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OMG! Wash Your Hands!

weather: cloudy
outside: 17.1°C
mood: disgusted
I've heard of guys not washing their hands after using the washroom, but today... >K{

There was a lady in one of the stalls as I was walking into the washroom. She wasn't a co-worker, just someone who worked in one of the other office suites on the same floor. I know my co-workers' feet and I didn't recognize hers.

She's peeing and finishes up as I'm sitting down.

She beelines towards the door, completely bypassing the sink.


I get out and WASH MY HANDS. Hospital Rules. Every knuckle. Up to my elbows. With extra soap. And rinse extra long. With the tap turned all the way to the hot side for extra disinfecting. And scrub my hands with paper towel extra hard, just to be sure. Then, I grabbed a wad of paper towels with me to protect me from the two door handles that she would have touched.




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May. 12th, 2005 02:58 am (UTC)
Actually, I almost never wash my hands in public bathrooms. I have severe allergies to lavender and don't always know what's in the soap. Plus, I think it's gross to touch the taps that other people turned on with their "I just peed!" hands. So I carry around massive amounts of waterless hand sanitizer and use that.

May. 12th, 2005 03:22 am (UTC)
Aigh... yeah, I can understand that. What about using paper towel to turn on the tap and rinse?

Because hand sanitizers were never meant to be a substitute for soap and water. The manufacturers even say so themselves. I'm not sure if they say it a) loud/often enough and b) in large enough print.
(no subject) - tinyflamingo - May. 12th, 2005 01:13 pm (UTC) - Expand
(no subject) - bride - May. 12th, 2005 04:27 pm (UTC) - Expand
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May. 12th, 2005 02:59 am (UTC)
May. 12th, 2005 03:25 am (UTC)
You should never, ever have to grasp a door handle to exit a public bathroom.

I usually grab the door handle by a less likely to be touched area (above or below the main handle), but I think I'll be paper towelling it from now on. Ick.
I usually use my foot. - chenpion - May. 12th, 2005 05:15 am (UTC) - Expand
Re: I usually use my foot. - bride - May. 12th, 2005 05:24 am (UTC) - Expand
Re: I usually use my foot. - sertrel - May. 12th, 2005 05:52 am (UTC) - Expand
Re: I usually use my foot. - bride - May. 12th, 2005 06:29 am (UTC) - Expand
Re: I usually use my foot. - sertrel - May. 12th, 2005 07:33 am (UTC) - Expand
May. 12th, 2005 03:10 am (UTC)
C'mon, I've got you so totally beat... :P
May. 12th, 2005 03:16 am (UTC)
Yeah, you do, too. >K{
May. 12th, 2005 03:19 am (UTC)
To the elbow....

Just how messy are you? :D
May. 12th, 2005 03:26 am (UTC)
Shaddap. It's the principle of it. =D
May. 12th, 2005 03:47 am (UTC)
i wash my hands right when i get home too. if i don't i feel like i'm spreading germs all around the house.
May. 12th, 2005 03:48 am (UTC)
oh, and i really like it when restrooms use foamy soap. they're just so much more fun to use.
May. 12th, 2005 04:18 am (UTC)
'K, but don't use the hot water every time, and don't scrub too hard with the paper towel every time. If you break down the skin on your hands you'll carry microbes easier, have a harder time washing them off, and they'll get under your skin easier too. And increase chances of developing a latex allergy, but that's probably not a problem for you, unless you spend more time with latex than I want to know about. :)

- resident expert handscrubber.
May. 12th, 2005 04:23 am (UTC)
No, I don't do that every time. Only when I'm grossed out and getting carried away XD XD
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May. 12th, 2005 05:36 am (UTC)
Urine in your bladder and fresh urine is mostly sterile. From what I understand, there are still traces of bacteria. Urine can also come into contact with the germs on your skin and vaginal bacteria.

Also, I always wipe after I pee, but apparently some people don't. I can believe that those who don't wipe may not get their hands anywhere near germy things, but those who do, really ought to be washing their hands.

And I have no way of telling who wipes and who doesn't.
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Um, well... - chenpion - May. 12th, 2005 07:44 am (UTC) - Expand
May. 12th, 2005 05:49 am (UTC)
I don't get it. What's wrong with that?

Ben (http://concept.blogspot.com)
May. 12th, 2005 06:30 am (UTC)
*twitch* ... Nothing... =\
May. 12th, 2005 06:41 am (UTC)
i always wash my hands, religously almost. I also wash them before I'm going to eat. And after.
Oh, and in my work I have to shake lots of hands, and it's not like that I run off immediately after the handshake, but I try to wash my hands after that mostly too (at least before having dinner, or before having to go to the bathroom...).
May. 12th, 2005 08:24 am (UTC)
but girls don't have to handle their bits while weeing or drying.

However, my toilet issue is with using those hot air dryers. I refuse to use those, because all they do is suck in stinky toilet air, heat it up, then blow it onto your clean hands :O

As for holding a part of the handle that no one else uses... I'm sure other people think that too, so it's all been touched!

In the end, deal with it. Really, the stressing about it will do more harm to your immune system than the germs themselves :P
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May. 12th, 2005 12:24 pm (UTC)
I think this may be a mother thing, because by the time you've changed and washed ten thousand nappies nothing much is gross anymore, but it really doesn't worry much. I mean, yeah, if I touch a cubicle door handle and it's, erm, wet I'll do the big OCD-style washup, but otherwise I'll see someone not-wash, think a passing "ick", and shrug my shoulders...
May. 12th, 2005 01:12 pm (UTC)
I'm with you on the ewww factor of this. While I understand the idea behind people claiming that the soap in washrooms is nasty, the ones that I hear say that almost never take the trouble to carry their own liquid soap, a simple and easy precaution my mother has indulged in for decades.

I take every opportunity to wash my hands at home and at the office as a habit ... and I'm sure it is what saves me from the colds my coworkers and fellow building dwellers are constantly fighting.

I have a feeling that the surface of the microphone in my telephone as virilent as the bathroom soap dish or handle on the toilet. Maybe I'll switch to headphones.

May. 13th, 2005 12:34 am (UTC)
I flush with my foot on public toilets. And yes, I avoid those old fashioned telly-foon things. =P
May. 12th, 2005 07:56 pm (UTC)
great topic!

while i was going to cosmetology school and mind you we were all taught about sanitation, i was surprised to see the exactly same thing....cosmos (hair dressers) going to the restroom and not washing their hands. it's so unsanitary.

everytime i go to the restroom here at work, i use a napkin to let myself out and if i'm going to the breakroom, i keep the napkin in hand to open that door too and maybe the refrigerator too cause girl....there is so much bacteria out there. some bacteria is good but for the most part, it's bad.
May. 13th, 2005 12:38 am (UTC)
Well, hairdressers are washing peoples' hair all day, right? So, that might be okay... -ish?

But general cleanliness is a good idea anyway.
May. 13th, 2005 01:44 am (UTC)
This has always bugged me too. I guess it makes sense - I grew up within a culture that differentiated between "clean" and "unclean" things in a religious and philosophical sense, around medical personnel (a nurse and doctors) and food industry rules. What most people do on a daily basis they would be appalled about in either of those industries.

I look at it this way. Regardless of whether or not I get anything on my hands after using the restroom, it's an opportunity to wash off any germs that I may have picked up and be passing on during the day. I would hope that others would do the same out of courtesy, since washing your hands DOES have some positive effects on controlling the spread of colds, the flu and other diseases in the workplace. It might lessen the chance that I'll be spending my vacation being sick from something I picked up from my co-workers.
May. 13th, 2005 02:05 am (UTC)
May. 13th, 2005 04:30 pm (UTC)
That is just gross. I do not understand how anyone can NOT wash their hands after using the bathroom.

I am always amazed at the women I see in the bathroom who come out of the stall, fix their hair and makeup and only THEN do they wash their hands!

We were out with some of my husband's coworkers one Christmas and one guy had to use the restroom while waiting in line for the buffet. His girlfriend asked him if he washed his hands. He replied "I didn't pee on my hands" thinking he was clever. I pointed out that urine is essentially sterile. It is only when it hits the skin and the air that it picks up bacteria. I told him that the "body organ" that he had touched was much more contaminated with bacteria than his urine. Being the moron that he is, he made a point of touching all of the handles on ALL of the serving utensils. I had my husband fill our plates (while I held them) and then my husband went to the bathroom to wash before he ate! My comment later was "what can you expect from a bunch of drunks?" My husband was not happy with my comment, but hey, if the shoe (or should I say beer pitcher) fits?
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