Do you wash your hands with soap?

Singapore
April 7, 2007 2:27pm CST
Again, I am making a bold assumption here that you wash your hands when they get dirty. I am assuming that when you finish snacking, you will wash your oily fingers. I am assuming that you will wash your hands after picking up some rubbish. I am assuming that you will visit the tap after digging your nose. :P So when you finally get to the tap, do you use soap before washing it with water? If you think about it logically, water alone will not get rid of oil, dirt or bacteria. As shocking as the truth might sound, you need something more than water. Enters... soap. I don't care whether you use a bar soap or a liquid soap, or any other variations, but, do you use soap at all? I know people who simply turn on the tap, run their fingers through the water and are done within less than 2 seconds. I think they must be cleaning for the sake of cleaning (they might feel guilty otherwise). :PP Are you one of these guilty people? Or do you dutifully use soap when washing your hands? Or do you rely on other alternatives? Do share your thoughts. ;-)
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@AKRao24 (25849)
• India
7 Apr 07
I am working for a Stud Farm. Basically I am a vet and need to lok after about 300 horses .That gives a fair idea that I am very busy in getting my hands dirty every now and then . When I am on the job I make it a point to wash my hands every time i find they are not clean and they are required to be cleaned! And while doing so I invariably use soap to wash my hands! If there is any specific job and there are chances of getting contaminated from the animal, I invariably use some antiseptic solution which in in liquid soap form before and after washing my hands with an ordibnary soap! This i do inspite of the fact that I use protective hand gloves! At my place we use lot of soaps.I keep many toilet soaps with different fragrances and different types! Depending upon the season I se the soap to wash my hands! I have liquid soap every time in my soap dispenser and I use it when I feel that I may not requireto wash my hands throughly as yhey have been washjed just before few minutes back! At my place also I keep Antiseptic Soaps and antiseptic liquid soaps for washing! In either case I throughly wash myhands under tap and apply soap and see to it that the fingers nails and the bas of the nail to gether with the tips are leaned throughly, as these are the ares which can harbour infective agents and spend few seconds in getting good froth so that the microorganisms may get rid into the froath which I subsquently wash in the runnbg water under a tap! Thanks for initiating a nice but original discussion!
• Singapore
7 Apr 07
tsk tsk - You are in the running for best response!
Thanks for sharing!^^
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• United States
7 Apr 07
i use soap.i tend to my mom and have to be as germ free as possible-keeps down cross contamination and infection.i like the liquid stuff that's supposed to be double strength.
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@maryannemax (12170)
• Sweden
7 Apr 07
as for me, i cook a lot at home and i help in taking care of my sick brother. so, i always make sure my hands are clean and germ free as much as possible. and soap and water make the trick all the time.
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• Philippines
7 Apr 07
Yes, I wash my hands with soap and water. I wash oftentimes, I cannot give a count how many each day. I do it so much more before eating. I soap until the elbows and vigorously rub them before flushing the soap totally with water running from the tap. I know that this hand washing thing consumes so much water but, it is highly needed that we do this everytime we stain our hands in some way and also, before we may partake of food.
• Singapore
7 Apr 07
Be careful though.. I am worried that washing too often would make our hands raw..
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@Suze05 (480)
• United States
7 Apr 07
Just water? hmmm..don't think thats gonna get the job done in most cases. Sometimes, dependng on what's on them, I may just run them under water, but in most cases I use soap. I use the liquid kind most of the time. I have to wash them all the time because I have the dogs, and they go outside and roll in dirt and then come in, and when I play with them my hands will be covered in dirt from them LOL All it does to just run them under water is make mud on my hands..not very clean. LOL :O)
• Singapore
7 Apr 07
Yup, you really need soap. :P
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@kelly60 (4548)
• United States
7 Apr 07
What is the point of washing if you do not use soap? It does not get your hands clean so there really is not much point to it at all. I prefer the liquid kind, and it has to be the antibacterial kind. I really hate it when I go into a public restroom and find no soap there. It also bothers me to see someone else leave the restroom without washing their hands.
• Singapore
7 Apr 07
I have seen many who leave the toilet after their business without washing their hands...
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@maryannemax (12170)
• Sweden
7 Apr 07
soap makes our hands dry. so, if we wash our hands with soaps all the time, result is our very dry skin on our hands. but nevertheless, i do wash my hands with soap all the time. i just don't let running water do it. i am not satisfied with just water alone. so, using soap makes me feel a lot more comfortable that my hands are really clean. and well, i just put on some lotion after to keep it soft. have a nice day!
• Singapore
7 Apr 07
Yup. ;-)
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@Asylum (48055)
• Manchester, England
7 Apr 07
I would see very little point in bothering to wash my hands if I did not use soap. Trying to wash without soap will simply result in wet hands, then when someone tries to dry their hands they will wipe a lot of the dirt onto the towel, which is not the way to keep clean. It also annoys me when someone turns off the tap while they lather the soap and then turn it back on with unrinsed hands, which leaves the tap in a disgraceful state.
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• Singapore
7 Apr 07
I always make sure I clean off the soap on the tap when I do that.. yes, I clean it off even for "public taps". Just a matter of responsibility, I feel.
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• United States
7 Apr 07
I ALWAYS use soap (as long as it's available). I remember in high school they never had soap in the bathrooms and i started a "campaign" cuz it was nasty not to have any. Imagine how many nasty germs were being transferred just because the high school was too cheap to provide more soap when it ran out. Water does nothing, lol you gotta have the soap to kill germs.
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• Singapore
7 Apr 07
We need more rebels like you. ^^
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@kaperkitty (1097)
• Canada
7 Apr 07
I wash my hands with Dial antibacterial at home and whatever is available when i'm out and i always carry purell should no soap be avaiable..i can't risk getting sick with a depleted immune system so i'm very careful..good question though i have see lots just do the splash and dash lol your bud Cheryl
@fatragu (349)
• United States
7 Apr 07
I wash my hands usuing anti-bacterial soap that comes in a pump when I am at home. When I am out and about I use whatever is available. I am also trying to teach my girls to wash their hands.
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@aprilgrl (4460)
• United States
7 Apr 07
Yes I do.I have always washed my hands with soap. I lke to use liquid soap it lathers more. I have seen some people don't use the soaps just water but I prefer to use the soap.It is just something I do everyday I guess you can say its a habit and a good thing too.
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• Singapore
7 Apr 07
Keeps your hands clean. ^^
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• Philippines
8 Apr 07
Yes I do and it is so essential to do it not only as a habit for it help us to be healthy, away from any sickness. To be clean make us feel good too for there is a saying cleanliness is next to godliness.
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@gabs8513 (48710)
• United Kingdom
7 Apr 07
Yes I do use soap , the same as I use Showergel in the Shower Water will not cleanse without Soap It would be like washing without Washing Powder or washing the Dishes without Washing up Liquid I will not use Bar Soap as I do not believe they are Hygienic I will only use Liquid Soap
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@DeaXyza (577)
• United States
8 Apr 07
Ofcourse I do not! Do not means not do not wash but do not ignore soap! Yeah all those lovely shaped bottles with even more attractive color soap solution I buy just for one passion wash my hands with and not to forget all those enigmatic smells mmmmmmmmmmmmm, delicious the vanilla one actually will make you think of a delicious cake. Infact they look (the bottles) so nice sitting on the sink counter that it invites everyone to try it once and if you try it once you will be hooked on to it! yeah they are that good infact you would do more things with your hands (just to soil them) so that you get a chance to use the liquid soap. I also once a while rely on other alternatives like the tissue paper when I am lazy after munching on a snack, it is much harder to make yourself walk to the bathroom to wash hands after eating popcorn, so on a little corner stands the proud tissue box waiting to be used, and I do not deny the box the pleasure of serving me well, so it does get used too! But when I am sick or coming down with something I not only wash hands many times I also keep a bottle of hand sanitizer and use it as often as possible. Thats me and thanks for asking! :)
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• Singapore
8 Apr 07
So you are actually excited about washing hands? :P
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@DeaXyza (577)
• United States
8 Apr 07
Mm hmmmm yes I do wizard I not only wash it several times I also remember to moisturise it afterwards!
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@liranlgo (5748)
• Israel
7 Apr 07
Yes, I wash my hands. But not always with soap. I found out that there alote of things that are better then soap, and from time to time I try a new thing. Example of this is are lemons, they do clean the hands well and leave a wonderful scent. Another example is a special ginseng blend, which is wonderful and does not leave the hand's skin dry. Similar to the toothpaste topic you posted, I am very pedantic about washing my hands, I can not understand people that ( like you described ), run their fingers through the water and are done, it is as they done nothing, and it can drive me mad. So next time you visit my house you should be pedantic about this special ritual.lol
• Singapore
8 Apr 07
Lemon and ginger? Wow...
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@liranlgo (5748)
• Israel
8 Apr 07
yes, most people do not know about those things.;)
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@Woodpigeon (3710)
• Ireland
14 Apr 07
Of course I wash my hands, and I even go completely crazy and use soap. Lordwarwizard, are you intimating that there is any possibility that after you have been digging in the garbage that you might not wash your hands? Say it isn't so!
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• Singapore
14 Apr 07
Of course not! :P
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• United States
8 Apr 07
well if I have to be honest . . . lol I do not always use soap, but then again I do not see why soap is always needed. There are sometimes like when you get crumbs or sticky fingers from eating or whatever and you just want to rinse off your hands quickly; then there are other times when you need to wash your hands for hygiene purposes and then soap is needed. So I will say it depends on the situation. I generally do not use the antibacterial soaps, and I use the pump soap containers in the bathroom and at the kitchen sink so you do not have to "handle" the soap and it is safe and clean for all to use. :o)
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@karvin87 (1034)
• India
8 Apr 07
washing hands is very necessary. You never know which bacteria is harbouring in your nails or around your fingers and some of these disease causing bacteria are resistant to water flow, So using a soap solution or a soap bar actually reduces the dirt and the bacteria harbouring over it. The chances of causing any infection is drastically reduced if you was your hands before and after eating. This is not a habbit for many to wash hands and so it is not mine too! Though I try my level best to remember and wash my hands before eating, but many a times a forget. I dont feel guilty about it, i think by eating more bacteria's my body is getting more resistant!!!lolz! but yeah , i do as and when I remember. I feel it is very important to wash hands.
• Singapore
8 Apr 07
Start feeling guilty, alright? Wash your hands!! :P
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8 Apr 07
Interesting discussion, had to respond. My wife says I wash my hands more than any person she has ever met, and yes I always wash my hands with soap. I probably average about 10-20 hand washings with soap a day. I dislike oil or anything else on my hands. I also have a sanitizing lotion at my desk and use it throughout the day to kill germs. I do not get sick often. I do observe many who do not feel it is important to wash their hands at all, and some who simply feel that running their hands under water for a moment is sufficient. Draven the Respectful Atheist http://dravenwriter.blogspot.com
• Singapore
8 Apr 07
That's quite a few times! :P
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@whyaskq (7531)
• Singapore
8 Apr 07
It all depends on where I am. Most of the times, I would be at public places. Do I trust the soap, either bar or liquid? No. I would rather trust my own eyes and hands. I will just wash with running tap water. This is the only time I ever waste water. I will first "wash" the tap first before finishing off if I need to turn off the tap manually. I could be panaroid. For soap dispensers, the liquid soap that is being dispensed sometimes appears like plain water to me, some even smells, and I am not sure if there are hand soap or just any washing detergent, which is harmful to the skin :P If it is oily, I have no choice but to use whatever soap is available. At most, I will find a more 'reputable' source where I will wash my hands again.
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• Singapore
8 Apr 07
Without soap, I really don't think your hands would be clean. Most of the liquid soap in public toilets in Singapore look, smell, feel alright to me. Of course if it a bar soap, I will do a case by case thingy.
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@zlesing (487)
• China
8 Apr 07
...lol...oh,you are right,I'm the one who simply turn on the tap,run my fingers through the water and are done within a few seconds...lol...Most of the time I'm cleaning for the sake of cleaning(but not feel guilty otherwise),but when my hands are getting very dirty,I will washing my hands with liquid soap(because I don't have bar soap),and done within a long time. I know that water alone won't get rid of oil ,dirt or bacteria,but since it's a habbit,it's hard to change at once.But now I will try my best to do the right thing that wash hands with a soap...
• Singapore
8 Apr 07
There! We have someone who is guilty! :P
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