What is the meaning of the poem “If You Sprinkle When You Tinkle”?

The rhyme “if you sprinkle when you tinkle” is meant to remind people to wipe the toilet seat clean of urine that splashes around. “… be a sweetness and wipe the seat(ie)” or “… please be neat and wipe the seat” are two variants of the poem. Although the poetry is well-known, the origin of the poem is unknown, according to Giggle Poetry.

Other bathroom courtesy, according to MTV, includes informing other users when toilet paper needs to be refilled. If no toilet tissue is available, Women’s Health Magazine recommends being friendly and sharing toilet tissue beneath the stall at a public restroom. The journal also advises against leaving toilet paper floating in the bowl and flushing after each use, even if there is no excrement in the bowl.

According to Women’s Health, loitering in a public restroom when not in use is inappropriate, as people appreciate their privacy when using the restroom. It’s also not a good idea to strike up a conversation with strangers. Spraying too much air freshener in public restrooms is not a smart idea, as the aroma might be overpowering for other users.

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Misha Khatri
Misha Khatri is an emeritus professor in the University of Notre Dame's Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. He graduated from Northern Illinois University with a BSc in Chemistry and Mathematics and a PhD in Physical Analytical Chemistry from the University of Utah.

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