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Do You Remember to Wash Your Hands?

Have you ever been in a public restroom and taken notice of who does and who doesn't wash their hands after using the bathroom? Well, according to a recent study, four out of five bathroom users don't wash their hands!

This statistic sparked a new ad campaign in Florida promoting hand washing because it's pretty clear we all need a friendly reminder. According to the Florida Department of Health, after just three months, this commercial has in fact changed behaviors and now eight more states are joining in on the campaign.

Your hands are only as clean as the last surface you touched so this ad not only reminds you of what your mother always told you to do, to wash your hands after going to the bathroom, but it also tells you the proper way to clean your hands. I bet you didn't know that you should wash for as long as it takes for you to sing Happy Birthday!

So ladies, tell me, do you often see people forgetting to wash their hands? If so, would you ever say something to them? Do you pass judgment on them? Or are you the type that skips out on singing Happy Birthday over the sink?


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ummmidkman ummmidkman 9 years
i always wash my hands put toilet paper on the seat and use paper to open the door and turn off the water. no aids for me
allhailtoyin allhailtoyin 9 years
I don't pass judgment but wish everyone did. Even if you feel nothing happened. It's just good to wash your hands. I always carry lotion with me for that reason.
mrscaru mrscaru 9 years
Yikes... 4 out of 5??? That's disgusting! And yes, I do judge people who don't wash their hands after using the bathroom. I'm a teacher and even though I work with difficult kids, they even know to wash their hands after the bathroom and before snack... why wouldn't adults do it?
lemuse20 lemuse20 9 years
I wash every time after I go. It's not so much only because I just went to the loo, but because my hands tend to feel gross after being out in public places (pushing carts, opening doors - not to mention the bathroom door I just opened). I don't pass judgement on people who don't, nor do I LOOK to see if any washes their hands. But if NO ONE washed their hands these days, I think the world would be in big trouble. What amuses me most is when I pull out my hand wipes when I get in my car after going to the grocery store and people laugh and pass judgement on ME. Now that's what gets me, passing judgement on people who want to cut down the risk of getting a cold or something so not fun. I'm just eliminating some snotty nosed kid germs, do ya mind?
spazzydana spazzydana 9 years
i don't wash wash my hands and i dont care what you have to say about it. I could care less about germs, and trust me i know all aout them. im not touching my butt,so i dont care about washing my hands, so be judgemental, i will get to wherever i need to go faster than you!
tamberly tamberly 9 years
thats gross. especially in a public bathroom, they are so many extra germs floating around, how could you not want to wash your hands after using all the same bathroom equipment as all those strangers. ew
lady-T lady-T 9 years
im kinds obsessive about washing my hands..i will wash my hands after almost every activity and will wash my hands whenever there isa toilet nearby at uni
sittingonawall sittingonawall 9 years
I always wash my hands, most people in my school just rinse their hands with water quickly or so it seems to me. Some don'T wash their hands at all, disgusting!
demeter demeter 9 years
I didn't use to but working in a daycare has kind of put me back in that habit.
MamaD MamaD 9 years
I ALWAYS see it and that is why I open the restroom door with a paper towel!!!! I can't believe what filthy pigs most people are!!!
Random2 Random2 9 years
I wash my hands, but I also carry a small bottle of anti-bacterial gel in my purse/ book bag so I can have it handy if I sneeze or am just grabbing a quick bite to eat.
LadyP LadyP 9 years
I always wash my hands in public places with the soap. I notice a lot of women just sit their hands under the water for a second and they think they washed them. I also save the towel that I used to dry my hands and use it to open the door.
veronicaraye veronicaraye 9 years
ive gotten a lot better since ive gotten older.
KerryG KerryG 9 years
4/5? Eww! When I'm home, I don't wash my hands nearly as often as I probably should - I tend to take the view where germs are concerned that what doesn't kill me will make me stronger, but washing your hands after using the toilet - ESPECIALLY a public toilet - is an ironclad rule for me. Though not for two minutes - that seems excessive to me and I guess if I catch a staph infection and die because of it, then I catch a staph infection and die. Why be paranoid? Incidentally, though I would hope that nobody actually does go around peeing or pooping on their hands, urine is technically sterile.
popgoestheworld popgoestheworld 9 years
Us touchy? Going on a rant asking people if they piss and shit on their hands, and then calling someone a smartass for posting an article, and then defending yourself again and again. I would have to say that it's you who is a bit touchy about this whole thing. If you weren't, why the need to berate everyone else as being germaphobes and defend yourself as one of the cleanest people you know? If you haven't noticed, everyone else is on the same page here but you. What reason do we have to be touchy?
Masqueraded_Angel Masqueraded_Angel 9 years
Ugh...disgusting. Being a receptionist, all day I'm touching money and phones, which are crawling with bacteria. So I wash my hands at any opportunity. Granted, the stylists and the people that I work with are very clean people as well, but I still have that bottle of sanitizer at my desk. Oh, and just for the record, any time that my son and I are at a public restroom, we BOTH wash our hands, whether or not we both used the toilet.
nikecold nikecold 9 years
Of course I never actually poop and then DON'T wash my hands that is just nasty nasty. And Its not like I always walk out without washing my hands but I have a huge issue with water and faucets and stuff like that. They freak me out in certain public places.
Marci Marci 9 years
I ALWAYS wash my hands. And if there aren't paper towels to dry them with, I use toilet paper. I also use a paper towel to open the bathroom door when I'm leaving since so many people DON'T wash their hands. I can hear them flush, open the stall door and scurry out of the bathroom hoping not to feel shamed into *having* to. They probably then go eat a sandwich or something with those disgusting hands. There was a girl in a building I worked in who was so so cute and every guy in my office wanted to ask her out. I noticed that she never, ever washed her hands after using the toilet, so I told them all to feel free to go out with her but don't ever let her cook a meal for you. When I told them why, they all laughed, but after that none of them ever talked about wanting to go out with her again! :D
heidihaute heidihaute 9 years
One of my best friends does not wash her hands- ugh- and I'm sooo OCD about it. I've come close to telling her many times to do it! I even have made little comments... but to no avail... what's a girl to do?
nikecold nikecold 9 years
I take notice sometimes too. But in all honestly sometimes I feel even more grossed out when I DO wash my hands at public bathrooms. Especially when there's no towels or dryers around I will just go without washing my hands. I seriously don't feel the need to be gripping a door handle with wet hands, not to mention the faucet itself.
ChristinaVal ChristinaVal 9 years
This is making me laugh. So touchy! Well just think, you could shake my hand tomorrow and not know it...then you might get some disgusting disease and die OH GOD NO. I know i'm not nasty, i'm very clean, but really, there's only so much you can do. You get germs on you every second of every day. Paranoia people.
smp7328 smp7328 9 years
I definitely remember to wash. But i am one of the dreaded OCD people, so i tend to wash my hands twice and not just once, for whether it be 15 seconds, 45 seconds, on round of happy birthday or two minutes. I figure two long hand washings should cover it. And I also carry purel and those hand sanitizing wipes as well. It's my thing. we are all allowed one or two crazy things that we do, right? This is mine! and i totally own it!
Greggie Greggie 9 years
Yeah, tlsgirl, apparently you're a "smartass" for daring to show back-up about handwashing. How dare you. The #1 way staph infections are spread? Failure to wash hands after using the restroom. Toilet paper does not kill germs nor does it prevent germs from getting through. Peeing on your hand or using toilet paper, you've got the same germs.
popgoestheworld popgoestheworld 9 years
I'm sure none of us pisses on our own hands. Or what was that a rhetorical question? However, assuming you wipe yourself after going to the bathroom, no matter how careful you are not to touch yoursef, there are microscopic particles that can get all over your hands, just by being in the vicinity. If it weren't a health hazard, they wouldn't require restaurant employees to wash their hands after going to the bathroom. Sure, there are plenty of germs elsewhere, and people can take it too far by being OCD. But in a world that we have to share with other people, it just seems like it's a nice thing to do to take 15 seconds to try to prevent getting some of your shit particles on them when you shake their hands.
aquanteal22 aquanteal22 9 years
Ladies I work with actually laugh at me because, not only do I wash my hands, but I use hand sanitizer once I've exited - just in case. I generally don't comment, unless it's a child I see not washing, but I'm always shocked when I see women who don't wash their hands at restaurants.
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