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Wash Your Hands After Going To The Bathroom!

Posted by on Mar 15, 2008

Did you know Eddie Murphy supposedly washes his hands 15-20 times a day? Many thought he was obsessive compulsive until he explained that he shakes a lot of hands in a day and knows many men don’t wash their hands, and since he doesn’t want to take any chances with his health he’s constantly washing his hands.

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I don’t blame Eddie one bit. I always wash my hands after I’ve gone, no matter which way, and I always cringe when I see men leave without doing so themselves. I always imagine that I’m going to walk out the door and one of them is going to want to shake my hand, and I’m going to cringe when they come near me. There’s presently a commercial on TV where you see a guy walking around with a toilet attached to his arm to indicate he hasn’t washed his hands, and people are shirking to get away from him whenever he puts his hand out.

It’s been proven that many diseases are spread by bad hygiene as it concerns the hands. The spread of hepatitis in my county many years ago by people not washing their hands in restaurants led to us passing a plastic gloves law for anyone handling food. Studies have come out recently saying that most colds are passed by hand-to-hand contact and could be eliminated if people used soap and water on their hands. And don’t let me get started about the recent news story about lemons; ick.

So, please, men and women, wash your hands when you come out of the bathroom. If you’d like to see more, take a look at this link from the Straight Dope people.

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This reminds me of the Seinfeld episode when he sees the cook not washing his hands 🙂

November 10th, 2008 | 3:24 AM

In my area, Samantha, all restaurant workers that handle the food have to wear plastic gloves because in the 80’s we kept having outbreaks of hepatitis. So when I go to another area and they’re not wearing gloves, I always hesitate to eat the food, but I get over it.

November 10th, 2008 | 9:19 AM

I know what you mean. I am always very careful when it comes to eating in restaurants fast foods 🙂

November 10th, 2008 | 10:18 AM

and fast foods..I “ate” the word “The” above

November 10th, 2008 | 10:20 AM

That’s okay, Samantha; I figured it out. And you’re talking fast food, but deli’s freak me out because the meat isn’t cooked and you don’t know how long all that stuff has been laying around in the open.

November 10th, 2008 | 10:31 AM

Sometimes its difficult to know whether the foods are clean in the restaurant, because you wouldn’t know what the guys doing in the kitchen right. Why I said that, because I’ve been working in a restaurant in the past.

February 25th, 2009 | 5:48 AM

That’s a good point, KB, and most of us just trust that we’re going to be safe when we go out to restaurants. Where I live, people who prepare food have to wear gloves, which makes us feel just a little bit safer.

February 25th, 2009 | 9:16 AM
Alice Bath:

Washing hands 20 times a day might a little bit too much…but I can;t even imagine how someone can leave a toilet without washing his hands! Bleee!

March 31st, 2009 | 8:54 AM

Actually, when I think about it, I wash my hands a lot, but my wife washes her hands way more. She works in a hospital ancillary department, and says she sees so many nasty and unsanitary things that she makes sure to wash her hands whenever she touches something she’s unfamiliar with, or that someone else might have touched first. A bit over the top, but she’d know. 🙂

March 31st, 2009 | 9:48 AM
bathroom suite:

i use some gel to wash my hands. cant remember what its called but you dontneed soap or water so i just carry it round in my bag. never know when you might need it!!!!

saz xx

May 6th, 2009 | 7:56 AM

My wife carried the same stuff around, Saz, and it works in a pinch. But even that’s not more preferable than good ol’ soap and water.

May 6th, 2009 | 8:17 AM

Thanks for the interesting post. I am always worried about cooks at restaurants not washing their hands. I can never really know for sure if they do or not so I try to think they do.

October 5th, 2009 | 12:24 PM

Thanks Eddy. You’re right, we never really do know unless something happens whether they’re doing it or not. I’d hate to be the hand washing police. lol

October 5th, 2009 | 6:06 PM