Post # 1
Imagine that everything in your home related to food is sticky. Countertops, cabinets, the handles of the refrigerator, oven and dishwasher, the faucet and faucet handle, the door to the pantry, everything inside the refrigerator, containers and bags containing food, and even the floor. Basically, there’s not really anything that isn’t sticky, and it’s all because the person who deals with the sticky foods (or the foods that may spill) doesn’t wash their hands before touching anything else, doesn’t clean up after working with the food, and doesn’t take measures to make sure that fluids from foods don’t leak all over the place.
This leads to this inevitable exchange: “I can’t stand that everything I touch is sticky!” “So wash your hands!” “No, you should wash your hands before you touch anything else” “Just suck it up”.
So… what to do? C doesn’t believe me that normal people don’t live this way, so I’m coming to you. Should the person creating the stickiness clean up and wash their hands before touching anything else, or should the person complaining about the stickiness clean up and wash their hands after touching everything? Which one of us is right?
Post # 3
@hope1275: I always believe in dealing with the ROOT of the problem rather than putting a band-aid on it.
The root of the problem is the person creating the sticky situation in the first place. The band-aid would be the washing of your hands after touching something already sticky.
I HATE when counters, floors, etc are sticky. It just is gross.
ETA: I don’t know how to vote in your poll. I want to say, the person creating the stickiness should take measures to make sure they no longer create stickiness. But I’m not sure which way I’m supposed to vote for that.
Post # 4
Hahaha – YES. Please wash the sticky hands FIRST. Then nothing will be sticky!
Post # 5
has ur FH been cooking? thats what happends when FH cooks!
Post # 6
@jenandchris: That would definitely make the most sense! 🙂
Post # 7
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Yeah that sounds gross. If he’s not washing before and after handling food.. well, he needs a basic hygiene class.
Post # 8
Wash the sticky before touching everything!! What if it were juice from raw chicken? Then your problem is much larger then sticky handles and counter tops.
Post # 9
D’oh, I voted wrong. I think the person who is creating the stickiness should clean up after him/herself. Not only is it GROSS, but imagine the potential germs that are growing on everything because of the food juice.
Post # 10
That’s just gross! Our old roommate did that and we had to take shifts cleaning up after her. That’s no way to live.
Post # 11
sticky stuff usually means there is sugar in it. Sugar around the kitchen= ants and other pests. Sounds like he is just being really lazy. It would drive me absolutely insane if I were you.
Post # 12
Ummm does this even need to be a question? Haha my man would have his ass handed to him if my house was sticky because he couldn’t stop being a five year old and wash his hands! At first I thought you might have been talking about a child spreading all this stickiness! lol. Talk about attracting bugs and mice. Thank goodness it’s getting to be winter or you’d also have a kitchen full of ants.
I think mister sticky hands needs to learn some proper kitchen ettiqute….we are after all not in kindergarten class eating sugar paste from the art projects…right? haha.
Post # 13
Oh, I could never handle that. Besides welcoming any pests that may be looking for a treat, he’s also providing a breeding ground for any bacteria in the food he prepared. Not a good situation for everyone’s health. I can’t believe he thinks that’s normal… I bet his mother would tell you that’s not normal. I think everyone pretty much agrees that he should clean his stickiness, but your poll question is a little confusing.
Post # 14
Living together means you have to make accommodations for how others want to live. Someone living alone could have everything be sticky, but if there are other parties involved the question is not “is it wrong to have a sticky kitchen?” but “can we all live harmoniously with a sticky kitchen, and if not, is it too much to ask to take measures to avoid it?” I hope you are able to talk about your shared expectations for living together and can find a way to make it work. I wouldn’t want sticky everything either! The best way to get rid of the stickiness problem is to make sure the person handling sticky things washes their hands and the countertops afterward. Maybe you can institute a daily kitchen-cleaning schedule (wipe down surfaces, etc.) to combat this?
Post # 15
I deffinately think that Mr. Sticky should wash his hands. Honeslty how hard is it to wash your hands.
Post # 16
Bottom line is you need to maintain a sanitary environment in the kitchen since that is where you prepare food. I know it’s a pain while cooking to contantly wash up before grabbing something else, but you have to do it or else everything gets.. sticky.
What you can do as a compromise is make it easy for him to wash up more often by making sure there is decent pump soap by the sink and a clean tea towel at all times and paper towels to dry off. Luckily I don’t have to deal with this since my DH is the other extreme, ADHD OCD super clean/neat, but this is how I approach other issues where he needs to adjust his habits, I make it easy for him and fun if possible. Also, once he experiences what a clean kitchen is like I doubt he will ever go back to being mr. sticky man.