Tuesday, February 16, 2010

A Nation of Germaphobes

I keep seeing this commercial for a little gadget that pumps your soap for you. The commercial goes on and on about how germs will collect on pump for your hand soap. Now, I don't know about you, but you know what I do immediately after touching the pump on my hand soap? I wash my hands! Well how about that.

Seriously, I've gotten used to everything being automatic in public bathrooms, but now we're doing that in our own homes? What is the point of automatic soap dispensers when we're just washing our hands after touching them? Sure, keep your auto-flushing toilets, auto-sinks, and auto-dispensing towels. But soap? Soap? Next you'll see auto-towel dispensers for the bathroom. I mean really, you keep drying your hands on the same towel for days on end? You know how many germs are in that towel?

My best friend is quite a germaphobe. She's one of those that uses her foot to flush and won't touch the door after washing her hands. But even she isn't like that in her own home. She knows that she keeps her house clean, so she doesn't have to be afraid of touching everything.

I think the true reason for all this auto stuff in our bathrooms isn't cleanliness, but laziness. We're too lazy to flush the toilet, too lazy to pump out our own paper towels, or just pull the stupid things out. What's next, a toilet that wipes for you?

If you can't tell, I didn't catch on to the anti-bacterial gel thing, either. I figured I grew up just fine without it, I can keep going without it. I do use the stuff. It is handy when camping with boy scouts to clean hands before cooking the dinner everyone will eat. The animal shelter I volunteer at uses it to avoid spreading any illness between animals. But you don't need to use it in place of soap. Even my sister (who obsessed with anti-bac gel after the birth of her first child) has admitted they don't really use it anymore. It's hand for those times when you can't use soap and water, but otherwise, soap works just as good if not better.


I think this blog was a good idea. I feel better having gotten that out. It's been bugging me for days.

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