Am I the only one who washes their hands after using the Bathroom??

Do you wash your hands after using the Bathroom?


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todd2000

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Nov 14, 2005
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What is with this. I notice that the majority of the time when im in a public restroom everyone just leaves after the've done their business, and doesn't wash their hands. Now im not OC or anything, but I think it's just kinda disgusting. Then theres the poeple who just rinse them off, which is better then nothing, but I like soap. I don't wash my hands every 2 min, but I do try to wash them if I touch anything dirty, and especially after using the BR. Am I the only one who does? Does eveyone here wash their hands?
 

iHotu

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Apr 1, 2006
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I wash, then try like hell not to touch the door handle when leaving.

I find most people at least rinse, unless they are drunk, then who cares.
 

opik

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Oct 25, 2005
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i always wash my hands and then even use a paper towel to use the door handle..many ppl are just disgusting

many times i even caught the store employees not washing their hands :eek: eeew!
 

ham_man

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Jan 21, 2005
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Home and I just a rinse.

Anywhere else and I scrub like nobody's bidness.
 

dukebound85

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Jul 17, 2005
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clayj said:
I use a hybrid rule.

If I am in my condo, I don't necessarily wash my hands.

If I am anywhere else, I do.

Haha yea, cuz my germs aren't gonna hurt me! And vouching for my germs....they wont bother you either lol

Have any of you heard seinfeld's take on the spring loaded faucets at airports? It's so funny. Just thought I'd bring it up
 

devilot

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May 1, 2005
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Home- rinse.
Elsewhere- soap...

Tips for minimizing the after-washing-contamination?

If paper towels come out of a dispenser that requires you to touch some sort of lever, do so before you start to wash. Wash, towel dry, then use that towel to hold open the door.

There's almost always a trash bin by the door you can toss the used paper towel into. :)
 

EricNau

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Apr 27, 2005
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devilot said:
Tips for minimizing the after-washing-contamination?

If paper towels come out of a dispenser that requires you to touch some sort of lever, do so before you start to wash. Wash, towel dry, then use that towel to hold open the door.

There's almost always a trash bin by the door you can toss the used paper towel into. :)
Very good advise.

Also, if you are in a populated bathroom (i.e. if you dispense the paper towels prior to washing someone else will take them) you can usually use the side of your arm to pull the lever. Having a dirty arm isn't nearly as bad as having a dirty hand.
 

iShane

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Jan 7, 2006
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Ahh. I always always always wash my hands. I accidently voted no because i thought the question was "Am I the only one who washes thier hands after using the bathroom" and that would be a no because I do. Oh well.
 

spicyapple

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Jul 20, 2006
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My hands don't touch "down there" and if they do, it's not necessarily any more dangerous than a public door knob.

Of course, if you're a cook or service person, than yeah, it be mandatory to wash after using the washroom.
 

devilot

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May 1, 2005
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EricNau said:
Having a dirty arm isn't nearly as bad as having a dirty hand.
Mm hmm. *vigorous nodding* We could be hand-washing buddies! Haha, what else works is if you use the arm-part of a jacket or something to open the door.

Plus, I try to always have a hand sanitizer bottle handy in case a bathroom doesn't have soap or whatever. :eek:
 

it5five

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May 31, 2006
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I always wash my hands, and I thought everyone else did? Whoever doesn't is really gross. Someone of you seriously only rinse after you poop? Ew.
 

EricNau

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Apr 27, 2005
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devilot said:
Mm hmm. *vigorous nodding* We could be hand-washing buddies! Haha, what else works is if you use the arm-part of a jacket or something to open the door.
I do that also.

Another trick for opening the door is if it opens out, use your back (this will seem painfully obvious to some, but others still use their hands when they don't have to).

...but here's my favorite: Let someone else do it! :D

Plus, I try to always have a hand sanitizer bottle handy in case a bathroom doesn't have soap or whatever. :eek:
Yes, another must! :)
 

katie ta achoo

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May 2, 2005
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I wash with soap. I have a thing about my hands... if I touch anything within 10 square feet of a toilet, I have to wash them.

I wash with soap and then lotion my hands.. otherwise they dry out. No one will hire a hand model with dry skin. :)
 

devilot

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EricNau said:
Another trick for opening the door is if it opens out, use your back...
;) I'll one up you... I use my feet! I'll slowly ease the door open in case someone else is standing outside. :p
 

EricNau

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devilot said:
;) I'll one up you... I use my feet! I'll slowly ease the door open in case someone else is standing outside. :p
OK, you win. (That's a great idea BTW) ...Only I'll probably kick the door open; I don't care about other people. :eek: :D


I absolutely love the bathroom at my airport. Everything is automatic; the toilets, the faucets, and even the soap and paper towel dispensers. Plus, like most large restrooms there isn't a door, just a long, winding entrance so people outside can't see in. After washing my hands at that place I feel ready to perform surgery. :D
 

emw

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Aug 2, 2004
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devilot said:
;) I'll one up you... I use my feet! I'll slowly ease the door open in case someone else is standing outside. :p
I just wait until somebody else opens the door so I don't have to risk contamination. I just have to make sure I'm not the last one in the bathroom.

Oh, and I wash with soap at home as well, especially to set a good example for the kids.
 

dbhays

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Jun 12, 2005
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Salinas, CA
Always wash with soap. I do the door things too - jacket, paper towel, foot, and back - depending on the circumstances. What I hate are the restrooms that have no papertowels on only an air dryer that you have to pull the lever to get started. Sometimes even the elbow won't do it. In those cases, I just leave with wet hands and dry them off on my pants or find a napkin somewhere.