts. During those times we didn’t flush pee but now we always do!

  11. Ann says:

    Do you know I hadn’t even thought about the fact that there’s people that don’t flush? It hadn’t even crossed my mind. We definitely flush, I can’t even begin to think of my house full off un-flushed toilets.

  12. valmg says:

    Oh hell yes we flush!
    I was friends many years ago with someone who didn’t flush when they pee. They didn’t flush to conserve water and because they had a baby they didn’t want woken by the sound.
    I think babies should be exposed to the sounds so they’re not overly sensitive sleepers. And I don’t think anyone should be exposed to a previously used bowl.

  13. Mandee says:

    Flush away here!!! I agree with everyone else that urine can smell pretty bad when left in the toilet….not pretty!

  14. Lisa L says:

    I like that old song from Donovan “they call me mellow yellow”
    Everytime I hear it now….I think of not flushing toilets.

  15. Holly Schwendiman says:

    Eeeewwww! Yes, we flush after each use at my house. Sometimes I’ll hold a morning flush for courtesy until a shower is finished but we’re talking minutes there. That kinda grosses me out to think some people may not flush. :P


  16. Emily says:

    LOL!!! I used to watch wife swap, and there was an episode w/ the motto “if it’s yellow let it mellow, if it’s brown flush it down”. I thought that was hilarious. :O

  17. willowsprite says:

    Ok, I drink many many glasses of water throughout the day. So, that means I pee a lot during the day as well. I don’t flush every time I pee, I think that it’s such a waste. My pee dosen’t stink so much that I have to get rid of gallons of water every time I go. The water in the toilet dissolves the pee into it, so I actually never smell it. I also close the toilet, and wash it regularly. Seriously, there’s nothing wrong with trying to save a couple of gallons of water every day.
    Now if it’s the other thing, I definately flush, of course. And if I have company I flush, as well as visiting other people. ;)

  18. tracey says:

    My KIDS don’t always flush. Sometimes even if it’s BROWN. They are so ecologically minded, eh?

    BTW, pee left in a toilet DOES smell. Especially if that toilet isn’t used for a few days and no one knew there was pee in it. YUCK!

  19. Natalie says:

    What a funny blog post! I think that if you are opening up your home to guests, you MUST flush regardless. Really bad manners not to (not to mention the smell of course!)

  20. Meg says:

    Gross, gross, gross…. ok seriously yes we flush in this house every time. Occasionally my daughter will forget, and I call her back to flush it.

  21. Breas Mommy says:

    Yep we flush, but when I was growing up I used to get in trouble for flushing everytime. My great grandma didn’t want you to flush pee. I guess that was something from her generation?

  22. Rachel says:

    Regardless if you flush or not to save water or whatever other reasons, you should never ask a GUEST not to flush! That is terrible! …and you should flush when you have a guest over, even if the guest is a little girl…still flush.

  23. JamericanSpice says:

    We don’t flush all the time. but then our toilet leaks so after a few minutes there’s no pee.

    The dh flushes all the time though.

  24. Jenni Jiggety says:

    I flush! I can’t imagine not!

  25. Brandi says:

    We flush, except in the middle of the night since the bathroom is in our bedroom.

  26. Krista says:

    Yeah, I’m pretty much a flush girl! The only time I don’t is when it’s the middle of the night and I don’t want to wake my son up on the other side of the wall. Or when I was pregnant and it was like 3 drops. Not worth it then!
    I prefer if my husband always flushes though ‘cuz even his pee stinks! ;)

  27. Mama Bub says:

    During a drought, when we were younger, we were taught not to flush pee. But, I always did. I don’t want to walk into the bathroom and see someone else’s pee waiting for me.

  28. amanda says:

    We have 3 daughters in one room – 4, 3 and 1. On rocky bedtime nights I won’t flush, but otherwise I always do! And handwashing, can we talk about how few people wash hands?

  29. Doreen says:

    Definitely FLUSH!! It’s only sanitary to do so AND respectful to others!! It’s just disgusting to leave pee in the toilet to let everyone else see it purposefully. There was a person at work today that didn’t flush their toilet AND I didn’t appreciate seeing it. lol

  30. Vicki says:

    Not Flush ?????? Blech….Blech Blech Blech!!!!!

    I’ve never thought about not flushing because of the noise. If I have to cough in the middle of the night, I cough. If I have to sneeze, I sneeze. Sometimes loud. I know it’s louder than flushing a toilet. And that’s never caused anyone to wake up. It’s never entered my mind not to flush, because of the noise OR saving water. I can save water in lots of other ways, which don’t stink and make you feel like you’re going to puke.

  31. Cher says:

    Honestly I stopped flushing after every pee when I was pregnant with my 1st child. I just peed so much that I did notice a $20 increase in our water bill (maybe it was some other reason, but who knows). Then after he was born, I didn’t flush at night because I didn’t want to wake him up since the pipes and flushing is loud. Now, I still don’t flush at night, but I do flush first thing in the morning. Pee does have a funky smell, but with the seat down as long as you flush it like that the smell goes away. I always always always flush after poop though! Oh and at someone elses house, I would always flush!

  32. Louise says:

    If you don’t have toilet that is efficiant you can save a lot of water that way. We have newer toilets that use a lot less water so I flush!

  33. MommyAmy says:

    lol, so funny that you post this, it’s a debate that goes on in our house at least once a week.

    I think it’s nasty not to flush, and always flush unless it’s the middle of the night and I don’t wanna wake people up.

    Hubs on the other hand tends not to flush if he pees. There’s one bathroom in our house that doesn’t get used that much, and every once in a while he’ll pee in there and not flush and I’ll discover it who knows how long after the fact only because the smell is SO BAD! Drives me NUTS! He’s definitely in the “if it’s yellow let it mellow” camp.

  34. Potchie says:

    My wife and I only flush pee twice per day, sometimes three times if we notice ANY smell. Considering we both work from home and drink lots of fluid (especially during southern california summers), we are saving about 22 gallons of water per day, which adds up to over 8000 gallons per year. It’s not to save money, just to save water.

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