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Hand hygiene

(15 Posts)
H1954 Wed 11-Mar-20 15:20:47

When did it become fashionable to NOT wash hands after using the loo? On countless occasions when using a public loo I have witnessed people flushing and walking straight out without bothering to wash their hands! Little wonder that we're in such a pickle now! Imagine all that bacteria on door handles, 🤢

I would sooner not use a public toilet but sometimes I have to, especially if I am out all day volunteering at events. I would not dream of neglecting to wash my hands and after leaving the toilets I always use hand gel.

It's basic common sense which I taught my daughters and in turn they taught their children.

BlueSky Wed 11-Mar-20 15:27:36

That's basic, same before meals as a minimum. This was drummed into me by my father when I was a toddler.

V3ra Wed 11-Mar-20 15:28:01

We were in a restaurant in France many years ago.
Open kitchen and one toilet that everyone shared.
The chef went to the loo then came out and carried on cooking.
My husband went to the loo then came back to the table and said we were leaving.
There wasn't a washbasin in the cubicle or anywhere near .... 🤮

jaylucy Wed 11-Mar-20 15:33:27

Mind you, the number of public loos that I have had to visit that only has cold water which makes it pretty pointless and just as bad, hot air hand dryers that you have to wave your hand under and hope they switch on, that then don't!
I always have tissues to hand to dry my hands properly - walking out with damp hands - bugs survive on damp skin .

SalsaQueen Wed 11-Mar-20 15:34:26

It's common decency and basic hygiene to wash hands before/after handling food, before/after eating, after using the toilet, after smoking, after sneezing, coughing or blowing your nose, after handling any kind of waste, etc.

I worked in the care sector for 20 years, and it was something we all did, as well as using disposable gloves.

Lyndiloo Wed 11-Mar-20 15:51:58

My grandson (aged 3) and I were washing our hands after picking him up from nursery. I started singing 'Happy Birthday'. "It's not my birthday," he said. On the second rendition he started to cry. "Me got no presents for my birthday," he wailed. It took me ages to try to explain. I'm going to have to use another song - any ideas?

H1954 Wed 11-Mar-20 15:55:13

What about "This is the way we wash our hands....."Lyndiloo? Supplement a few of the words to things he will understand........simple.

H1954 Wed 11-Mar-20 15:59:16

I was in the deli queue at the supermarket recently. Just a nano second before e Assistant asked me what I wanted she put her finger in her ear and had a good poke around; " What can I get you?" she said, I responded quite loudly so those behind me heard " Nothing thanks, I've changed my mind since I saw you scratching your ear hole "!!!!! Oh boy, did she blush!

annodomini Wed 11-Mar-20 16:24:42

"If you're happy and you know it wash your hands" would work for a toddler.

threexnanny Wed 11-Mar-20 17:47:18

We were in a restaurant for lunch while away for a few days some months ago. One of the waiters gave a huge sneeze into his hand. I fully expected to see him wipe his hand down his apron and carry on, but was most impressed when he not only went to a sink and had a thorough wash, but also used sanitizer after.

Missfoodlove Wed 11-Mar-20 19:34:33

I often leave a public loo without washing my hands.... as soon as I have left and touched the final door handle the sanitizer comes out though.
I just hate touching doors that may be contaminated.

SirChenjin Wed 11-Mar-20 19:46:23

I agree - it's something that was drummed into me as a child and something I do as a matter of course in the NHS.

However, I'm slightly perplexed as to how we're supposed to practice hand hygiene if we don't have ready access to soap and water given there's now a national shortage of hand gel?

SirChenjin Wed 11-Mar-20 19:49:46

I often leave a public loo without washing my hands

Why??? shock Hand sanitizer is better than nothing, but hand washing with soap and hot water is far better. You know you can do both?

Missfoodlove Wed 11-Mar-20 19:57:38

SirChenjin, I very often do both but sometimes it’s so grubby and dire I just get out quick.

SirChenjin Wed 11-Mar-20 21:13:55

Sorry - it's just you said you often leave a public loo without washing your hands so I took from that it was a very regular occurence.

I would urge anyone using public loos to use soap and water and wash your hands properly according to guidelines, both for your sake and everyone else using the loos.