Virtues for a healthy and harmonious bathroom

Throughout his life, Confucius taught about five virtues: gravity, generosity, sincerity, earnestness and kindness.

“If you are grave, you will not be treated with disrespect. If you are generous, you will win all. If you are sincere, people will repose trust in you. If you are earnest, you will accomplish much. If you are kind, this will enable you to employ the services of others.”

Perhaps this is not what Confucius had intended, but here are five virtues that will help you have a healthy, more harmonious bathroom:


If you respect your towels and use them for only what they were intended for, they will employ proper drying for years to come.

Don’t use your bathroom towels for anything but drying. Using your bathroom towels for cleaning will make them look older faster, and the cleaning products will damage them.


I have conducted a “highly scientific” consumer test over the last five years, and I can tell you that the towels I bought at the discount store have maintained their effectiveness and look just as well as the towels I paid twice as much for at the specialty bath store.

Consider giving each member of the family their own color of towel. You will always know who the guilty party is that leaves their wet towel on the floor, and you won’t have to suffer the indignity of putting your face in a towel someone just used elsewhere.


It’s especially important in a shared bathroom that everyone has a place for their own things.

If there is not enough drawer space, perhaps you could use baskets. Don’t mix Tommy’s toothbrush with Sally’s hair pretties. Give all who use the bathroom a place for everything and everything in its place.

Electrical cords have a place, too. If you are like me it takes a few different hair appliances to keep me perfectly coiffed. I store them all in large drawer with their cords controlled with claw-like hair clips. Clips are easier than rubber bands or Velcro straps, simply wind and clip. I never waste time in the morning untangling cords.


Throw away any toiletries you have not used in the last six months.

Some toiletries even have an expiration date. Ditch anything past its date. Don’t hold on to makeup for too long, either. Using old makeup and applicators can cause infections.

Did you get suckered into the buy-more-save-more deals at the yummy-smelling lotion and soap store? Are you unwilling to toss that investment?

Consider mixing your half-used bottles of lotions together to create your own signature scent! That would be fun.

I’m kidding. Don’t do that, unless you want to smell like a Pomegranate Night Lily Cucumber and Ripe Peach Sandwich.


Cleanliness, above all, is the greatest of the bathroom virtues. You use your bathroom every day. It needs to be cleaned every day.

Keep as little as possible on the bathroom counter top to give fewer places for dust and germs to collect. Many items may reside on your counter top would be better off in a drawer or cabinet. A toothbrush is one such example.

Keep a container of disinfecting cleaning wipes under your sink for quick clean-ups. Swipe and swish each morning after you finish your routine.

These wipes are also handy if you share your commode with little “sprinklers.” Confucius didn’t say it, but I’m sure you’re familiar with the bathroom adage, “If you sprinkle when you tinkle, be a sweetie, wipe the seatie.”

One more piece of advice: If you share a bathroom, clean up after yourself.

It is disrespectful to expect others to attend to their bathroom duties when little remnants of your presence are left behind.

It’s like Confucius would always say (he really didn’t), “The man who scrubs the toilet bowl will live a long life with a happy wife.”

Couldn’t have said it better myself.


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