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Washing Hands - do you always?

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Earlybird Tue 02-Aug-05 13:22:06

Do you wash your hands after you go to the loo? I am amazed at the number of people who exit public bathrooms without stopping to wash....even in restaurants! Particularly aware of this, as have been teaching this lesson to dd. She doesn't hesitate to loudly announce "that lady didn't wash her hands" whenever it occurs!

fqueenzebra Tue 02-Aug-05 13:23:20

(shadowing you) -- I know what you mean. Plus the number of people who don't even try to flush either, blech!!!!

ruty Tue 02-Aug-05 19:03:32

Maybe i overwash my hands - before eating, after changing nappies, after hoovering and cleaning. But cannot understand why people don't wash after going to the loo - baffling.

Socci Tue 02-Aug-05 19:10:28

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Hulababy Tue 02-Aug-05 19:12:02

I always clean my hands, although if the toilet is busy not always in the sinks there. I sometimes will use DD's wet wipes, or I have a hand cleansing gel thing that I carry in my handbag.

nutcracker Tue 02-Aug-05 19:13:13

Yes we do, Dd2 gets hysterical if we can't too.

Libb Tue 02-Aug-05 19:13:53

Ruty, I am like you - after the loo, when preparing meat/raw eggs, changing nappies, cleaning with bleach etc. and other times as it seems appropriate.

At work I have to handle a lot of driving licences and some of them are just awful! I have been known to wash my hands after some . . .

lilaclotus Tue 02-Aug-05 19:15:16

i wash my hands every time i have been to the loo, touched the bin, stroked the cat, before handling food etc. bit OTT really and i have DD who is just the same. she hates feeling the slightest bit dirty.

helsi Tue 02-Aug-05 19:17:44

I really don't think that many people will admit to not washing their hands on here judging by what's been said already - they'd be too ashamed.

I DO by the way!!

daisy1999 Tue 02-Aug-05 19:34:24

mainly men don't wash!!!
There was a study once about salted nuts on a bar in a pub - very high urine content!!!

helsi Tue 02-Aug-05 19:36:03

daisy1999 - there was also a study done on the imperial mints left out for people at the tills in restaurants - might as well lick te toilet bowl.

daisy1999 Tue 02-Aug-05 19:39:20

I probably think too much but you come out of the loo, turn on the tap with your germy hands, wash your hands and then touch the germy tap!! I reassure myself by the fact that I've survived this long so it must be ok.

ruty Tue 02-Aug-05 19:40:52

i never touch those mints! and also wash if i touch anyone's pets and after taouching the doorknob in the doctor's surgery...oh dear, TMI...

ruty Tue 02-Aug-05 19:41:47

as my ds crawls all over floors i should really not bother...

daisy1999 Tue 02-Aug-05 19:43:53

according to those in the know we are all too clean these days and this is having a negative affect on childrens immunity as they are not coming in contact with enough germs.
I always let mine lick the bowl, keeps the toilet sparkling!!!

ruty Tue 02-Aug-05 19:45:44

yes that had occurred to me daisy. that's why i'm trying to be more relaxed. I have to stop myself reaching for the soap all the time!

daisy1999 Tue 02-Aug-05 19:49:31

before having children I was paranoid about public loos - I went all day at work without weeing if possible and would never entertain a number 2!!
If I did have to go I would "hover" and never sat on a toilet seat. Then the children were potty trained and horror of horrors they not only sat on the toilet seat when we were out but grabbed onto it with their hands!!!!
I had to relax a little or I would have had a nervous breakdown.

ruty Tue 02-Aug-05 19:56:15

yes my ds is only 10 months, i can imagine him doing the same thing. I better be prepared...

chicagomum Tue 02-Aug-05 20:27:37

i would also recommend that you aren't too fastidious about your children washing their hands, my dh's cousin has a slight obsession about it and when my dd spent quite a bit of time with her it became apparent she was becoming that way too i've had to "retrain her that she doesn't need to was her hands every time she touches something, (she'd got to the stage of washing her hands about 10 times an hour)

MrsATeam Tue 02-Aug-05 20:31:18

always do after every toilet trip no matter where i am and also installed this into my children

expatinscotland Tue 02-Aug-05 20:45:42

Always, always, always.

ruty Tue 02-Aug-05 20:47:11

yes chicago mum i have thought about not making my ds be too fastidious, but want to strike the right balance. I haven't quite reached ten times an hour! Yet.

nannyjo Tue 02-Aug-05 20:58:26

i always wash my hands like ruty after evrything i do have done since DS was born, but in public toilets i don't because i make a point of not touching anything without using toilet roll eg open doors, flush toilets, wipe you know what with lots cos the germs on the taps door knobs etc are worse then whats on my hands. I know this is weird but it's always been an obsession of mine. i always wash at home though.

madmarchhare Tue 02-Aug-05 21:00:24

I dont when Im out and Im very drunk - There, am I the first to admit it?

kama Tue 02-Aug-05 21:01:56

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