If you know how to use the toilet in Greece then you can avoid a whole host of problems for yourself and many others. A small change in your toilet habits will easily address the Greek requirements.
When people first told me of how the toilet was used in Greece I was a little taken aback and admittedly uncomfortable with the idea. Now I am used to it, (I also see it in other countries such as China, India and more) it has become easy for me to adapt to.
In Greece you will in most cases find the western style, porcelain sitting toilet. None of the crouching style holes in the floor you can see in Asia and some European nations.
When you go for a number 1, or should I say a wee then you can use it as you would anywhere else. Go, flush and your done. (Don’t forget to wash your hands.)
Can I flush toilet paper down the toilet in Greece?
However, when it comes to a number 2, that is where you sit down for a while, relax and contemplate the problems of the world then there is a change in toilet behaviour. For in this instance when you wipe yourself you should not flush the toilet paper. That’s right, when using the toilet in Greece do not put toilet paper down the toilet.
The reason for this is simple. The sewage system in Greece is not designed to handle the flushing of toilet paper. If you did, then you are likely to block the pipes in the sewer system. At best you’ll cause a blockage in your toilet, at worse, you’ll inconvenience a few other people.
What do I do with paper towels and toilet paper in Greece?
To help you with not putting toilet paper down the toilet you will find a bin beside the toilet. This maybe with a lid, an open basket or even a pedal bin.
When you’ve used toilet paper you should place the toilet paper in the bin, preferably face down.
I’ve found that most places I stay will have somebody come to empty this bin for you each day. (I don’t envy their job.)
If you find a bin beside the toilet in other countries then this policy is also likely to apply; (unless the bin is clearly labelled as being for lady products).
Now you know how to use the toilet in Greece
So that is how to use a toilet in Greece. Which other countries have you seen with similar rules on how to use the toilet?
You can find out more about where we stayed when we visited Mykonos in Greece if you click here.