Post # 1
Seriously, why do some people bother to go through the motions if they aren’t going to really wash their hands?
I was just in one of our office restrooms and a lady literally put her hands under the water for MAYBE 3 seconds. No soap. Dried her hands and left. I don’t understand this. Does it make you feel like you accomplished something even though you didn’t follow through in actually cleaning your hands? Why bother? Why not just walk right out? I know when people walk right out I think “ew” but I pretty much think the same thing when you ‘fake wash’ too. THAT is why I open the door with a paper towel
Post # 3
@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
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
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 # 6
@geekspice: I have extremely sensitve skin and break out almost instantly with most lotions. You brought up a good point that I hadn’t thought of. I wouldn’t use that soap either if my skin reacted the way it does to lotion. In those cases its understandable, but if its because someone is simply being lazy then no, that is not okay. Haha 🙂 I do think a lot of times the latter is the case, though.
I still find it weird that someone would bother to rinse their hands so briefly with just water. I don’t know what the point of a 5 second rinse is – maybe it just psychologically makes someone feel better about it?
Post # 7
Most public restroom here don’t even have soap. =/
Post # 8
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
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
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
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
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
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 # 14
@paula1248: pee is pretty much harmless!
Post # 15
@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
@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.