Pooing outside of the comfort of your own home shouldn’t be a big deal: do your business, flush, wash up, done. But that leaves so many awkward or embarrassing issues unaddressed. How do you handle loud noises during a bowel movement in a cramped office rest room? Here you go

1. Space yourself out. Pick a stall as far away as possible from any that are already occupied, so you and other poopers can maintain a little privacy. The more space you have between you and other toilet goers, the less detectable any sounds or smells will be.

2. Put a layer of toilet paper on the water surface. The toilet papermuffles the noise poop makes when it hits the water and creates less of a splash.

Do a courtesy flush while you go…and another after. Besides masking any embarrassing sounds, flushing as soon as the poop plops prevents the odor from reeking up the entire bathroom.

3. Check to make sure the bowl is empty before exiting. “Don’t be that rude person who leaves a deposit behind for the next user to have to flush Oh, and if you’ve left skid marks, do a few flushes to get rid of them, or layer on some toilet paper to mask them so the next person isn’t grossed out.

4. Leave your phone at your desk or in your purse. Texting or talking on it in the stall is unhygienic.

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