Hand Shake! Do you feel okay or wash your hands after hand shake if other is...?

@aliasad (1567)
Pakistan
April 23, 2007 8:33am CST
Hand shake is a good will gesture and I believe that one who does it is so, much social and keeps the moral values. I do try my best to shake hand to people either who meet for the first time or those who are met even after a day ... like my colleagues, friends etc. If somebody is seen doing something bad by hand then would you go for hand shake or just say hello and pass on? I would frankly admit that surely I would shake the hand in order to be social but try to wash for the sake of hygiene. What about you?
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@aissha (2036)
• India
24 Apr 07
i don't understand the hygiene factor here and that person is rude if he is going to wash hands after hand shake and i hv a question for him what he does about the microbes in the air ,does he wash air also?
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@aliasad (1567)
• Pakistan
24 Apr 07
Hi Aissha! Yeah I do agree for all your comment but I have already given a comment to one of friends here that if somebody is putting his hand in his armpit or in a sweaty feet with smell and you just come to meet him unhhh I don't think its better to remain without hand wash after hand shake! :) Do you think thats also social? Thanks for your kind words too.
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@gberlin (3836)
23 Apr 07
Well, if my hand was dirty and someone wanted to shake my hand I would try to wipe it off on something or explain to the person that my hand is dirty. That way I would release them from the obligation of shaking my hand. If I shook someone's hand that was dirty I would wash it later.
@maryannemax (12172)
• Sweden
24 Apr 07
well, at times when i know that my hands are dirty, i explain to them why i can't shake their hands, too in the best nicest way i can to not make them feel offended at all. i even apologize for not shaking their hands. take care!
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@easy888 (10405)
• Australia
23 Apr 07
Hello,alosad,I think it is a good way to show your politeness if you shake hands with other actively,it is just a way to greet someone,I do not think of the hygiene issue, I do not think it is a great deal to shake hands if someone if their hands are not clean, you will not get any diseases so easily through body contact, so do not worry too much.
@aliasad (1567)
• Pakistan
23 Apr 07
Well, what my point was that if somebody is doing like he/she is rubbing the feet having a bad sweaty smell :( I don't think one must never wash hands lol... Thanks for comments too.
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@maryannemax (12172)
• Sweden
24 Apr 07
i a person reaches his/her hand to shake my hand, i gladly give out and reach, too. but i do it quickly especially if i don't know the person really. if they won't do the first move, i just nod my head and say hello or a hi with a smile on my face. and nope, i don't wash my hands after a handshake. i think it's so unnecessary and disrespectful to do so. happy myLotting!
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@James72 (26829)
• Australia
24 Apr 07
I have to shake hands constantly every day because I am attending meetings and it is the correct protocol. I will always shake hands with a male and will only shake hands with a woman if she makes to offer her hand first. I am not being sexist, I just allow the woman to call the shots first. As for washing my hands afterwards; I am not concerned too much about doing this. I do however recall one meeting I had with this guy that had a cold. All throughout the meeting he kept sneezing into his hand and rubbing his snotty nose with his hand as well. All I could think about was that at the end of the meeting I would have to shake his hand! After the meeting (and of course after having to shake his hand) I not only ran off to the bathroom to wash my hands but made everyone else that shook his hand was their hands as well! It was disgusting!
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• India
24 Apr 07
I have no problemm in shaking hands with people, if they are neat and clean. If the person is dirty in clotes Or does some dirty work with hand , in that case I will avoid shaking hands. In that case I will greet him with folded hand at the time of intoduction or meeting.
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@angela2006 (1846)
• China
24 Apr 07
I am a girl,so generally speaking,I seldom shake hand to other people,but sometimes,they want to shake hand to me in order to be social,I will not refuse.but I have not thought about what you said,haha!
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@vamisola (906)
• Australia
24 Apr 07
Yes, for social reason, I will. But afterwards like you, I will wash my hand.
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• United States
23 Apr 07
I have never been in a "situation" seeing anyone doing something bad with their hand that would necessitate a hand shake after!!!???LOL
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• Ireland
23 Apr 07
I really don't like to shake hands but like you, I will do it just to be social. I wouldn't touch food unless I first washed my hands but I would do this either way. I am always afraid of germs being spread by shaking hands and I try to wash mine as quickly as possible afterwards.
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@massageeh (966)
• Taiwan
23 Apr 07
Good point. I've never thought about it. fortunately, I wash my hands before eating. Thanks for bring it up. Good point.
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@tafoya (272)
• United States
24 Apr 07
i dont go wash my hands every time i shake someones hand. if i did i would be washing m y hands all day every day. i have a lot of friends that come over and we always shake eachothers hand and dont go straight to the sink to wash.
• Philippines
24 Apr 07
A very timely question. I just had an experience about handshaking yesterday. I was eating in a restaurant in our town and saw an election candidate went to the Comfort room. I noticed how long it took him inside so I thought he is .. ya know! When he got out, he handshook everyone in the restaurant. I didn't look in his direction because I dont want to shake hands with him. Considering that I am eating at that moment and knowing how long it took him inside the comfort room. =)
@subathra (3519)
• India
24 Apr 07
I shake hands mostly with people whom am meeting for the first time.I just dotn wash hands immediately after a hand shake..some time i go into an hour conversation with them so its not possible for me to interrupt and wash my hands.It really depends and differs from one to another.
@ryanphil01 (4186)
• Philippines
24 Apr 07
Handshakes - Shaking hands when we meet
honestly, every time i make hand shakes to anyone it is with the good intention that i have respect and accept him as he is. well, as to your query about washing our hands after the handshakes, i see nothing wrong with it except that you should do it in private if possible. for hygiene purposes, we should wash our hands anytime specially before and after eating.
• Australia
24 Apr 07
Handshaking is not as widely used anymore in my circles, for one reason or another. Last hand shake I had was with my mobile mechanic when he came to my home. I must admit first chance I had I did go in and rinse my hands off. When in public I keep a small bottle of gel that is a germ killer great when unable to get to a sink. lol