Public Toilet Hygiene - people's personal comments

@pinklilly (3445)
Australia
November 24, 2007 4:30am CST
I was waiting to use the public toilet with my daughter and a lady came out and washed her hands and walked out, which I thought nothing of until the cleaner lady who was in there waiting to change the toilet paper said " Excuse Me" to the lady walking out and she turned around and the cleaner said to her "Don't you want to dry your hands. The hand dryer is here" the Lady replied " No, I'm fine Thank you" and walked off.... I thought that was odd, that somebody would make a comment to do that or insist they did.... I have seen people come out of the toilet and not wash their hands at all, as they beleive there are germs on the taps.... ...... What are your thoughts and experiences .....
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@dreamy1 (3815)
• United States
24 Nov 07
I had a little bit of a strange experience about a restroom once. Me and my friend were eating at this nice restaurant. It wasn't terribly expensive but the place was really nice and had a nice atmosphere. We we were getting the check the waiter asked us if we wanted to try the bathroom. He said something along the lines of we have a really nice bathroom. My friend and I looked at each other like that's a strange thing to say he really wants us to use that bathroom. We thought it was really funny that this waiter wasn't pushing is to order more but that he wanted us to see the bathroom. Now I used to bathroom and he wasn't lying it was a really nice bathroom.
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@pinklilly (3445)
• Australia
24 Nov 07
That is strange :D and funny, curiosity would have got the better of me too I would have checked it out too.... Maybe it was nearly done or something and he was happy about it???? Very strange..... Thanks dreamy1 for sharing, you gave me a Laugh.....
@dreamy1 (3815)
• United States
24 Nov 07
Yeah it was funny. It was like he was so very proud of his restaurants bathroom.
@MsTickle (25136)
• Australia
24 Nov 07
He probably had a hidden camera set up in there. Cynacal of me I know, but it's a weird world.
@villageanne (8554)
• United States
25 Nov 07
I get so aggervated watching people come into the restroom and not washing their hands when they are finished. I have a routine that I use in a public restroom. After I finish using the restroom, I pull out my towel, I use it to turn on the water and then I use it to pull up another towel. I grab this other towel when I am finished washing my hands. I then use the towel to open the door. It works for me.
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@pinklilly (3445)
• Australia
25 Nov 07
Good For you villageanne.... I have a friend who I noticed once come out of the toilet and not wash her hands, I couldn't help but comment.... She said she never washes her hands in public toilets because of the germs.... I left it at that but I couldn't Help but think of what Germs were already on her hands after going to the toilet anyway.... To make it worse it was that time of month for her too..... I would still rather wash my hands overall though, better than not at all.....
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• United States
26 Nov 07
Oh gross. I understand why you could not say anything else though. Personally, I could never go to a public restroom and not wash my hands. Yuck
@pinklilly (3445)
• Australia
27 Nov 07
hmmmm... yes...... better left unsaid, but I must of admit I stayed away from physical contact........
• United States
24 Nov 07
What irks me is when people pee on the seat and don't have the courtesy to wipe it up. That's just disgusting.
• United States
24 Nov 07
I agree I think that is so inconsiderate. If people didn't "hover" and pee on the seat, the seats would be very clean and fine to sit on. I saw an episode of Penn and Teller where they examined toilet seats. Their results showed that your butt is generally cleaner than your hands! Who knew?
• United States
25 Nov 07
I saw that episode. Tis true. If folks simply wash their behinds, there would be no need to pee on the seat.
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@pinklilly (3445)
• Australia
25 Nov 07
Once again yesterday my daughter needed to use the public toilet and on cubicle she went to go in had wee all over the seat and the toilet hadn't been flushed.... agggghhh some people..... They just made it unhygienic for others..... At least most shopping centres the public toilets are clean as they have regular cleaners in there making sure.... It is true what you say about the toilet seat.....
• United States
24 Nov 07
I will not use a public restroom. I started this about a year ago when my anxiety hit me really bad. I am scared of all kinds of germs. I think that they will kill me =). I know. I know. I am weird though. My 2 daughters will not use a public restroom, due to the automatic toilets. They are terrified and think that all of public bathrooms have the auto flush. If I have to wash my hands in a bathroom that is not mine, I will get paper towels and pull or turn the handle and use the same paper towel to pull the handle on the bathroom door when I leave. I am an odd person, but it is better to be safe than sorry.
@pinklilly (3445)
• Australia
24 Nov 07
Do you do that at friends houses??? you are overly crazy but thats fine as long as you feel safe and don't get too worked up over it......
• United States
26 Nov 07
I do not have any friends. Go figure. Lol. I ocasionally go to the neighbors house and I will come home if I need to use the restroom. If I was my hands over there, yes I do the same thing. I know I am crazy. =)
@pinklilly (3445)
• Australia
27 Nov 07
:)
@vikceo (1301)
• India
25 Nov 07
it was really odd but here i just want to say that it is the personal perception.even if people like u and me would mind that does nt bother them so some things are but we cant really help to change.
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@pinklilly (3445)
• Australia
27 Nov 07
Thank you vikceo for your comment.
@jennybianca (12912)
• Australia
25 Nov 07
It is a bit weird for the cleaning person to mention dryiong one's hand. I will dry my hands if there are hand paper towels available. If it is one of those blow driers, I may dry my hands briefly, or sometimes not at all. They take so long to dry one's hands, that it is sometimes not worth the time. Washing is the important issue here, not drying.
@pinklilly (3445)
• Australia
27 Nov 07
yes very true jennybianca.....
• Indonesia
25 Nov 07
Public Toilet Hygiene is a major health issue today. I used to spray some antiseptic liquid on the closet before using it. Washing hands is really necessary, if you have eyes like microscop, you'll see huge amunt of bacteria
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@pinklilly (3445)
• Australia
27 Nov 07
You pick up germs everywhere, so you would think that people would wash them at every chance they get.....
@raychill (6529)
• United States
24 Nov 07
I think it's horrible when people don't flush the toilet or wash their hands. That's just rude and gross. And really bad hygeine for everyone involved. I don't always dry my hands though. I don't like air dryers and you really waste a lot of paper by using them to dry your hands. so I don't see a problem with not drying your hands and I think it's pretty rude of the cleaning lady to have said something like that.
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@pinklilly (3445)
• Australia
24 Nov 07
I thought it was rude too... At least she did wash her hands... I did notice that the cleaner was watching everybody that came out of the toilet that they did wash their hands, before she changed the paper in the toilet than left.....
@Grandmaof2 (7602)
• Canada
24 Nov 07
You're going to probably laugh at me but here's my thoughts. I believe regardless if all you do is urinate you should wash your hands after going to the bathroom without exception. I always do and when leaving I pull my sleeve of whatever I'm wearing over my hand because the thought of grabing the door knob makes me crazy. Like you said I have seen people go in and leave without washing. That's nasty!!!
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@pinklilly (3445)
• Australia
24 Nov 07
I didn't laugh at you. I have seen people do that too. I think you should wash hands too. I feel better when I wash my hands.....
@jamatri (10)
• Trinidad And Tobago
25 Nov 07
I am very concerned with public toilets, I would never, ever sit on a public toilet seat, especially those at fast food restaurants.
• China
24 Nov 07
I never experienced of that......
@ar2sun (123)
• India
24 Nov 07
I must say that in the villages and towns I have visited I found the public toilets in horrible shape and only the cities have good public toilets.