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To wash my hands after I empty the kitchen bin? And after I put the dustbin out?

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Binresearchin Wed 23-Jan-13 17:44:52

Am I being unreasonable to wash my hands:

1. After I empty the kitchen bin (and put the bag in the dustbin)?
2. After I put the dustbin out ready for the bin men?

Do you wash your hands or just get on with whatever you are doing next?

neighbourhoodwitch Wed 23-Jan-13 17:45:39

Absolutely I wash my hands.

AppleOgies Wed 23-Jan-13 17:48:37

Of course YANBU. You should be washing your hands!

Elesbe Wed 23-Jan-13 17:49:20

Who wouldn't?

fifitrixibell Wed 23-Jan-13 17:49:23


I wash my hands whenever I do anything remotely contaminating - but I am an ex nurse so probably a bit OCD about it grin

CiderwithBuda Wed 23-Jan-13 17:49:33

Of course you wash your hands. YANBU.

marquesas Wed 23-Jan-13 17:49:56

I'd only wash if something messy from the bin had got on my hands. If you're too precious about hand washing you'd never get anything done if yuu're looking after children and a house all day.

LetsKateWin Wed 23-Jan-13 17:51:05

Do you really need to ask?

StuntGirl Wed 23-Jan-13 17:52:14

Every time.

Ishtar2410 Wed 23-Jan-13 17:52:16


The thought of anyone not washing hands after doing the bins has made me feel a bit queasy.

Booyhoo Wed 23-Jan-13 17:53:04

i always wash my hands after both. especially the outside bin- bleugh!

Passthesaltdear Wed 23-Jan-13 17:53:24

God people really do ask some bilge on here!

EugenesAxe Wed 23-Jan-13 17:54:18

Uurgh no! I am pretty casual about germs in most cases, but even I wash my hands after doing those jobs. Especially as the bin invariably contains several nappies <bleurgh>.


LineRunner Wed 23-Jan-13 17:54:30

I would wash my hands after handling bilge.

PenguinBear Wed 23-Jan-13 17:58:43

YANBU, anyone who doesn't has awful hygiene standards!

ResolutelyCheeky Wed 23-Jan-13 17:59:05

No-one spotted the op's name then?

BoringSchoolChoiceNickname Wed 23-Jan-13 17:59:29

Yes of course, and after feeding the cats, and I am very far from OCD.

squeakytoy Wed 23-Jan-13 18:05:40

My waste bin does not contain contaminated waste, it usually has cigarette ends, bits of food waste, and empty packaging.. I am hardly going to contract a fatal disease if I dont sterilise myself after carrying the bag that it is in to the bin.. confused.. and I usually dump it into the bin on my way out of the door, so I am not likely to dash back inside to wash my hands either.

Binresearchin Wed 23-Jan-13 18:23:54

Thanks everyone! Been told it was odd to wash my hands after this so thought I'd get clarification on here. I feel right now haha!

maddening Wed 23-Jan-13 18:48:49

Of course you wash your hands!

My bin's clean - I bleach it and wash it out with boiling water regularly but I would always wash my hands.

Fakebook Wed 23-Jan-13 19:05:36

Yes. Definitely wash hands each time. Also after brushing my hair, or wiping my nose, especially if I'm going to cook afterwards.

Twattybollocks Wed 23-Jan-13 22:27:40

Definitely. Bins are full of rubbish, contaminated with food that has been breeding bacteria at room temp. Outside bin is worse because of flies etc, although they would need to be fairly hardy in this weather I grant you.
I'd rather skip washing my hands after changing a nappy than emptying the bins!

WhateverTrevor Wed 23-Jan-13 22:30:45

I don't have a bin, just use a bag each day and chuck it, but yes I wash my hands after putting it in the bin outside.

SoleSource Wed 23-Jan-13 22:33:04

Of course!!!

sukysue Wed 23-Jan-13 22:33:15

Wash em all the time even after I have stroked the cats.

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