Is there a way to silently defecate in public toilets, without causing a loud splash/fart sound? Every time I'm on public toilets it's really hard to silently do my business.

  • Not really a hack! But trying not to void while someone is the bathroom might help. You can pretend to pretty up by the mirror, fake a call or blow your nose while you wait for someone to leave. For letting gas go, letting it out slowly helps and try not to let it go over water. You really should go before you leave your house, but yeah I know that is not always possible. Flushing as you feel the urge to go helps. Those public toilets can be loud :)
    – Pobrecita
    Commented Sep 21, 2015 at 21:01
  • On Japanese public toilets you only need to press a button.
    – Pablo A
    Commented Jun 6, 2019 at 2:55

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Avoiding bodily sounds isn't possible, unless you fancy whistling or humming, but putting toilet paper in first will stop the water noises.

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    Hmm..good idea :-) Commented Sep 20, 2015 at 23:43
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    I find it funny that the answer i get most up-votes is about pooing.
    – Terry
    Commented Sep 21, 2015 at 18:29
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    Coughing is also a good option to cover the noise.
    – Alex
    Commented Sep 21, 2015 at 19:42
  • The good ol' landing pad.
    – m-p-3
    Commented Oct 14, 2015 at 20:45
  • You can also cough at the crucial moment! :D
    – papakias
    Commented Jun 28, 2017 at 10:24

I'm going to take this in two parts.

  1. How do I avoid farting noises?

    This might sound weird, but there is a way to do this. Farts come out when the pressure builds up, then releases all at once. So do something to release it while it builds up. For me, taking a piece of toilet paper and pressing somewhere near the hole allows me to silently pass gas while on the toilet. But be careful...

  2. How do I avoid splashing noises?

    As Terry suggested, you can put a couple pieces of toilet paper in first. This has the added benefit of reducing the jets of water that attack you from below. But there is another way that helps as well. If you don't center yourself directly over the deepest section of the bowl, there's less water to splash on. This means less noise.

However, everyone still makes noises while on the toilet. Everyone knows this. Because of this, people are more forgiving about it. Additionally, you will always make some small sounds. But you are more likely to notice these than other people. When it comes down to it, just do your business and don't worry about making too much sound.


Use the toilet itself to mute the sounds by flushing when you feel gass is about to release, noone will hear it if you time it right.

You could also play music from your phone, or fake a call and just play music as your ringtone while you go, it will seem like someone called you, your not picking up, and covering up random sounds all in one shot

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    -1 Use the toilet itself to mute the sounds by flushing when you feel gass is about to release This will waste a lot of water. Commented Sep 22, 2015 at 10:58

Put paper down first or failing that, wait until someone starts the electric hand-dryer and then GO FOR IT! The sound of the dryer will give you a good 10-30 seconds of farting and splashing undetected. ;)

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    – Stan
    Commented May 14, 2018 at 23:51

Use dog bags? Although the sound might be disconcerting it won't be familiar and therefore recognisable.

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