(Closed) "No soap… disgusting!"

posted 7 years ago in Wellness
  • poll: What are your hand-washing habits?
    I wash my hands, with soap, every single time I use the bathroom. : (260 votes)
    42 %
    I use soap sometimes, but not all the time. : (151 votes)
    24 %
    I only use soap when I actually get something on my hands. : (62 votes)
    10 %
    I don't wash my hands. : (19 votes)
    3 %
    I openly judge people who don't use soap/wash their hands. : (108 votes)
    17 %
    Kittens lick their paws, so why can't that be enough? : (23 votes)
    4 %
  • Post # 62
    Member
    750 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: December 2014

    This actually makes me nauseous. There are germs everywhere….In my humble opinion, you should’ve used soap. Every time. 

    Seriously, I have patients who are positive for everything under the sun. In the hospital, they’re in isolation- anyone who comes in contact with them is gloved up, gowned up, wearing a mask, etc. When discharged, many of these people have the same conditions- and walk around, living their lives, like everyone else. They touch stall doors and use public laundromats and may or may not wash their hands. Do you really want those germs- the germs we take such precautions to avoid- on your body, giving you MRSA or C. diff or passing it along to a member of your family with a worse immune system than you, like a baby or your grandparent? 

    Post # 63
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    10363 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2010

    I’m a microbiologist.

    For real, you need to wash your hands after you use the bathroom. That’s really disgusting that you don’t. It’s a public health issue.

    Post # 64
    Member
    1848 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: April 2015

    I’m a healthcare provider so it’s soap on the hands every single time.

    Post # 65
    Member
    2424 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    For all you bees that say you wash your hands before you eat, there are SO many other times that you can get germs etc into your system! If you rub your eyes when they are tired from staring at the computer screen, if you have a tiny cut that isn’t visible, touching your lips when you are not paying attention, etc. Washing your hands often is the best way to prevent getting sick, end of story. Even if you don’t usually get sick, when a big flu goes around, these are the things that help prevent it from spreading.

    I am by no means a germaphobe (quite the opposite in fact) but I just don’t think there is explaining away not washing hands frequently or every time you go in a restroom.

    Post # 66
    Member
    8470 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: July 2012

    No offense, but I’d probably have said the same thing!  Unless there was NO soap at all, there’s no excuse.  Gross habits belong behind closed doors where no one else can see you doing it (or lack thereof).

    Post # 67
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    4854 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    Sorry, but I find it gross when people don’t wash their hands too. I follow the same hand washing protocol out in the world that I do at work. Even if nothing happened in the bathroom, it’s a good idea to be washing your hands at some point during the day to prevent the spread of nasties. This is a good time to freshen up even if you didn’t pee all over your hands. We touch our mouths and faces all day, afer touching doorknobs, elevator buttone etc etc. Why not take a min to wash up? 

    I worked in a grocery store… and people would make ungodly noises in the bathroom and 80% of people did not wash their hands with soap. Then they would go and touch all the fruits and veggies. This is why I am in favour of social stigma when it comes to hand washing. 

    Post # 68
    Member
    504 posts
    Busy bee

    I always use soap. I wouldn’t have said anything to you out loud but people like you are the reason I use the paper towels I use to dry my hands to open the door as a leave.

    Post # 69
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    3625 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    I am super crazy “OCD” about handwashing. I do it with soap every time regardless of what I touched and what I did in there. This applies to what I do at home and out. We actually go through a ton of handsoap at home because I even wash my hands between different steps in my morning routine (e.g. after makeup or after hair treatment). When I’m out (including at work), I use the papertowel to open all the door handles from the bathroom.

    On top of this, I also keep a bottle of hand sanitizer in my car and I almost always use it every time I get in the car from anywhere aside from my house. So when I pump gas, I disinfect. When I go to the mall, I disinfect. Before I eat in my car, I disinfect. If we are eating out in a restaurant and I may be using my hands, I’ll disinfect after I hand the menu back to the server. Sometimes, when the menu is sticky, I’ll disinfect even if I’m using utensils. I hate the feeling of being sticky.

    Knock on wood, but I rarely get sick compared to a lot of people I know. For example, in my department, I’m the only one who hasn’t gotten sick in over a year. I’m hoping to not jinx myself now!

    Post # 70
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    7899 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

    Usually, I was with soap, especially in public, though so many soaps nauseate me. At home, since I am very pregnant right now, I often ddon’t wash with soap because I am in the bathroom every 5 minutes sometimes…. Seriously, especially at night, and it was really drying out my skin.

    Post # 71
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    7899 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

    Also, I read somewhere credible a long time ago that the thing that really kills the germs is the friction of washing your hands more so that the soap, but that soap helps and also causes people to spend more time washing their hands… Any health care or microbio ppl able to comment on that?

    Post # 72
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    4099 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    I actually clicked 2 of the answers… First: When I am at work I ALWAYS ALWAYS ALWAYS use soap and water, than Purell when I get back to my desk (because I KNOW the girl who sits down the row from me NEVER washes her hands *bleh!*).. Second: When I am at home, I rarely wash my hands uness I touch something yucky in the bathroom…But ALWAYS when I am getting ready to cook… *shrug*

    Post # 73
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    5107 posts
    Bee Keeper

    That is so weird that she would say that to you! I don’t use soap hardly ever outside of work. I work in healthcare so I am washing my hands so much at work that I almost never do unless absolutely necessary outside of work. My hands would flake up and dry off if I did!!!

    Post # 74
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    5107 posts
    Bee Keeper

    @mrsSonthebeach:  Yeah my microbiology teacher says the same thing. She preaches not to use antibacterial soap unless you have immunocompromised people in the home too

    Post # 75
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    3552 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: August 2014

    @mrsSonthebeach:  in college we did a lab with this lotion stuff that fluoresces under black light to test different hand wahing methods. Just rinsing didn’t do much, but rubbing with or with out soap was much more effective. I think the soap was slightly more effective than rubbing alone, but the rubbing underwater did remove the majority.

    Post # 76
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    4369 posts
    Honey bee

    I always use soap. It’s a courtesy to others around you to deter the spread of germs. I would totally give the stink eye who didn’t use soap in a public bathroom. 

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