Is it Rude to Flush the Toilet at Night?

When duty calls, that’s all there is to it… even if it is in the middle of the night. 

But, what about flushing the toilet when you’re done? 

Is it ok to flush the toilet at night, or is it rude? Read on below and find out!

Is it Rude to Flush the Toilet at Night?

Flushing the toilet at night isn’t exactly rude, but it doesn’t qualify as polite either. 

The truth of the matter is, whether or not it is rude to flush the toilet at night in your home (or wherever you are staying the night) boils down to common sense.

If there are other people sleeping, especially within the hearing range of the toilet when it is flushed, you may want to wait until the morning to flush. 

On the other hand, if it is just you at home, you’re ok to flush at night.

The bottom line? Avoid flushing the toilet at night unless you absolutely have no other choice (or if you happen to be the only one home).

How Rude Is it?


On the rude meter’s scale of 1 to 10, flushing the toilet at night rates 7. 

The main reason flushing the toilet after using it at night doesn’t rate 8, 9, or even 10, is that sometimes you have no choice but to flush (even if it means risking waking people up).

For example, if you’ve gone number 2 rather than number 1, you are better off flushing the toilet. Otherwise, the smell of your stool may creep out of the bathroom and through the house. 

Even more, the first person to get up in the night, or the following morning, to use the bathroom will have a very unpleasant surprise awaiting them in the unflushed toilet bowl if you don’t flush.

Why is it Rude?

Generally speaking, it is rude to flush the toilet at night when you get up and pee, and there are people sleeping whom the sound of the water flushing down the toilet and wooshing through the drainpipes could disturb or even wake up.

If you are doing something other than peeing, like having a bowel movement or getting sick (vomiting), it is better to flush the toilet right away than to wait. 

Would you rather be woken up at night by the sound of the toilet, or try sleeping with the aroma of a stink pickle wafting out from the bathroom all night long? 

Likewise, most people would rather hear the toilet flush at night than walk into the bathroom to brush their teeth and find a not-so-nice surprise in the toilet. 

Common Questions

Is it gross not to flush when you pee?

Despite what you may have heard, there are no known diseases or otherwise major deal-breakers associated with not flushing the toilet immediately when you pee. 

Urine is mainly sterile, therefore, it shouldn’t even smell (much) so long as there is water in the bowl.

Why do people flush the toilet at night?

People flush the toilet at night mainly when they have to do something other than urinate, like pooping or puking. 

It’s much more polite to flush the toilet and clean up after yourself than it is to leave feces or vomit floating in the water for the next person to take a bathroom break.

When should you wait to flush the toilet?

The main time you should wait to flush the toilet is if you are peeing at night and there are other people sleeping. 

If everyone else in the house is out of earshot of the bathroom, there’s no need to wait. 

In addition, if you are attempting to conserve water (and money off the utility bill) you may wait to flush your toilet just once or twice per day.