Washing your hands after the toilet?

@tredale (1313)
Australia
June 12, 2007 12:30pm CST
I have a friend that takes a tissue with her into the toilet, and opens the door with it, flushes the button, turns on the tap, washes her hands then open the door with this tissue then puts it in her pocket until she has found a bin. She then opens the bin with her hand to throw the tissue away. I think this is crazy and was wanting to here your opinion on this. Do you think this is over kill. Oh this is in her own house not out at the shops or what ever though she does it there as well.
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@jennysp8 (855)
• United States
13 Jun 07
I really think that it is a silly thing but to each their own. It's funny when I watch women do this in the rest room and they make sure they use their forarms to push open the door the exit the restroom. Then, they grab their shopping cart, they pick up items in the store, the touch everything else. Meanwhile all they think about is "protecting themselves in the bathroom from those who didn't wash". What? They think the people who didn't wash their hands didn't touch anything else in the store? lol People need to think more deep on that matter if they really want to be extreme about it.
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@tredale (1313)
• Australia
13 Jun 07
Thats right and like someone else pointed out money. How many hands has money gone through and is never washed. thanks for responding.
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• United States
13 Jun 07
Wow. I'd probably be like this in a communal restroom but not in my own house. that's crazy. lol.
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@tredale (1313)
• Australia
13 Jun 07
Thanks for responding it kind of take the fun out of living a little. I mean really who needs this much hype when going to the toilet lol hahah
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@azimsay (545)
• India
13 Jun 07
It is a rule. All are doing this.After toilet wash your hand.It is dengerous for us,and dirty thing.After hand wash we can do our work.Some people clean with tissue.It is very dirty.Ido not like.
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@tredale (1313)
• Australia
13 Jun 07
Thankyou for your response yes its very important to wash your hands after going to the toilet but shouldnt it also be important after putting something in the bin.
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@TerryZ (22083)
• United States
13 Jun 07
I do agree with you its a bit riduculous.LOL Some people are like that thou. They are deathly afraid of catching some kind of a germ from other peoples hands. I think she is a germ aphob. And she get some help.
@tredale (1313)
• Australia
13 Jun 07
Thankyou for responding thats a good point there may be a deeper issue where she does need help.
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@Kowgirl (3491)
• United States
13 Jun 07
Your friend may be trying to avoid these germs because of a low immune system. Or because she has some sickness that will get worse because of germs. I had a neighbor who wore gloves because of this. I finally broke down and asked her about it. She had a rare type of a disease that affected the immune system and it could not get rid of certain germs and bacteria. After months of taking medication to boost her immunity she only wore them when she went out, but she sprayed everything in her house every day with Lysol. Needless to say she would not use a telephone away from home. I guess everyone has a reason for doing things we find odd.
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@tredale (1313)
• Australia
13 Jun 07
Great point you are right of course, there are sometimes valid reasons for the things people do.
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• Israel
13 Jun 07
thank for the paste. it is adviceable to do that after toilet.
@tredale (1313)
• Australia
13 Jun 07
lol thankyou for the response.
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@gabs8513 (48715)
• United Kingdom
13 Jun 07
That is going over the Top and I would actually feel insulted by that to be honest There is not need for that unless you are in a totally dirty House Public Toilets I can understand to but not in her own House or at her Friends House
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@tredale (1313)
• Australia
14 Jun 07
This was in her own house that goodness or I would have been very offended. though you make a good point.
@youdontsay (3503)
• United States
13 Jun 07
Maybe not crazy, but she might be a bit phobic. Strange that she opens the bin with her hand, though, if she is indeed phobic. Or, she may be obsessive-compulsive. If that is the case there are probably other rituals or "rules" she follows. Both are forms of anxiety and often are not overly problematic until the person is aging and it worsens to the point that it causes problems for their daily life and relationships. I hope this is just a quirk for her and not a disorder.
@tredale (1313)
• Australia
14 Jun 07
This is a very valid point and will take this into consideration thankyou.
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• United States
12 Jun 07
personally i think that is a brilliant idea. she must be a very clean person. I wish everyone did that
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@tredale (1313)
• Australia
13 Jun 07
which bit use a tissue in the bathroom and a bare hand on your bin. ?????? I think this defeats the purpose. If you are that worried about germs you would think you would use the tissue to open the bin as well.lol
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@Dugsmom (279)
• United States
12 Jun 07
OH that totally defeats the purpose!! It's like washing your hands with soap and then touching the infected faucet after you're done washing. It doesn't matter if it's her trashcan or not...the point is it's dirty!
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@tredale (1313)
• Australia
13 Jun 07
Too true even in the cleanest of houses there is some dirt and the bin is one of the dirtiest.
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• Canada
12 Jun 07
This is really overkill LOL. I could understand her doing it in a public place, because well, you never know who's been there before you, but in her own home? Thats overkill. Someone might also tell her that the bin is where she's most likely to get germs from. She should use the tissue to open the bin if she's that worried about catching something.
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@tredale (1313)
• Australia
13 Jun 07
This is it, this is the bit were I shook my head. Over kill is a great way too describe it as well.
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@Willowlady (10666)
• United States
12 Jun 07
If she things like this with a bathroom and then not with the handles on the check out carts she is mistaken. Indeed you never know what lurks in the bathrooms in a public place. However, we are a germ filled world and if we don't get something from it from time to time then our bodies cannot fight it off when it does get something. Some care is ok, but this is a bit extreme. As long as you wash your hands afterward, not thinking about the handle on the washbasin. Then it is good enough really. In her own house is pure ridiculous unless she never cleans in there.
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@tredale (1313)
• Australia
13 Jun 07
This is my sentiments exactly, like I said the bin carries germs as well but this didnt seem to bother her.
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• United States
12 Jun 07
I can understand doing this when using a public restroom but in your own home is kind of strange. I know we spray Lysol on door handles and such when we are sick but other than that we just wash our hands and be done with it. Since we all live in the same house we all share everything. Now I will spray before company comes and after they leave just to avoid giving them our germs or us getting theirs but I have a baby with a feeding tube so I have to be more careful then most.
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@tredale (1313)
• Australia
12 Jun 07
I have done the same but she lives alone its not like too many people are using the toilet. What germs were on the taps would also be on the bin you would think. anyway thankyou for responding goodluck with your baby I hope all is well.
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@SmokePiff (437)
• United States
13 Jun 07
i do the samething when im out in public but not at home. i just do it in public because there r some people that go and don't wash, then grab the door and im not tryin to grab a door handle that some1 else just touched there junk thats just nasty
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@tredale (1313)
• Australia
13 Jun 07
Thats it at public places you can understand but at your own home well.
• United States
13 Jun 07
at 1st when i was reading it i thought ur friend just had a germ phobia but then u said she touches the garbage with her hand and in my eyes thats just as bad as tounch the door handle. only thing i can think of is she doesn't trust people wash there hands
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@singlepixel (2743)
12 Jun 07
Hi Tredale. Nice topic. Reading your post reminds me a lot about other people too (a friend in fact). Quite similar and sometimes i wonder whether is this some kind of contagious paranoia. If i stick around too long with this kind of person I think I will die earlier just watching all these phobias..lol.. I think if we just keep everything dry and clean around the house is good enough. But maybe to certain people where cleanliness is very important, we really can't blame them to be like so because they have their own history on that and therefore it is their reason.
@tredale (1313)
• Australia
13 Jun 07
I came home feeling the same thing, she had made such a song and dance about the toilet the went to the bin. She then made a coffee, normally I wouldnt have even considered any side effects but like I said because of the song and dance I started wondering if she had caught something off the bin lol.
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29 Jun 07
WOW !!!! Thank you very much for the best response , Tredale. out of 33 responses, you picked mine. That meant A LOT to me...thank you again!!!!!!!
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@lkbooi (16101)
• Malaysia
18 Jun 07
She used to do this frequently when visiting the public toile. No doubt when using the toilet in her own house she does the same things too naturally. Another reason is that the toilet in her house is not her personal john and has to share with her family and occasionally the visitors.
@tredale (1313)
• Australia
18 Jun 07
This maybe the case but she actually lives alone and has two toilets one for her and one for visitors. thankyou for responding.
@banta78 (4335)
• India
16 Jun 07
Well i always wash my hands after going to toilet. But i don't use tissue paper to openor close the door in my house. If it is outside one can understand as one doesn't want to get germs on one's hands. If one's house is neat and clean ashing hands with soap is enough.
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@tredale (1313)
• Australia
16 Jun 07
I totally agree, this is a great point thankyou.
@sjohnson628 (3197)
• United States
14 Jun 07
That is odd! And in her own house? That's too funny! maybe she is thriving for attention! LOL! Especially since she is opening the garbage bin with her bare hands!
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@tredale (1313)
• Australia
14 Jun 07
Thats just it, I am glad you think its odd. I just shake my head and thought exactly the same thing.
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@coffeeshot (3786)
• Australia
13 Jun 07
I think this is overkill to do this in her house. It sounds to me like she has a germ phobia. I have a slight germ phobia but not that bad. Actually I read that toilet door handles are quite germ free because they're generally dry and germs need moisture to survive. I'd be more concerned about touching money and the railings on escalators. But my mum always says to me that we shouldn't hide from germs too much because we should let our body build a tolerance to them.
@tredale (1313)
• Australia
13 Jun 07
Oh yes me too money espesially, I watched a program once that did a test on money and it showed all different types of germs.
@lingli_78 (12844)
• Australia
13 Jun 07
well, i do that when i am using a public toilet... but not in my own house... and i don't go to the extent of using tissue paper to open the door... i think it is a little bit too much and over-reacting... may be your friend just want to be very cautious with her health and want to make sure that she does not catch any germs... i think she must be a very hygienic person which is good in some sense...
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@tredale (1313)
• Australia
13 Jun 07
I agree its good in some ways but a little disturbing in others lol.