Do you wash your hands with soap or use antibacterial gel after a toilet visit?
Bit grim maybe but I'm intrigued. I work in a serviced office and 85% of the guys use antibacterial gel after going to the toilet but no water or soap. It's quicker basically. I always use soap and water to make sure my hands are clean but is it acceptable to use either? What do you use?
I religiously wash hands using soap to the tune of happy birthday - once the song is done, so are the hands. I will use the waterless jells when I'm on the sales floor or anywhere else - but in the bathroom, it's soap and water. Can't stand people that use public restrooms and walk out without washing, that's just plain gross - I don't care if they say they will use a waterless jell later.
I much prefer gels to soap simply because if you use a bar, you might as well rub your hands in the toilet bowl. Whenever I'm at my mum's she always has lotion to wash one's hands with, mostly because she's a nurse and could go on for hours about how many germs there are on a cake of soap as opposed to lotion. But here at my dad's its soap, and I'd much rather just use water on its own than a block that's used by several people.... yuck!
That's interesting I hadn't thought of it like that. I have a liquid soap at home simply because I find it lasts ages. I always assumed the property of soap acts as an automatic bacterial cleanser even if others have used it but won't debate a nurse!
You'd be surprised how much bacteria survives on a bar, and why pay for something that disintegrates in two weeks, when you could get a bottle for the same price that lasts two months? ^^
I use whatever I have in the bathroom but I prefer soap. I like to run my hands under water after washing them because it makes me feel cleaner. However, if I am at somebody else's house or a place with a lot of people I prefer gel.
I am a lady and always use soap and water for 20 full seconds of scrubbing and a rinse. This is recommended by doctors and others in the medical field and using hand sanitizer is recommended if no water and soap are available. If you are one of those who washes their hands a couple dozen times a day or more it's recommended that you alternate using hand sanitizer and soap and water to prevent excessive drying of the hands. This option typically applies to those in restaurant service industry, health/medical professionals, etc. Overuse of gels however, can lead to excessive exposure to the chemicals in them and excessive drying of the hands.
You might be surprised by the number of both women and men who don't wash their hands at all or do so improperly. I find that disgusting because they inevitable go around touching things that other people must touch, transferring all manner of germs to adults and children.
I never knew about the exposure to chemicals in gels, voted up! I think if people were more aware of ways to wash hands with signs in each bathroom of public places, our world could be far more hygienic.
Some great information here I didn't know! Thanks for your insight:-)
Liquid soap is the best choice in public places & at home in restrooms and sinks that visitors use. I'm happy to spread the word & not germs
I use soap and water after use the toilet but the problem is public toilets are always out of soaps! So, had to depend on water only. At home, both !
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