Hand-washing isn't cut-and-dry

  • Article by: AIMÉE BLANCHETTE , Star Tribune
  • Updated: December 31, 2012 - 5:06 PM

Paper towels might not be better for the environment, but they are better at warding off germs.

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erikj3Dec. 31, 12 8:13 PM

It astonishes me how many people don't wash their hands after going to the bathroom. At home is one thing (as long as I don't have to live there), but at work, school, restaurants, etc, it's just gross. Wash your hands, people!

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suefranpatDec. 31, 12 8:27 PM

From what my dad tells me, it's a guy thing (not washing hands). I don't see women not washing their hands but I am sure there are some that don't. Reasons escape me.

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smarterthanuDec. 31, 1211:09 PM

"Happy Birthday" has been proven insufficient to truly get your hands clean- experts now recommend "Stairway to Heaven" or "Freebird", including the guitar solos.

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jastkeJan. 1, 13 8:15 AM

smarterthanu has the right idea, but the true test is Mahler's fifth symphony.

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roymercerJan. 1, 13 8:44 AM

Don't touch doorknobs or elevator buttons, both huge incubators of disease.

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amyj1001Jan. 1, 1310:23 AM

If I have to wash my hands somewhere that only has an air blower hand dryer, I put my sleeve (or skirt if I am wearing one) over my hand and open the door with that. I definitely don't touch the door handle.

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turgidJan. 1, 1312:21 PM

roymercer "Don't touch doorknobs or elevator buttons, both huge incubators of disease." - one tip for buttons during cold and flu season - use your knuckle to tap them instead of your finger tip.

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george13Jan. 1, 13 2:59 PM

If you're really in a hurry the Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald will do, but also use Purell as soon as possible.

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grandmajJan. 2, 1311:46 PM

But the sanitizer MUST BE wiped off after you rub it in or you RETAIN the germs that the paper towel with washing would remove too. Learn the high kick, open the door with your foot, then quickly stick a leg in the door to bump your way out. A method I learned when carrying groceries into the house, use my foot/knee to open the door. Think, arms/hands full of groceries, 2-3 toddlers, etc and you get creative. Was at Menards tonight, used the BR, stepped aside so an elderly (70s) person could get to the sinks, I said hello, let me move a bit. Got a LOOK and she walked out the door. Was obvious by noise in stall, SHE SHOULD HAVE WASHED. Our family was at 'family' over New Years weekend who promptly shared the P&C flu, they did not feel well but did not want to cancel. Well, one of my sons lost his 4 days of holiday pay cause he had to leave work today. Rule is you must put in full day post holiday pay to be paid. HOLY CRAP....So he went, contaminated several, called me and I gave HOLY H, told him to say in BR, have supervisor call the safety officer to see he could not perform his duties...BUT NOT. HR said go home but you loose 4 days pay. I hope he shook hands with one of them, or at least breathed on them. He should have never been there! I told him to tell his boss if he passed out, call an ambulance. Safety record....CRAP on that. Employee passing out on the forklift? OSHA would be there.

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wa0tdaJan. 3, 13 6:05 AM

In restrooms where there is a choice between air dryers and paper towels, there is no contest - everyone uses the towels. I've always thought the verbiage about sanitary effectiveness and preventing paper waste on those dryers was bogus nonsense. I have never been deafened by a paper towel and it works even without power.

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