Is it optional?
If you don't wash your hands after using the restroom in public, should you react when people give you dirty looks?
Perhaps it's optional in the privacy of your home but in public it's best to wash your hands. Not only because you have just used the bathroom, but in addition to that, you have been touching a lot of germy stuff in public.
ETA: Yes, you're allowed to react.
Last edited by mommytoMR.FACE; 08-05-2012 at 11:32 AM.
Well you're always allowed to react, if that's the question.
If the question is "Should you wash your hands?" then it's yes.
If it's "are you allowed to react?" then yes to that too.
Laurie, mom to:
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Yes to both.
Should. Like I'm allowed to wear spandex, but definitely shouldn't.
Should you react or ignore the dirty looks or comments?
I don't say or do anything when I see women and their kids walk out in public without washing, but at work I've actually said something (and found out the girl thought sanitizer at her desk was the same thing).
I just don't think washing hands should be socially optional and it seems like there are a lot of people who do.
I'm confused. If I don't wash my hands and someone stares me down, should I try to justify not washing my hands or give them vulgar looks back?? lol i don't know I guess if didn't have an ounce of embarassment in me to not feel bad about my lack of handwashing.
Mama to 5 Honey Bunnies
I read some crazy funny statistic site thingy that said on average you come in contact with 12 pubic hairs every day, that are not your own. Just today we were in Winners and both kids on separate occasions said they had to pee. I do ALL the touching when we're in public bathrooms. Undies and shorts down, prop up on the toilet seat and hold them so they don't have to touch it, then wash like I'm about to perform open heart surgery and use the paper towel to turn off the tap and open the door. Yeah, I don't go through all that at home, but jeez louise I certainly am disgusted by public bathrooms.
While I think it's gross not to wash your hands, I still think it's optional.
It's also optional to give someone the stink eye (or say something to them) if they don't wash their hands, but I don't really see what the point is. I'm pretty sure that most people know they're supposed to wash their hands after going to the bathroom, so I assume that they just don't care.
I'm sort of amused by how many people are totally freaked out by germs in a public bathroom though (not just on this thread, more IRL because I think literally ALL of my girlfriends are of the "don't. touch. ANYTHING" mindset.) I just think that literally everything you touch every single day is covered in germs and bacteria, and most of the time our bodies' defense systems are able to deal with it just fine, so it seems like a pointless waste of anxiety to worry that much about it.
Yeah, actually seeing nastiness splattered is pretty squick-worthy.