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Do You Wash Your Hands After Doin Yo' Bidness?

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  1. 1. Do you wash your hands after using the restroom?

    • yes
      40
    • no
      1
    • most of the time
      15
    • not usually
      2
    • depends
      3
    • I act like I'm washing them by running water over my hands w/o soap
      3
    • I didn't get them dirty, so why do I need to wash them?
      3


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Unless you say yes, I'd like to keep this poll anonymous. I just wanted to take a survey of our HAIF hand washers. I know there are people out there who don't do it, and no doubt some of you HAIFers are part of the guilty party.

It's just a fun/whatever poll.

For the record, I'll be the first one voting yes. If you vote anything else, I'd try not to post if you so choose, at the same time of your tally.

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Just to clarify how do you define "doin yo' bidness"?

Using the restroom. I was trying to euphamise it a little bit.

And we have our first non-yes answer! thanks for being honest, lol

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Yes! Human filth is the nastiest form of filth and I can't tolerate it.

I love quotes like this. Urine is 95% water, and is sterile, virus free, and bacteria free when it leaves the body. Urea, a component of urine, is commonly found in skin care products. It is very likely that the urine you are disgusted by is cleaner than the soap, water and towel you use to rid your hands of it.

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I love quotes like this. Urine is 95% water, and is sterile, virus free, and bacteria free when it leaves the body. Urea, a component of urine, is commonly found in skin care products. It is very likely that the urine you are disgusted by is cleaner than the soap, water and towel you use to rid your hands of it.

Yep, and in an emergency situation, it can be drank for its water content.

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An Army 1stSgt and a Marine Corps Gunny were in the same bathroom using the urinals. The Army guy finishes up, and proceeds to the sink to wash his hands. The Marine finishes up and proceeds to the door. The 1st Sgt, in a condescending tone said "You know, in the Army, they teach us to wash our hands after we take a piss". Without skipping a beat, the Gunnery Sgt replies "That's great. In the Marine Corps they teach us not to piss on our hands" as he left.

In general, I will wash my hands, but not for that reason. I shake so many hands in a day that I wash my hands regularly. That is the dirty part, not going to the restroom.

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I love quotes like this. Urine is 95% water, and is sterile, virus free, and bacteria free when it leaves the body. Urea, a component of urine, is commonly found in skin care products. It is very likely that the urine you are disgusted by is cleaner than the soap, water and towel you use to rid your hands of it.

True. I don't wash my hands to avoid human filth coming out of me. I wash my hands to avoid disease picked up from the things I've touched since I last washed. Time to wash again.

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Along a similar vein, I saw a news report sometime in the last year or two that investigated just how dirty toilet seats and door knobs are. I believe the report was based on the amount of bacteria growing on each surface.

Turns out, your face is waaaaay (several orders of magnitude) "dirtier" than a typical public toilet seat. Bacteria thrive in warm and moist environments, while toilet seats are dry and cold (most of the time).

I think germophobia is all mental, and unhealthy.

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I always wash my hands. In the school restrooms, when kids walkout without washing their hands, I yell out a big "this fool didn't even wash his hands, that's [blank] nasty". I say different things from time to time.

But I just don't wash my hands after using the restroom. Katy High is pretty dirty and we have some weird kids sitting in the desks I use. I may put my hand under my desk (accident) to find some fresh new Stride under it.

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Before and after, door knobs, handrails, everything is nasty, call me a germophobe, was them before and after.

That's my big neuroticism, is when a bathroom door is configured to swing inward so that you have to make contact and pull on a handle that you just know is covered in filth. That, and when facets require too much torque to turn off.

At times like that, I always end up asking myself, "What's the point?"

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I have always maintained that my down below is cleaner than my hands. So actually I wash my hands before touching my down below parts.

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I have a "technique". I can do my bidness and not touch anything more than my zipper and my underwear. Besides, I would be worried more about how clean my hands were before the event than after.

I know that technique! It is especially useful if there is no soap and water beforehand or if my hands are especially grimy.

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That's my big neuroticism, is when a bathroom door is configured to swing inward so that you have to make contact and pull on a handle that you just know is covered in filth. That, and when facets require too much torque to turn off.

At times like that, I always end up asking myself, "What's the point?"

You've never mastered the technique of grabbing the handle with a paper towel and then throwing the towel quickly into the trash on your way out? That, or just wait for the next person to open the door.

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I'm not talking about just urine. I'm aware of the urine in skin care products. A couple of years ago I remember reading about some soap star that suggested putting your own pee on your face to ward of wrinkles.

Seriously, there are things I see all the time from people that churn my stomach that some people probably wouldn't think twice about. It's an anxiety thing with me.

westguy:

You've never mastered the technique of grabbing the handle with a paper towel and then throwing the towel quickly into the trash on your way out? That, or just wait for the next person to open the door.

Or on the floor if there's not a trash can in reach. It's not my fault if there's not a trash can near the door.

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You've never mastered the technique of grabbing the handle with a paper towel and then throwing the towel quickly into the trash on your way out? That, or just wait for the next person to open the door.

that's what i do too.

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Yeah, but I hate bathrooms that don't have paper towels, only that crappy air blower thing!

Amen, brother! It's a joy to wash your hands with nice hot water, decent soap, and plenty of paper towels. But cold water, a dirty sink, and that stupid air blower are big influences on whether I wash or not. Plus, without being too graphic, you know when you really need to and when you don't.

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Yeah, but I hate bathrooms that don't have paper towels, only that crappy air blower thing!

Talk about a dilemma...at that point I either revert to waiting for someone else to come through, or I grab the handle with my pinky in the least worn area. If it's an actual knob, you're pretty screwed...though I've used my shirt on more than one occasion. OCD, anyone?

I typically care less if I'm not about to eat anytime soon, or if I've been drinking...a lot

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Unless you say yes, I'd like to keep this poll anonymous. I just wanted to take a survey of our HAIF hand washers. I know there are people out there who don't do it, and no doubt some of you HAIFers are part of the guilty party.

It's just a fun/whatever poll.

For the record, I'll be the first one voting yes. If you vote anything else, I'd try not to post if you so choose, at the same time of your tally.

I resisted posting on this, but this is one of the most bizarre topics on HAIF EVER!

Washing hands at the Hyatt bathroom lobby is a blast (literally!) . Watching people eyeing (sic?)the new hand driving machine there.

this is up there with another post I read in another forum "How long do you wait to stop being discrete at passing gas in the same bed with a new lover?"

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I resisted posting on this, but this is one of the most bizarre topics on HAIF EVER!

Washing hands at the Hyatt bathroom lobby is a blast (literally!) . Watching people eyeing (sic?)the new hand driving machine there.

this is up there with another post I read in another forum "How long do you wait to stop being discrete at passing gas in the same bed with a new lover?"

lol, you think so? It's just washing hands, haha.

There was a thread like this before. It started off as a thread about taqueria stands and wound up a thread about hygiene.

Yeah, I found that one. I wanted to take a poll though. Discussion is not necessarily what I had in mind, but it's fine.

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"How long do you wait to stop being discrete at passing gas in the same bed with a new lover?"

Only if I can raise the sheets to let it escape and not suffocate us both.

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You've never mastered the technique of grabbing the handle with a paper towel and then throwing the towel quickly into the trash on your way out? That, or just wait for the next person to open the door.

When towels and a trash can next to the door are available, I'll do that. That's less common than I'd like, though.

And I'm too impatient just to wait around for someone else.

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And I'm too impatient just to wait around for someone else.

lol. no kidding. I'll just grab the handle w/ my pinky where I think it's least touched.

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lol. no kidding. I'll just grab the handle w/ my pinky where I think it's least touched.

Oh, crap. That's what I do too. Has it occurred to everybody that the aggregate effect of our germophobic neuroticism is that we're all touching the same inconvenient parts of the handle?

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If it is not in a clean establishment (Gas station, Burger King), I either do the paper towel thing or use the heel of my shoe (with foot attached) to flush it.

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You guys could carry purses, and that way you'd always have a little pack of antibacterial wipes and other useful things handy.

Or just always have a couple of kleenexes in your pocket.

What a thread. Like a secret glimpse at random guys' bathroom habits.

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You guys could carry purses, and that way you'd always have a little pack of antibacterial wipes and other useful things handy. Or just always have a couple of kleenexes in your pocket.

I'm not sufficiently OCD to do that.

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I'm not sufficiently OCD to do that.

'sufficiently'. Ha! Which sort of begs the question, is a kleenex in the pocket more or less OCD than flushing with feet, or the no hands technique?

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'sufficiently'. Ha! Which sort of begs the question, is a kleenex in the pocket more or less OCD than flushing with feet, or the no hands technique?

Foot flushing is a convenient act of germophobia. Remembering to pack tissue paper when leaving home each morning requires a willingness to reorder your life (even slightly), and therefore, it is a more severe form of OCD.

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That's my big neuroticism, is when a bathroom door is configured to swing inward so that you have to make contact and pull on a handle that you just know is covered in filth. That, and when facets require too much torque to turn off.

At times like that, I always end up asking myself, "What's the point?"

Yeah, I am the same way. The solution to this poor configuration is to use a paper towel to turn the faucet off, and open the door. It irks me greatly when there are no paper towels in bathrooms, or the garbage bin is too far from the door.

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You guys could carry purses, and that way you'd always have a little pack of antibacterial wipes and other useful things handy.

Or just always have a couple of kleenexes in your pocket.

What a thread. Like a secret glimpse at random guys' bathroom habits.

I thought that carrying manbags was proven disastrous for men when Joey couldn't get the job at the audition.

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I thought that carrying manbags was proven disastrous for men when Joey couldn't get the job at the audition.

:lol: I remembered that episode right after I posted!!

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It irks me greatly when there are no paper towels in bathrooms, or the garbage bin is too far from the door.

I know it's wrong, but in that case I just throw them on the floor after I've opened the door.

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If you carry a purse you have to wonder what to do with it while using a public restroom. I was in a situation a few weeks ago where I just couldn't win. I didn't want to sit it on the floor, but on the door, near the hook, there was a little brown something smeared. Made me furious.

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If you carry a purse you have to wonder what to do with it while using a public restroom. I was in a situation a few weeks ago where I just couldn't win. I didn't want to sit it on the floor, but on the door, near the hook, there was a little brown something smeared. Made me furious.

Okay, first off I would have found another bathroom!

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I love quotes like this. Urine is 95% water, and is sterile, virus free, and bacteria free when it leaves the body. Urea, a component of urine, is commonly found in skin care products. It is very likely that the urine you are disgusted by is cleaner than the soap, water and towel you use to rid your hands of it.

This assumes that you're in absolutely perfect health all of the time. There are all sorts of infections and other things that happen in the body that lead to contamination of urine. Many times people can have a low-grade urinary tract infection and not even know it because the body takes care of it before it's a problem. One of the ways it does that is by flushing the bacteria out with the urine.

That said, you're really not supposed to pee on your hands.

Part of the reason we wash our hands is because of the bacteria and germs we pick up during the manual process of relieving ourselves. No matter what gear you have, it's still folds of human skin in a warm, moist, confined area -- perfect for the reproduction of all sorts of critters. You wouldn't put your hands in your armpits or your butt crack and then walk around shaking people's hands and touching things, would you?

(Not specific to you, RedScare -- it's rhetorical.)

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I always wash my hands. In the school restrooms, when kids walkout without washing their hands, I yell out a big "this fool didn't even wash his hands, that's [blank] nasty". I say different things from time to time.

But I just don't wash my hands after using the restroom. Katy High is pretty dirty and we have some weird kids sitting in the desks I use. I may put my hand under my desk (accident) to find some fresh new Stride under it.

I do that to the tourist kids in the mall bathrooms, too. When I'm washing and I see one in the mirror heading from the stalls to the doors, I yell in my fiercest Brooklyn accent, "Wash ya hands, kid!" They always turn and make a bee-line for the basins. After all, this kid might have gotten some filth of one kind or another on his hand, and now he's going to open the door with the same handle I have to use next.

At least in smaller bathrooms I can open the door with a paper towel and chuck it into the trash bin before the door closes.

On a related note -- have you ever noticed that Starbucks always have the WORST bathrooms? Typically they're below the grade of the average truck stop bathroom. Just horrible. I've never been to a Starbucks that wasn't part of a hotel that didn't have an absolutely filthy bathroom.

Here's a picture of the worst Starbucks men's room I've come across:

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You wouldn't put your hands in your armpits or your butt crack and then walk around shaking people's hands and touching things, would you?

God let's hope not!

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I always wash my hands. In the school restrooms, when kids walkout without washing their hands, I yell out a big "this fool didn't even wash his hands, that's [blank] nasty". I say different things from time to time.

But I just don't wash my hands after using the restroom. Katy High is pretty dirty and we have some weird kids sitting in the desks I use. I may put my hand under my desk (accident) to find some fresh new Stride under it.

Stride?

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Lets face it, the perfect bathroom has those motion sensors in the toilets, faucet, and paper towels so you don't have to touch anything. Perhaps we need to start a thread on Houston's best bathrooms.

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If you carry a purse you have to wonder what to do with it while using a public restroom. I was in a situation a few weeks ago where I just couldn't win. I didn't want to sit it on the floor, but on the door, near the hook, there was a little brown something smeared. Made me furious.

Ewww. I have that problem all the time. I have resorted to hanging a bag on the edge of the stall door (if there is enough room).

Floor definitely not an option.

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