(Closed) Why bother "washing" your hands?

posted 5 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
2162 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@adoc86:  I agree!!! There was a thread similar to this recently-I am so grossed out by this. Especially in public restrooms where there are all sorts of different germs mingling…I always use lots of soap and never touch anything. I’ll admit-in my own home, if it’s before bed and I’ve just washed my face, brushed my teeth, and then gone to the bathroom, I don’t give the same soapy scrub with hot water as I do when I’m elsewhere, but I think that’s fairly normal. 

Post # 4
4932 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Yes. I work in a healthcare facility. I can’t tell you how crazy it makes me. People squirt a drop of hand sanitizer on, loosely rub it around and carry on all night. Even in isolation rooms. I’ve seen nurses eating and drinking in MRSA/VRE isolation rooms, in gowns with gloves on. I don’t come near anyone without washing, gloves and I always wash after. Soap and water. ughghgughgg. 

Post # 5
1177 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I can’t use the soap in public restrooms because I’m extremely allergic to the industrial fragrance they put in it. I use hot water, but the soap would give me red welts all up my hands and arms. Many people have these sensitivities.

Post # 7
1784 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Most public restroom here don’t even have soap. =/

Post # 8
11325 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2011

My guess is they are just lazy or never learned to properly do it? I feel like I did read at some point that if you wash your hands under hot water for 30 seconds using soap isn’t strictly necessary in most circumstances— but now I can’t remember where. But yea, I always use soap. Unless the soap dispenser is empty, which drives me crazy bc now i just touched the handle of the soap dispenser which has got to be the germiest thing in the whole room I’d guess! But thats when I pull out this (maybe true?) knowledge to make me feel better and just wash under hot water for a long time lol

Post # 9
93 posts
Worker bee

Nasty. I always wash my hands after i use the restroom. i freak out about germs. Maybenthats why i dont get sick often! 

Post # 10
1357 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

Luckily I work for a start-up and have a little control over what soap we use!

Admittedly, I don’t always wash thoroughly after peeing at home if I’ve otherwise washed recently, but at work is another issue since germs can spread like wildfire and people often don’t wash if not in the bathroom. I would probably make a point to carry some mini hand sanitizer to use in the bathroom if I couldn’t use soap.

Post # 11
491 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

I don’t generally wash my hands after a pee when I’m at home unless I’m about to prepare dinner or something. If I did I’m pretty sure my hands would flake right off from dryness, wih all the coffee I drink. 




Otherwise, I’m aware this is really non-scientific but my length of washing correlates with how grossed out I am with the bathroom. But yeah, people could at least swoosh-swoosh their hands a few times with a bit of soap, even soap from home? Just think of all that poopteria everywhere. 




Post # 12
8576 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

I don’t use public restrooms if I can help it, but the few times I have, there was no soap, or they were out of soap. I do carry a container of santizer in my purse though.

Post # 13
7679 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

OK maybe this is Too Much Information, but… if I get a bit of pee on my hands while wiping, isn’t 3 seconds more than enough time to wash it off?

Post # 15
2497 posts
Buzzing bee

@adoc86:  It seriously bothers me too!

The whole point of washing your hands is to mechanically remove dirt and pathogens (so rub those hands together, boys and girls). And even you used antibacterial soap, it would take longer than a few seconds to chemically disinfect your hands.


Post # 16
2497 posts
Buzzing bee

@paula1248:  Urine is generally pretty sterile. The issue is that many people are in and out of bathrooms, and they touch everything and spread their germs everywhere. If everyone washes their hands like they’re supposed to, then the door handles on the way out would be clean and everyone would be relatively germ-free.

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