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to think that you should WASH YOUR HANDS after going to the loo? ALL of you!

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MsOnatopp Mon 24-Sep-12 23:10:15

The amount of times I am in a public bathroom and women come out of the cubicle, look at themselves in the mirror, touch their hair, and then walk out without washing their hands is ridiculous. At least a quarter. No exaggeration.

Is it just where I live? Does it happen where you are?

There is nothing, NOTHING you could do in a cubicle that does not require hand washing afterwards.

I am seriously tempted every time to chase the woman out and publicly shout 'Ew, please wash your hands. That is so gross' to humiliate them into washing in future. OK, yes that would be BU but so tempting.

I'm sorry, this is more of a rant than an AIBU.

caramelwaffle Mon 24-Sep-12 23:12:05


This is one of my pet peeves as well.

WelshMaenad Mon 24-Sep-12 23:12:41

I wash my hands! I confess, I often dry my hands in my jeans though. I've got so into the habit of not using hand dryers (dd is petrified of them) that I do it even when alone!

TimothyTumblespring Mon 24-Sep-12 23:12:54

I have occasionally had the misfortune to visit public conveniences where using the hand washing facilities would likely increase the number of germs on my hands, rather than reduce them. Then, and only then would I not wash my hands. Naice places like John Lewis toilets etc, I would always wash.

QueenStromba Mon 24-Sep-12 23:14:32

You wash your hands after snorting cocaine?

MsOnatopp Mon 24-Sep-12 23:15:46

Queen, I don't personally snort cocaine but even then, yes, wash!! Wash wash wash!!

dikkertjedap Mon 24-Sep-12 23:16:35

Totally agree. And wash them properly with soap for 15 seconds and make the kids and everybody else (especially medical staff) wash their hands as well.

We seem to have forgotten a lot about basic hygiene as observed by our grandparents and great-grandparents.

theluckiest Mon 24-Sep-12 23:17:10

Hmm, yes I do agree YANBU although I confess I used to be one of those disgusting non-hand washers. Admittedly only when I was in the loo for a non-productive reason (adjusting pants or tights for example).

Then it dawned that even without 'doing' anything I had touched the handle of a door that some revolting poo-touching, bogey wiping miscreant may have touched and I since scrub my hands every time.

Still wipe them on jeans though. Filthy.

MrsTerrysChocolateOrange Mon 24-Sep-12 23:17:16

I always wash. I have a new test for DH as well. When we go to a hotel he always goes to the loo, then comes out, I go in and lo and behold, the soap is still wrapped. Dirty boy.

kittyandthegoldenfontanelles Mon 24-Sep-12 23:19:03

Please tell my in-laws this. Shudder. Maybe they will listen to you.

BonnieBumble Mon 24-Sep-12 23:19:17

I always always wash my hands but only dry them if there is a hand drier.

I have no idea what other people do and I'm surprised that people have the time or inclination to examine other peoples habits!

LadyWidmerpool Mon 24-Sep-12 23:23:12

For goodness' sake, how on earth do you know how often your great grandparents washed their hands?

allthefun Mon 24-Sep-12 23:23:16

YANBU. My friend never washes hers.
It is grim when she visits as you can hear everything in our downstairs loo including the taps running. Unfortunately it never happens when she uses it and I can't help but look at her dry hands and wince.
Especially when I get a big hug straight after.... Bleaughh

What can you say though. Some people agree with the idea but in their heads it just doesn't apply to them.

BonnieBumble Mon 24-Sep-12 23:23:23

MsOnatopp, I'm not sure that is right. I find that on the whole the older generation are more lax when it comes to hygiene.

121prob Mon 24-Sep-12 23:25:32

YADNBU, I hate this, I often wish I could whip a mega phone out of my bag to point the dirty beggars out. It is quite surprising who does and doesn't wash hands looks are deceiving on the hand washing front

I also take out extra loo roll to open the door with.

MsOnatopp Mon 24-Sep-12 23:25:38

Eh? I didn't say anything about grandparents. I am not sure I agree with that either.

GoldShip Mon 24-Sep-12 23:26:07

I wash my hands properly every time (being a carer im mad about infection control) takes about 30-40 seconds. It pisses me off though because you're then touching a manky door handle or something so it doesn't really matter does it.

Who bites their nails? Don't if you're so bothered about hand washing....

Nanny0gg Mon 24-Sep-12 23:27:21

Vile though it is I don't remember my parents washing their hands after using the loo.
And what was worse, we had a separate loo and bathroom so washing hands meant transporting germs anyway!

But then those were the days of the once-a-week bath whether you needed it or not!

HSMM Mon 24-Sep-12 23:28:38

Perhaps they have hand gel in their handbag? I just scrub mine under the tap and use gel, because my skin reacts to so many brands of soap.

Inneedofbrandy Mon 24-Sep-12 23:28:48


I also take extra tissue to pull flush and more to open door.

MsOnatopp Mon 24-Sep-12 23:29:55

Maybe HSMM but I am talking about the type of person to touch their hair after loo using. Not convinced...

usualsuspect3 Mon 24-Sep-12 23:30:44

Sorry mum.

usualsuspect3 Mon 24-Sep-12 23:31:44

Who made you hand washing monitor anyway?

BigFatLegsInWoolyTIghts Mon 24-Sep-12 23:33:25


And can I hijack to ask why people HAVE TO USE the horrid loud handryer.

Softlysoftly Mon 24-Sep-12 23:36:58

We had random testing at work to give bacteria levels on hands (food factory), you made damn sure you washed because who wants to be the one with poo hands?

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