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Washing hands and over cleanliness over-hyped?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created March 30, 2013 at 6:35 AM

According to this website these are the numbers of germs found most on household items

  1. Toilet bowl: 3.2 million bacteria/square inch
  2. Kitchen drain: 567,845 bacteria/square inch
  3. Sponge or counter-wiping cloth: 134,630 bacteria/square inch
  4. Bathtub, near drain: 119,468 bacteria/square inch
  5. Kitchen sink, near drain: 17,964 bacteria/square inch
  6. Kitchen faucet handle: 13,227 bacteria/square inch
  7. Bathroom faucet handle: 6,267 bacteria/square inch
  8. Bathroom sink, near drain: 2,733 bacteria/square inch
  9. Pet food dish, inside rim: 2,110 bacteria/square inch
  10. Kitchen floor, in front of sink: 830 bacteria/square inch

http://listverse.com/2007/10/05/top-30-spots-for-bacteria-in-the-home/

Now don't you think that if we dropped a piece of food on the floor we could take these bacteria on, maybe even be beneficial for our body to combat these pathogens and learn to recognize same with washing hands before you eat? Now I know there's probably an exception if you've been doing some dirty stuff, but doctors and such pretty much infer to do it every time before you eat.

There are trillions of bacteria in our body. 1,000 bacteria is a billionth of this! Now I do realize their are some super bugs out there and dont recommend dipping your finger in the kitchen sink then picking your nose as this does cause easy access to your body, I'm mainly talking about eating bacteria.

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on March 31, 2013
at 12:24 AM

I've seen updates like this. Never quite thought of it that way though. I have some friends that need talking to!

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on March 30, 2013
at 10:16 PM

MAJOR pet peeve: people use their phones in the bathroom (according to the near-monthly "I dropped my phone in the toilet" updates from friends), then proceed to text while eating. Blehhh. Thanks for transferring your nasty bacteria into my lunchroom.

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at 06:18 PM

Spongey...why hast thou forsaken me?

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135e21209a0034559f9d2372cceeac67

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on March 30, 2013
at 03:14 PM

Lists like that one would make people afraid to move. I wouldn't be surprised if someone working for the Clorox company compiled that list to boost sales:-) In any case, we eat and breathe bacteria daily and have been doing so since we came out of our mother's wombs. Hell, I still believe in the 5 second rule if I drop food on the floor. Some things are just too damn tasty to let go! We "take these bacteria on", as you say, whether we want to or not and we're all the better for it. I used to be an antibacterial soap addict. Washed my hands before using the bathroom (I don't know where I've been!) and after. Before and after eating and so on and so on. Guess what? I was sick more often. It wasn't until I kicked that crap to the curb and learned about our need for bacteria in order to keep out immune system up to speed that I began to feel better. I can honestly say I've not been sick for about 2 years. By the way, if you drop food in the bathroom, the 5 second rule no longer applies. Just throw it away. And besides...why would you bring food in the bathroom anyway?!

135e21209a0034559f9d2372cceeac67

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on March 31, 2013
at 12:24 AM

I've seen updates like this. Never quite thought of it that way though. I have some friends that need talking to!

46d2d71df39b4a6336df6d8307b25d87

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on March 30, 2013
at 10:16 PM

MAJOR pet peeve: people use their phones in the bathroom (according to the near-monthly "I dropped my phone in the toilet" updates from friends), then proceed to text while eating. Blehhh. Thanks for transferring your nasty bacteria into my lunchroom.

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on March 30, 2013
at 03:34 PM

Yeah, I'm not a handwashing freak anywhere except work (dental office, so yeah, patient grimies). At home, I wash my hands after I have done something that is yucky, like cleaning my cat's litterbox. I wash my hands right before preparing food. That's about it. I also don't go around with a can of Lysol fumigating the place on a regular basis.

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