Cameron Diaz: ‘If it’s yellow let it mellow, if it’s brown flush it down’

Cameron Diaz is out promoting that tearjerker cancer movie My Sister’s Keeper. She’s already appeared in Vogue in a rather boring interview that focused largely on her environmental cred. Now she’s admitting (or rather, bragging) to the press that she doesn’t flush the toilet. It seems Cameron is a big fan of that old-school rhyme “If it’s yellow let it mellow, if it’s brown flush it down.” Which I suppose is okay if that’s the rule you only apply to your own home, and you don’t have a dog who likes to drink out of the toilet. Which my dog does, so I always flush to be polite to him. Anyway, Cameron has her flushing rules:

[Cameron Diaz] does all she can to be environmentally friendly, and believes it is a waste of water to flush every time she has relieved herself.

She said: “I do follow the, ‘If it’s yellow leave it mellow, if it’s brown flush it down’ saying. I believe in that 100 per cent.

“But there are a couple of rules. You can’t go more than two or three times, if it’s consecutive, if you’re drinking a lot of water, without flushing.

But if you have coffee or something, it’s going down!”

The 36-year-old actress – who drives a Toyota Prius, a hybrid electric car – has been interested in green issues since she was a child, and credits her parents with making her environmentally aware.

She explained to TV talk show host Jay Leno: “It’s one of those things that is just a lifestyle choice. I was brought up that way so it’s something that I automatically do. I’m rigged that way.”

[From The Hollywood Rag]

I think this comes from two different interviews. Cameron didn’t tell Jay Leno her little flushing story, but this is making it seem like Cameron is saying she was “raised” to never flush the toilet, when she was talking about being “raised” to be environmentally conscious. I think the not-flushing thing was a choice she made as an adult. Plus, I don’t know of anyone who was raised to not flush. Perhaps I’ve been warped by my own toilet education, and I was just raised to flush the toilet every time. Am I going to environmental hell?

Cameron Diaz is shown at an event for the Natural Resources Defense Council on 4/25/09. Credit:

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  1. I Choose Me says:

    Her house, her choice to flush or not to flush. In my house we flush every time we use the toilet. If you leave pee in the toilet it stinks and stains the bowl. I also clean my toilet bowl every couple of days, including using clorox wipes on the toilet seat and under the rim so maybe I’m just a germaphobe but that’s how I roll.

  2. weezy says:

    i grew up in the 70’s and that was the rule at our house too, and we were a very clean family! that was before lo-flow toilets and my parents thought it was a huge waste of water (what like 4 gallons each flush?) we even had a brick in the back of the tank to use less water! we still do it. a couple of ‘yellows’ doesn’t make the toilet any dirtier if they aren’t left for days.

  3. teehee says:

    I am that way too. It isnt really super necessary to flush that frequently; I usually can let it slide until I think the paper would pose as a threat LOL
    We have different toilets in germany, plus always have the window tilted open too. No stink issues at all; and no stains either. So I’m cool with that rule.

  4. RobN says:

    I grew up in a big drought area and never knew, growing up, that flushing every time was something people did. Even public restrooms had the sign up about not flushing unless you needed to. It’s more a cultural thing than a health issue.

  5. KDRockstar says:

    Ick. Nast.

  6. okay... says:

    We visited northern California in the early 90’s. They were in drought conditions and the public toilets had laminated signs in each of the stalls- “If it’s yellow let it mellow….
    Makes sense I guess but I’ll be honest it grossed me out a little. Seems different somehow when it’s your own bathroom and not one you share with the general public.

  7. Jeane says:

    I don’t know, I just have a problem with all these super wealthy celebrities and their environment talk.

    I don’t own a gigantic villa with five bedrooms and three swimmingpools that all need water and power. I don’t fly around the world in private jets and I don’t even have a car. So if I want to flush my toilet or take a bath instead of a shower and leave a nightlight on, then that’s my prerogative.

  8. jess says:

    i do this too!!!!!!

  9. Annie says:

    CA has a lot of droughts, it’s because some idiot thought it’d be a great idea to make a desert inhabitable. (Thanks Owens Valley!)


    I’m with her on that belief, though it really all depends on if it’s super stinky yellow or not, which it sometimes is when you’re living with your man.

    Also, someone should tell her that the whole thing about Prius’s being better for the environment…not necessarily true.

    What are you going to do with this giant acid spewing battery when you’re done Ms. Diaz?

  10. Codzilla says:

    Jeane: I agree in full with everything you said.

  11. nikkers says:

    So people in public restroom actually followed the “let yellow mellow” suggestion? I have a public restroom phobia because of people who were following the “spray yellow and any other color oll over as many surfaces as you possibly can!” suggestion!

  12. Sissy says:

    I flush everytime too. I’ll see you in Environmental Hell.

  13. Cinderella says:

    I only let it mellow during the night. When the sun comes up, that sucker gets flushed.

  14. boo says:

    Jeane, ditto.

    I bet Cam flushes that first morning pee.

  15. Obvious says:

    Flush or not to flush. In your own house it’s your decision, but for the love of god people, please teach your children and such to flush in public! it’s unhygienic to let it stand!

  16. daisy424 says:

    Jeane, agree 100%.

    Who the hell wants another person’s urine hitting them in the ass, disgusting.

    @Annie, I absolutely agree with your last sentence big problem.
    Hmm, that’s something I never thought I would type. 🙂

  17. stewie says:

    I am loving these comments…so funny that we’re all so willing to talk about our bathroom habits!

    I also agree with you, Jeane. not flushing doesn’t really make up for the other ways in which these celebs abuse the environment.

    to Annie…no kidding about the Prius! besides disposal, the way the materials needed for the battery are “mined” is very destructive to the environment.

  18. Ceenitall says:

    Too many Poos we all Lose!

  19. ChristinaT says:

    i don’t even know why celebrities even bother to be green… their carbon footprint must be enormous with all the jetsetting and wasteful spending they do…

    i’m sorry but looking at unflushed pee in the toilet grosses me out.

  20. Annie says:

    Who the hell wants another person’s urine hitting them in the ass, disgusting.

    🙁 It’s really not fun. 🙁

    😉 Thanks Daisy. 😀

    And yea, every huge environmental freak I know is actually against the Prius.

    What’s funny to me about that car is that it’s not environmentally-friendly and it’s not economical!

    So what’s the point of it?

  21. Not Impressed says:

    i’m going to flush a few extra times every time i pee now to balance out all the lunatics that don’t flush. yuck.

  22. lway says:

    Sis. She tells people this? I’d like to know at what point Cameron starts discussing her toilet manors with strangers.

  23. Maritza says:

    Well the economy has changed so any little bit helps. I do the exact same thing, it saves me $ in the water bill and avoids filling the septic tank. We have no sewage in the country.

  24. me too... says:

    yeah, I was raised to do this too, it’s really not a big deal and it actually really adds up.

    Using up those stupid Lysol wipes cuz you’re too lazy to use a spray bottle with a little water and bleach (or vinegar) is just a stupid/non-biodegradable waste IMO and bugs.

    I really hate how selfish and lazy everyone is now days. Disposable EVERYTHING. F*ck the consequences.

  25. gg says:

    gross! I have always really hated that awful saying. “Let it mellow”? WTF – what does she want it to become after it “mellows” – cheese, or beer?

    The rule in my house is “milk, milk, lemonade, round the corner, fudge is made …”

  26. jen c says:

    ewww you really should not let your dog drink from the john. close the lid and problem solved!

  27. Magsy says:

    I wouldn’t do anything she says.

  28. Jay P says:

    Interesting reactions from the house. Any of you guys heard about pit latrines??? Guess not! Well, here in the motherland, Africa, that’s what’s used. No need to choose between letting the yellow mellow or not; it all just drops to the pit bottom.

    Perfect, isn’t it??? Though it used to scare the living daylights outta me as kid.

  29. While visiting Australia we noticed almost every URINAL was a waterless or NON-FLUSHING urinal. Now back in California where we try to conserve water we notice many public restrooms are going to these types of urinals. If you live in a house with all men, the LET IT MELLOW helps bring down the water bill! Our first water bill in Riverside California (the desert) was nearly $500 for watering our new lawn, showering daily, doing laundry and using the dishwasher. By conserving water we are REDUCING OUR WATER BILL! Of course, when Mother comes to visit – WE FLUSH!

  30. jay says:

    There are instances, though, when this rule cannot apply.
    I go to an all-guys boarding school, and we have urinals and toilets, and one bathroom per floor. I can’t stand when people don’t flush the damn urinal. It might make sense if it’s just one toilet and there’s a lid, but five urinals full with urine just stinks. As a habit, I flush all of the urinals every time I use the bathroom.
    No matter the money concerns, I’m sure that the school’s administration would agree that it’s better to flush EVERY TIME.