How to Feng Shui the Toilet

I get this question a lot so I thought I’d summarize it here!

There are many ways to counterbalance a toilet so vital energy does not escape by being flushed away from a feng shui standpoint. Here are some ways using traditional cures:

1. Run a line of red (anything red will do) around the outgoing pipe with intentions of not allowing any vital energy from being flushed away.

The problem with this fix is that sometimes it is hard to disguise the red. So, let me give you some alternatives to this:

2. Place a mirror face up on top of the toilet tank with intentions of deflecting vital chi back up instead of allowing it to be pulled down and flushed away. The mirror can be sitting there alone, or something decorative can even be sitting on it. Another alternative is to open the tank lid and place the mirror on the bottom of the tank inside (under water) with intentions of deflecting the water energy upwards, and not allowing vital chi to “go down the drain.” I’d recommend at least a 4″ diameter one, or use multiple smaller ones if that does not fit inside or on top of your tank easily.

3. Hang a crystal above the toilet or in the center of the bathroom ceiling with intentions of dispersing the energy before it has the capacity to congregate over the toilet and get flushed away. Any round, multi-faceted crystal will do (I’m not talking about a natural stone here, but instead, a leaded glass crystal.) I’d recommend a minimum of a 30 mm one.

4. Hang a large wind chime the same as the crystal. I personally prefer the crystals because they are more visually discreet, but either one will do.

This cure is especially helpful if you do not have a traditional tank.

Hope that helps!


  • sandra orourke March 3, 2012 at 11:55 am

    OH my god, I have the mirror under the pipe, my mirror is face up on the floor under the main pipe of the toilet. Is this terrible

    • Karen March 3, 2012 at 12:23 pm

      Before you go calling anything terrible, take a breath, and check in, and think to yourself “Is this showing up in my life in a negative way?” Who know.s you may have placed something else to counterbalance something and you weren’t aware of that either. A mirror face up with intentions of lifting the chi might not be so terrible…but if you appear to (for lack of better words) be getting “pooped on” in life, then perhaps you can move that mirror up a bit. :)

  • jessielyn March 3, 2012 at 2:14 pm

    hi karen, i read in some books that placing a big mirror outside the door of the bathroom helps. is it true?i like to put a real potted plant in my bathroom a money tree may be do you think its ok thank you…

  • Susan March 3, 2012 at 8:14 pm

    Hi Karen,

    I keep a hand mirror with a mirror on both sides on top of my toilet … I keep the prettier etched mirror facing up, and the plain side facing down. Should I move the mirror so that one side is not facing downward on the toilet? Or should I drape the side that faces down? Thanks!

    • Karen March 4, 2012 at 3:40 pm

      I think that will do the trick!

  • Laura March 6, 2012 at 11:47 am

    Would a red toilet seat be a good idea? Or even a purple one? With the lid down that would keep chi from being flushed away, yes?

    • Karen March 6, 2012 at 12:04 pm

      Good from a feng shui standpoint maybe, but odd for sure from a design standpoint! How about painting the underside of the seat red instead if you want to go that route?

  • Laura March 6, 2012 at 12:30 pm

    Actually, the bathroom is done in light purple and green tones, see this as an example of one I thought would work: Click on the Lilac color to see what I mean.

  • Nicole March 7, 2012 at 3:46 pm

    Because glass/mirror = more water, will your suggestions still work on a toilet in the fame/reputation area?

    • Karen March 8, 2012 at 8:31 am

      Yes, because of the energy quality and the “Law or reflection.” And PS, intentions is everything in feng shui. :)

  • Kat March 9, 2012 at 1:00 pm

    Not related to the toilet, rather I have a sink in my fame/reputation area. I tied red ribbons around the pipes and have candles on the window ledge behind it. Would a mirror under the pipes help?


    • Karen March 9, 2012 at 1:47 pm

      I think you’re good to go already with the red around the pipes. :)

  • monica April 18, 2012 at 12:34 pm

    Hello Karen, your book really helped me a lot.
    In my family gua I have a toll wood cabinet , perfect place for it, but inside is full of different size of glasses. I think that i should put red to melt some of the metal, black for water and some yellow for earth? Does some element has to be more than another/
    Thank you for changing my life

    • Karen April 18, 2012 at 1:42 pm

      Glass equals water not metal, so I think you’re good to go on the water and wood in the family gua! And you are welcome for whatever part I helped with!

  • Brenda May 30, 2012 at 7:14 pm

    I have a toilet line (toilet points through door at me) that crosses my body when I sleep . I keep the door shut, lid down, and have red on the pipes. I can not reposition my bed because of windows and doors on the other walls. I am having health problems and would like to know how to stop the toilet line of negative chi from affecting my health.

    • Karen May 30, 2012 at 10:26 pm

      Mirrors, red and crystals can do many things if you know what the y do and can get imaginative on how to use them. Mirrors deflect, red stops, and crystals disperse chi – which can be very helpful if used in this situation…like hanging a crystal between bed and toilet or running a line of red along that side of the bed with intentions of stopping chi from crossing the line…This cure guide might be helpful for you if you are getting to know what basic cures can do:

  • Rachel May 30, 2012 at 10:37 pm

    I understand about putting a red tape around outgoing pipes with basically clean water, but from a Feng Shui perspective do you want to block the waste from leaving? Don’t we want to get rid of our actual and energetic “crap”. Just wondering…thanks!

    • Karen May 30, 2012 at 10:40 pm

      Good wondering! Keep that up! Yes, it is all in the intention, or “unseen” part of the sure…that makes the seen 3-D stuff “know” what to do. :)

  • Claudia June 8, 2012 at 10:09 pm

    Hello Karen, my question is on the family part of my gua it happens to fall into my garage. I have a water heater in that section and also my husband keeps all his tools. Tools are metal which is bad. I placed a ceramic sun that has a moon with it as my fire to melt the metal and I also placed a green jersey in a frame and a couple of pieces of 4by 4. Would this be enough wood for or should I place some cut construction paper behind my husbands tool chest. Please advise

  • Karen June 9, 2012 at 10:53 am

    It all depends on the results you get as to how much you need to tweak it. If you get no results, add more wood or water, etc. If you see movement in the right direction, then let it be. :)

  • Sandy June 18, 2012 at 6:52 am

    I need a someone to help be to feng shui my place… I have try to do everything but I dont see any changes.. I want to know what im doing wrong… Please need help!!!

  • Virginia July 13, 2012 at 5:25 pm

    I used red sewing thread around the toilet. No one can see it! I thought about it a lot and that is the best idea I could think of. I have two mirrors next to the toilet faced up: one pretty one on the soap holder on the wall and one hidden under the vanity. I put a picture of a lotus in a gold frame with purple behind the picture. This way the flower “grows” from the toilet. Red tape around the pipes leaving the toilet, sink, and tub. Hopes this helps.

  • Christopher July 21, 2012 at 12:18 am

    Hi —love your book and attitude of life! I live in a 2 story Duplex with 2 units. Mine is the bottom floor – I have a tricky front door situation that consists of 2 parts—My front door is down and around -underneath the steps of the upper duplex entrance.

    And my entrance walk way has steps leading up to the front door landing on 2 opposite sides. Meaning the chi can come in and go right out the opposite way .

    Re the porch I keep my front porch on , the door is painted red and I have a windchime in a tree to the right of the house near the door

    Should I put a mirror facing up underneath my neighbors stairs to take away that “heaviness” and Should I put a red line on the top of one of the entrance ways —or block it with a tree – or plants?

    Thank you so much for any suggestions you might have

    Best and thank you —following your book —and I am continuing to “up grade” each area –has made a big difference and I am sure it will continue .

    Help! I need attract more Chi as well as stopping it from “going right ” down the hill !

    • Karen July 21, 2012 at 10:30 pm

      not 100% sure I understand but I like the mirror idea I THINK!

  • Donna August 5, 2012 at 2:12 pm

    On page 209 of your book figure 48 is almost how my house is set up except the helpful people section would be bumped out like the part that you have as not in bagua. My front door goes into the house through the bumped out section, meaning to the left of where the door is on figure 48. I have a bathroom in the skills and knowledge section and in the helpful people section. With my house this way according to figure 48 would I still set the bagua on my house the same because my door goes in to the left instead of straight in?

    • Karen August 9, 2012 at 10:54 am

      I’m a little twirled by your description (that’s why I have a “Customized bagua overlay” service on my website!) but based on the last sentence, I’m thinking no. Stand in the htreshold of your door and hold your arms straight out. What is in front of your house is a part of the main bagua and what is behind your arms is not – and you’d “brig it in” with a mirror if need be… hope that helps???

  • Sasha September 24, 2012 at 8:05 am

    Hi Karen,

    Love your book… Read that if you bed is facing washroom door then keep something in between to separate it to avoid negativity or a red tape around the bed frame. I am new to the house and it will take some time for us to buy a new bed and in the meantime we have placed the mattress on the carpeted floor. just wondering if I could put a red skirt with intention to stop negative chi. I keep my bathroom door and toilet seat down all the time. In my bathroom there is a window which is facing ravine and opposite the window is the big bathroom mirror. It is in relationship corner. Due to summer I keep my window opened all the time so what would be the chi in this case. is the negative chi going away through the window or positive chi is coming in but getting deflected through the mirror. We keep talking about the bathroom door and toilet seat but do not talk about the glass window in the bathroom. do they have any negative or positive affect on chi.

    Please throw some light on this and what cure should I take to keep the good chi in.

    • Karen September 24, 2012 at 9:01 am

      Yes, the color red STOPS chi with the right intentions. And as for windows, views, etc. – everything is relative, so there is no definitive right or wrong for them…it depends on the circumstances. Mirrors double what they reflect…so if you are asking if a ravine (earth element?) is OK in relationships, I’d say it is OK…but that is really a guess without asking a ton of other questions,,,thus the reason for full consultations.

  • Deeya October 3, 2012 at 3:00 pm

    Hi Karen,

    in regards to the question above by sasha, is it not possible to put a red tape at the bottom of the door from inside the bathroom which will stop the negativity to come to the bedroom and affecting health of the people. I read somewhere that if your feet are facing the bathroom door then you may suffer from leg shint. Instead of buying a foot stool or bead curtain or having something in between the bed and bathroom door. WOULD THAT WORK…. ?

    • Karen October 3, 2012 at 3:58 pm

      Yes. RED stops energy with that intentions.

  • Tonya McDonald October 22, 2012 at 5:32 am

    Hello Karen
    I have a picture of myself above the toilet on the wall in a shadow box frame, on the tank
    I have a pinkish glass diamond large and a large brass old style key.
    My question is .. Is having a picture of myself above the toilet bad ?

    • Karen October 22, 2012 at 6:47 am

      If I could get one thing in people’s heads is that something in and of itself is not usually solely classified as good or bad (if toxic waste is on Pluto, is it BAD? for who and why?), but what it “says” to you and what is around it. If you are single and looking for love, a single picture of you alone in the frame anywhere COULD BE bad, but not necessarily (like if you have a lot more pics with you and friends than that one single picture, etc.) I cannot say if anything is good or bad unless I know what’s going on in your life and where all the stuff is, sorry.

  • Danny January 13, 2013 at 7:23 pm

    My computer is directly under the second floor toilet bowl. What are the remedies I can do to fix this. I can not transfer either of them and I have heard that this bad especially I do a lot of work on the computer.

    • Karen January 14, 2013 at 8:27 am

      A mirror face down under computer or a mirror face up somewhere above the toilet with intentions of deflecting them apart.

  • Anisha January 15, 2013 at 8:50 pm

    I have a mirror that reflects me when I am in the toilet .Is that bad? I am not able to move that mirror since it is attached to the wall.Any help?

    • Karen January 16, 2013 at 11:19 am

      I’m not a big fan and wouldn’t go out of my way to create that scenario, but since it is there…you could use some of those Command Hooks and possibly hand a pretty fabric over it or something like that so you do not see yourself and “double that.”
      The rule – the places you spend the most time effect you the most comes in mind – make it quick in there and lesssen the impact. :)

  • Marie February 7, 2013 at 11:00 am

    I am new to Feng Shui but am at my wits end. I have been making corrections in my home for awhile now and found informtion about water under stairs. Can you tell me of a cure, my main water shut off is under the stairs in the basement and cannot be relocated. I’ve read this effects the youngest son. The house is 12 years old and all the stairs from the basement to the second floor is in the center of the house.

    • Karen February 7, 2013 at 4:47 pm

      You can find something about EVERYTHING if you look hard enough. My advice is to check in with the eldest son and see what’s going on before making a move. Once you know the exact situation you want to shift, then make a move. The part of the house associated with the youngest son is the front left-hand part. So if you happen to have stairs there and there is a water underneath and your youngest son is having problems (I’d guess something like being ungrounded, or over emotional perhaps?) then work with the feng shui basics, like adding earth element to stop the water element from getting overpowering, etc. Earth is the element for this front right hand area AND it helps control water element. Without seeing or hearing what you’ve really got there, that’s my best guess. Hope it helps.

  • Tanya McClain May 30, 2013 at 1:58 pm

    hI Karen, I’m steadily moving into sheng chi practices after becoming a casino dealer many asian women would come and talk to me about how lucky that i am, asking me did i wear jade, at the time i didn’t HOWEVER i started dabbling into wearing jade and now have a great collection. I now am into feng shui which leads me to sheng chi practices. I realize my bathroom is in the wealth area and without knowing it i already have my bathroom decorated in different hues of blue/green the color turquoise which is my FAVORITE color. wOw I was already moving in the right direction :-) the bathroom also has a tile tapestry art on the tub area wall that’s tiles of brown&turquoise AGAIN sheng chi colors for the bathroom.

    My question to you is, I want to TOTALLY cure the wealth area in positive manners for continued HUGE wealth within my life. Do I tie 9 inch and longer red ribbon underneath cabinet on water pipe? tie red ribbon with bells between the toilet handle? tie a red ribbon on the bathtub fixture handles? put a crystal in each corner of the bathroom? put 8 stalk bamboo arrangement in bathroom? I plan to execute these sheng chi cures once i implement them all do you think this will be powerfully productively effective in encouraging HUGE weatlh within my life?

    • Karen June 5, 2013 at 11:59 am

      Sometimes I don’t fix what does not appear to be broken. ;0
      But red around outgoing pipes (no length specifics needed and nothing needed on handles, etc.) and a plant for added “growth” sound like good choices.

  • jim October 1, 2013 at 6:57 am

    in our house toilet is in south west
    any remedies

  • Ana November 10, 2013 at 1:53 pm

    Hi there! My bathroom is in the fortunate blessings/wealth area of my little home, and intuitively I’ve secured a mirror on top of the toilet seat to deflect the CHI from exiting down the drain.
    Your recommendation is slightly different (on the tank). Do you think mine is effective the way it is?
    I’m experiencing some un-fortunate events since moving in and so I wonder if I’ve gone about the mirror placement all wrong!! I will introduce crystals and red to see if there are any improvements.
    Thank you!

    • Karen November 12, 2013 at 7:50 am

      As with ANY CURE, my recommendation is to do whatever you do with clear intentions (this alone can be approximately 70% of the cure) and then observe the results you get…then tweak accordingly…that is the BEST WAY to figure out if the cure is right for you. Cures in books may not have considered something that you uniquely have in your hose for better or worse…so using this do it and observe technique is the best way to ensure that you have the best cure for your specific condition. :)

  • Tanmoy November 23, 2013 at 3:33 am

    Hi Karen,

    Is it ok to keep money plant growing the bathroom ?

    • Karen November 23, 2013 at 9:48 am

      Everything is relative, so ask yourself how it’s working for you, but it should be fine. :)

  • Angel January 11, 2014 at 4:29 am

    Hi , im planning to have a whole body mirror outside the toilet and bathroom door, is it good or bad? Thanks!

    • Karen January 12, 2014 at 8:36 pm

      Depends. usually a good one if it is not facing you while you sleep…to be more specific, I’d have to see plans. :) Hope that helps.

  • Prem February 22, 2014 at 5:01 am

    Hi, I am sleeping in the masterbed room which is located in the south west of my house. There is an attached toilet/bath room on the Northern side of my bed room. Inside the toilet and bathroom on the south west corner of the toilet there is a WC. Will this WC will affect my financial issues or will it flush my weatlh. Please advice and pl let me know he remedy.

    • Karen February 24, 2014 at 8:50 am

      Everything affects something…so in order to know for sure, I’d have to find out more about what is going on in your life. Who knows? Maybe you have that perfect balancing something already counterbalancing it…get it?
      In other words, think of me helping people THROUGH their environments. I’d have to know about the people before I knew for sure. Feng shui is all about balancing spaces and making them work for the people who live there…sometimes people intuitively know how to blalance something and they don’t have what one would call as “the classic problem” with that arrangement.

  • Candice April 14, 2014 at 2:29 pm

    Hi Karen! I’ve got a question I can’t quite figure out, my onsite has a toilet shower and basin, the mirror is facing the toilet, and I read that whatever is reflected in the mirror it doubles, so I put money on a board above it (hehe) but I’m not sure if its a good idea because its above the toilet? Maybe if I put a stone on the tank or a plant? The bathroom faces SW not sure if that matters:) love ur advice!:)

    • Karen April 14, 2014 at 5:10 pm

      I don’t usually work with the directions unless I really see the need, but for you I’d say to keep observing the energy reactions to what you do and then you’ll know if it warrants tweaking or not. With the limited info here, I don’t want to give unwarranted advice.

  • Dorothy May 5, 2014 at 12:44 pm

    I follow classical feng shui Xuan Kong Flying stars. If the bathroom is in the SW depending on the stars that you have it can be a good thing as it will symbolically “flush” away the bad influences. Keep the toilet lid down and keep the bathroom sparkling clean and fresh, add some green in either rugs, decor, green plants are excellent. I would not worry that it is in the SW as you don’t enhance bathrooms. It is not good to have a mirror that reflects the toilet as you don’t want to see yourself while using. Place something between the mirror and the toilet such as a plant, statue, vase, etc. The mirror is doubling the water and waste of the toilet. Place a plant on top of the toilet lid if possible that is also good. Hope this helps.

  • Nguyen May 19, 2015 at 11:11 am

    Hi Karen

    If the stair facing the toilet, how can i fix this problem?

    • Karen May 19, 2015 at 2:03 pm

      Who said it’s a problem? the reasons I say that is because I find many people freaking out about bits and pieces of their house and there is no warrant to do so…if you want to disperse energy you might use a crystal between them. If you want to separate them then use red between…or deflect away with a mirror…It really all depends on what your intentions are and what you actually have in the area to figure out which one will actually be able to be used. That is why people hire consultants to come to their houses. :)

  • Jonas Ferdinand May 21, 2015 at 6:22 am

    Hi Karen,

    My staircase leads down to the door of the toilet. What should I do? Since moving in here, my job has been on and off.

  • jamie June 19, 2015 at 11:23 am

    i don’t know anything about feng shui, but i know how a toilet functions. i noticed that you mention wrapping something around the “outgoing” pipe of a toilet, and people who are wrapping things around pipes, and i think there’s some confusion about what the pipes connected to a toilet are doing. there are no visible pipes that connect to the toilet that take the water out of the room. the pipe that you can see going into the toilet is the water supply (brings water INTO the toilet, aka incoming water, not outgoing). some people have a pipe “L” between the tank and the bowl, and this pipe does go out of the tank, but into the bowl. on most modern toilets, however, there’s no pipe there because the tank simply abuts the entry on the bowl. and the way that the water exits the room is through the floor. when you put a toilet in the room, you connect it to a floor flange, which connects the toilet to the outgoing pipes under the floor. when water leaves the toilet, it leaves through the bottom of the toilet, passing through the floor flange and into the pipes that are completely hidden in the floor. the only way to wrap red around the outgoing pipe of a toilet is to get into the crawlspace to do it, but it doesn’t seem people are talking about this.

    • Karen June 22, 2015 at 6:47 am

      Yes, you are right about toilets and their exit ways. I oftentimes spray red around the seal area before the plumber sets the toilet when I get a project that is being built. Here’s what I know about the way the Universe works too…intention plays a bigger role than given credit for. So, even if some wrap the incoming pipes, they have alerted the Universal energies of their intention and have somehow tweaked their energies a bit better than before if nothing else. :) Thanks for your input!

  • Svee July 15, 2015 at 10:02 am

    Hi Karen,
    We live in a split-level house and there is a small 4 feet (across door )by 2.5 feet space between the main door and the scissor staircase. We also have a bathroom in the center of the house sharing a wall with the kitchen stove on the other side. We have heavy expenses and I have lost my job since moving into this house. What can I do to control expenses and improve wealth?

    • Karen July 15, 2015 at 1:03 pm

      Sounds like you need a mirror or two…and perhaps the color red to stop bathroom chi from escaping or even red at bottom of staircase… I have other blog posts that might be more specific for job and such, but for common cures, I’d recommend this audio: as it covers things like when a bathroom and a bedroom (which you can extrapolate to a kitchen or other incongruous room) are back to back and what to do about it.

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