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Poll Results: In your house do you wash hands before you eat? (Check all that apply)

This is a multiple choice poll
  • 47% (61)
    No, not usually-Only if visibly dirty/ just changed a diaper/ handled raw meat/ some other gross thing
  • 21% (28)
    Yes, when we remember to do so
  • 15% (20)
    always, for all three meals and snacks
  • 14% (19)
    yes, even at restaurants
  • 0% (1)
    Yes, but just the kids
129 Total Votes  
post #21 of 33

I'm terrible about washing hands. If I just wiped a butt or handled raw meat or did something stinky or dirty I'll wash them, but otherwise I don't really think about it. I teach in a school where the kids are expected to wash their hands or use hand sanitizer before lunch, but I never do. And my family is lucky in that we tend to deal with fewer illnesses than many people I know.

post #22 of 33
We're not big hand washers here. I'm extremely NOT germophobic, I guess. I wash, and make the kids wash, after any contact with poo. And I'll wash, and DH will, after handling raw meat or eggs, or changing cat litter, or anything else gross like that. That to me is standard. And I do make the kids wash before dinner if their hands are visibly grimy. But I'm not too consistent about that. The only time I'm crazy about handwashing is when there's a GI virus in the house-- I am rabidly vomit-phobic, and I lay down hardcore sanitary regulations at the first sign of puking or diarrhea. And yeah, probably we would avoid catching at least some of the viruses, if we were maybe more consistent about handwashing in between times. But probably they'd catch stuff anyway-- I can't keep their hands out of their mouths the whole rest of the day.
post #23 of 33

It depends on what we've been doing. I've usually wash my hands while or before cooking dinner. Sometime DD has just washed her hands because she's been painting or playing with glitter and glue. We do usually wash our hands at restaurants because of how nasty door nobs get. We live in a dry sort of cool climate so there aren't a lot of parasites in the dirt in the back yard. When I lived in a warmer, subtropical, climate we always washed our hands after playing with dirt.

post #24 of 33

I don't specifically wash before eating or have dd wash before eating.

We do wash our hands after doing messy things or using the bathroom. I  have dd wash her hands after playing outside even if they do not look grimy. I wash my hands when I come home from the store. I wash my hands a lot before and during cooking.

We don't get sick often.


 

 

 

 

post #25 of 33
It is possible to be a handwashing freak but not a germaphobe? Because I think that's me.

We have picked up daycare's habits: we wash hands after the bathroom and before eating, always. We wash hands after coming in from outside or whenever we arrive somewhere (coming home from school, entering a restaurant, etc.). I wash hands after shopping ("coming home" rule) and again after putting everything away (icky groceries rule). I wash hands after wiping snotty noses. And cooking? Oh gosh, I wash hands, wear disposable vinyl gloves, then wash hands again. I'm a handwashing maniac!

But I swear, some days it feels like half of my food has hit the floor or been drooled on before I eat it. I consider baby drool to be harmless most of the time, even if she's actively fighting a cold. And I bite my nails, which I know is pretty much the germiest habit in the world. So I don't know why I wash my hands so much, honestly. smile.gif
post #26 of 33

Not a germ-phobe, but a hand-washer.  When I was growing up, "Wash your hands!" was the call to dinner.  Also was taught to wash after using the toliet and before food prep. Since I've moved to HK and had kids, I also  now practice the "wash hands on returning home".  My DH and M-i-l thinks helps to prevent spread of respiratory illnesses as well. Makes sense, lots of illnesses can be spread by sneezing or coughing droplets which can live on the surfaces of elevator buttons, hand-holds on buses and subway trains, etc.

 

 

 

post #27 of 33

I don't think of myself as a germophobe, but I probably fit the profile :)  We wash hands upon returning home from the library, or grocery, or wherever we were.  We wash before eating--especially at restaurants or at a public place.  I would guess that I wash my hands about 10 times a day.  My kids, probably between 5-10. 

 

post #28 of 33
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Originally Posted by MadiMamacita View Post

We've had some fun "washing hands after using the bathroom" threads but this is a different sort of handwashing question.

I have worked at several childcare places that require kids to wash hands before eating. I am always curious how many people practice this at home.
Do you do it before every meal? Just kids, or adults, too? What about eating out/at a friend's house? Snacks, too?


Yes, always. Everyone.  It's called having manners.  The thing is, most of the time there is something on your hands throughout the day, even if you've blown your nose or picked a stone out of your shoe.  I often bend over to pick up something that was on the floor and even though my floors are clean, they're not sanitary.  I cannot even fathom someone going to a table without first washing up.  I mean... how much effort does it really take?  1 minute and a little bit of soap and water.  I am absolutely not a germaphobe at all.  Dd has not been sick in about 2 years and I'm the only one that came down with a mild cold this winter.  I don't care at all about getting dirty, but washing hands before eating is absolutely a must in this house. 

post #29 of 33

We wash after the bathroom always, and after something gross/dirty. Always with food prep as well which the kids help with often. If one of those times happens to be around mealtime then great, otherwise it is doubtful handwashing will occur. I'm not opposed to it (usually, story in a minute though) an yell for kids to wash up here and there, but on the pre-meal checklist I am running through in my head with usually 3 children talking or screaming at me, handwashing just always seems to get left off. I somewhat remember being much better at it when I had less children.  I'm not big on constant handwashing or antibacterial stuff to begin with.

 

I was taken back today. We were at a birthday party where the kids play in the gym  for an hour (this is at the local gymnastics center) and then eat, do cake, presents. We were all walking to the room where these parents had the food set up, and the birthday girl parent's literally had the door blocked, they gave you the option of taking a clorex wipe or walking down the hall to to bathroom to wash hands. Now I could see a general loud announcement of "food time! 5 minutes to wash up!" or something, but they were policing every single person who walked through the door, like visually checking for wet hands or that the wipe were being used before allowing access into the room. There was a small childish part in me that wanted to rebel at being treated like a child instead of an adult and do something like wipe my hands, and then cough into them after being granted access. whistling.gif

post #30 of 33

I have a habit of putting my hands on my face or in my mouth, so I always keep my hands clean enough to eat with regardless of whether I'm eating. This usually means that I don't wash right before a meal.

post #31 of 33

No, I don't have any specific routines to hand-washing.  I'm not a germaphobe so I really only wash hands or ask DD to wash hers if they're visibly dirty or we've been doing something that would make them icky.

post #32 of 33
Quote:
Originally Posted by velochic View Post




Yes, always. Everyone.  It's called having manners.  The thing is, most of the time there is something on your hands throughout the day, even if you've blown your nose or picked a stone out of your shoe.  I often bend over to pick up something that was on the floor and even though my floors are clean, they're not sanitary.  I cannot even fathom someone going to a table without first washing up.  I mean... how much effort does it really take?  1 minute and a little bit of soap and water.  I am absolutely not a germaphobe at all.  Dd has not been sick in about 2 years and I'm the only one that came down with a mild cold this winter.  I don't care at all about getting dirty, but washing hands before eating is absolutely a must in this house. 


So just curious -- to you or others that feel this way -- what exactly do you think will happen if you don't wash your hands before eating??? (I don't mean that in a challenging way or anything! Just genuinely curious about the thought process behind this!)
post #33 of 33

No specific hand washing routines here. Like others have said, we wash our hands after they are visibly dirty, we've been around sick people, or after using the bathroom. I specifically cannot wash my hands as frequently as might be considered optimum by so called germaphobes. It exacerbates the psoriasis/dermatitis I have on the palms of my hands when I wash them too much! Especially with the soaps that are in public restrooms, they are way too harsh. I have to use a very mild soap. I sure hope DS doesn't have this problem too.

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