Everyone Is Secretly Judging Your Loo

In my head this is everyone else's bathrooms
In my head this is everyone else's bathrooms

Harpic Hygenic

I, like many people who have slight perfectionist tendencies (OK, obsessive compulsive tendencies) and who get stressed, tend to have a little panic before people come to my house. I imagine that the houses they have left are not like my house. They don’t have a laundry basket of clothes waiting to be ironed, or dishes that I haven’t put in the dishwasher because I haven’t unloaded the last lot.

I imagine they have perfect houses, with fresh flowers in vases on their bedside tables, chandeliers and colour coordinated towels. And I know these houses exist because I’ve seen them on the telly.

I’m sure you’ve seen them too. Harpic and Spray & Wipe have a lot to answer for. Including why, if she was indeed mother of the bride, was she sitting around at home in a dirty house waiting for a disaster rather than attending the wedding.

In my head this is everyone else's bathrooms

The most recent ones I’ve seen are the Harpic Hygenic “Everyone is secretly judging your loo” ads. They confirmed my worst fear. Not only is my house a horrible mess, habitable only by myself, Husband, and our cat who enjoys sleeping in the laundry basket of unironed clothes, but everyone else is secretly judging me for it. Honestly they sure know how to add a healthy dose of paranoia to their advertising campaign.

Who are these people who go around judging other people’s toilets? Do they exist? Are there really people running around holding up a score sign every time they use my facilities? Or are they more interested in the fact that there is grime behind my taps or I haven’t washed the bath tub in quite a while. Maybe they’re more interested in how white my grout is, or those boxes of unpacked stuff in my hallway from about 3 years ago.

Either way, I have to wonder – if you are really going around judging other people’s loos, what does that say about you?


Photo 1 found here. Photo 2 found here.

If you haven’t seen the Harpic ad, you can watch it here.

  • Monique Fischle

    Yes! Yes! A thousand times yes to the ad with the mother of the bride! So many inconsistencies. For one thing, when it was my sister’s wedding, we cleaned up around the house for the pre-wedding photos, so it makes no sense that the house is a pigsty and why on earth was she not at her daughters wedding?

    But seriously, as much as I love things to be organised, my room looks like a bomb hit it, so unless you have a family of rats living in your house due to messiness, no judgement from me!

    • http://tamsinhowse.com/blog Tamsin Howse

      I hate that ad!! Why is she not at the wedding?! I don’t understand!!

  • clansi

    I know someone who claims to “not care” if other people’s houses are beast but will run her fingers down the back of the toilet s bend at every house she visits “just to see if it is free of dust”.


    • http://tamsinhowse.com/blog Tamsin Howse

      Remind me to pee all over the toilet s-bend if I ever have this person over to my house.

  • Whippersnapper

    I always feel like I have to squeeze bleach into the main bathroom toilet when people come over, just so it’s clean. I even have those duck disc things, in lavender so people can see I care about toilet hygiene! Haha, I’m mildly OCD.

    • http://tamsinhowse.com/blog Tamsin Howse

      Those disc things scare me a little bit. I have only ever encountered them in bathrooms where they are used as a substitute for cleaning. Shudder.

  • Caro Hutchison

    If i stressed out about the state of my house when people visited then I’d never have anyone over. It is often a bomb site (i blame the kids but I know it would probably be just as bad if they weren’t here) but so long as there is somewhere to sit it’s ok :) I envy people who keep a nice house and wish I could but to be honest I just don’t try hard enough to keep on top of things. I often feel that keeping a tidy house is a slightly pointless exercise when it’s only going to be messy again within half an hour.

    • http://tamsinhowse.com/blog Tamsin Howse

      I don’t actually have people over too often, if I’m honest, and I make sure at least the room they are going to sit in is spotless. I always feel like if my house were bigger I’d have places for all the stuff then it wouldn’t get so messy.

      But that’s a lie. We moved into a 3 bedroom house from a 1.5 bedroom apartment and yet we STILL don’t have enough space ;).

  • Melissa Savage

    I hear you T. Oh how I hear you. I’m so glad your house isn’t perfect, because I totally picture you having a perfect house. Everyone else’s houses always seem so much cleaner than mine, but maybe that’s all an illusion. I recently went up (invited but without prior arrangement) to my friends’ apartment and was utterly delighted to discover it was just like ours: dirty dishes, laundry hanging, laptops and shoes on the floor. It made me so much more relaxed.

    • http://tamsinhowse.com/blog Tamsin Howse

      You picture me having a perfect house? Haha! The facade is working perfectly! 😉

  • Valentina B

    i never understood how in those ads, the women (yes, always women) are so concerned with cleanliness yet allow their bathroom/kitchen/whatever get so messy in the first place?! makes no sense!