How often do you wash your hands?

posted 3 years ago in Wellness
  • poll: How often do you wash your hands?
    Rarely/Only when I get my hands dirty : (20 votes)
    10 %
    1-2 times a day : (13 votes)
    6 %
    3-5 times a day : (42 votes)
    21 %
    Every time I go to the bathroom : (128 votes)
    63 %
  • Post # 3
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    I believe in germs, too!

    I wash them whenever I go to the bathroom or if I’m about to cook something. If I get something on them then I’ll wash them too. I don’t just go around washing my hands randomly throughout the day though. I avoid hand sanitizer and rarely use it.

    I hardly ever get sick, but I also take some vitamins to help prevent that as well.

    Post # 4
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    3570 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    I probably wash my hands at least 10 times a day, easy.

    Post # 5
    Member
    7098 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2012

    Every time I go to the bathroom and probably 3 or 4 more times while preparing food.

    Post # 6
    Hostess
    15072 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    My husband would tell you I wash them a hundred times a day, but probably really closer to 15. I used to work restaurants so I’m fanatical about after using or going into the bathroom, before and in between touching food, and anytime I touch my face or hair. And I’m really picky about wiping down shopping cart handles, man, those things are disgusting. I also wash my hands after letting my dogs in from the outside or coming home from somewhere. I know it seems like overkill, but I’m sick for the first time in more than ten years and I swear I picked this up from the grocery store, which is the only place I’ve been for the last few weeks and they were out of wipes and I didn’t have any. 

    Post # 7
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    968 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    Every bathroom trip plus before I handle food or if they are obviously dirty. I not a germophobe but also can’t see exposing myself needlessly to random viruses.

    Post # 8
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    11379 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: April 2012

    i wash my hands numerous times a day.  every time i use the washroom (a lot), before i prepare any food, many times while preparing the food, before putting away clean dishes, after sorting dirty laundry, before touching clean laundry, when i get home from being out, etc.

    Post # 9
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: April 2013

    @Ninteenthchance:  I have a very busy toddler, so I find myself washing my hands very often! Definitely after I go to the bathroom, and everytime after I change his diaper.

    Post # 10
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    5295 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: April 2013

    Probably like 20 times a day!! haha!! I’m a germaphobe and I get especially worse this time of year

    Post # 11
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    Every single time I visit the lavatory, whenever I deal with dog poo bags and always when preparing food. I am by no means obsessive about hand washing and I do believe that it is healthier to build a natural immunity to germs. For all that, I don’t believe in encouraging germs to make a cosy home on my hands.

    What I don’t do is use those anti-bacterial soaps and sprays though. Unless you are a surgeon or work in a hospital where unpleasant hsopital borne germs lurk, soap and warm water is just as effective. It’s not as hard on the hands either because I find anti-bac products give me dermatitis if used regularly.

    Post # 12
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    1164 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: April 2014

    I’m a nurse so at work it’s ALL THE TIME. But even on my off days I wash my hands frequently. They are SO dry!

    Post # 13
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    3280 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    At work at a daycare and we have to wash our hands every time we enter or leave the room, change diapers, feed them, wipes noses, clean toys, etc. It easily pushes 20+ times a day. I keep lots of lotion nearby so my hands don’t dry out. We also wash the kids hands probably 10+ times a day and teachers and parents can’t wear shoes inside the infant rooms as they crawl on the floor. 

    Post # 14
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    1249 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: April 2014

    @Ninteenthchance:  there was a similar thread started not too long ago. The point that a lot of people were missing was one should wash hands to avoid the spread of germs (to others, not just oneself).

     

    I couldn’t vote. I am a private nanny and wash my hands over 30 times while at work alone. I am an over-washer, but my circumstances force me to be.

    Edit: I put a VERY important fact in bold as I feel people haven’t stopped to read my post.

    Post # 15
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    10219 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: December 2012

    I VOTED 3 to 5 times a day

    BUT it more for sure.

    Using the Loo is just the beginning…

    Cause like some of the other Bees, I have worked in Food Prep once upon a time (back in HS & College) and having clean hands was DRUMMED into us.

    Mr TTR is a clean fellow for sure, but when he’s in the Kitchen he doesn’t wash his hands nearly as much as I do…

    Which “kind of” bugs me… he thinks I’m crazy tho… Papertowel and everything, lol

    No 2 ways about it I am very picky about food prep, food storage, food safety, dishes, glassware, cutlery etc.

     

    Post # 16
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    525 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2014

    I only ever wash my hands when I get something on them, when I touch someone who clearly is sick, when I go to the washroom and when I need to cook something with my hands.

    Other than that I could care less about washing my hands. I don’t usually ever get sick anymore so I suspect that it may have something to do with the germs I get on my hands and into my sistem.

    I have somehow caught worms twice in my life so my mother always tells me it is because I don’t wash my hands. But once those eggs are under your nails from a non-dewormed puppy playing with you I highly doubt a standard hand washing would prevent it. 

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