As children, our parents have nagged us all, time after time, “Wash your hands,” following the use of the bathroom. However, the number of adults that do not wash their hands after using the bathroom is a lot more than you think, leading the number of men.
Although the amount of contaminated germs that are found in the bathroom is not as high as the kitchen, it still is a large port for illness-causing bacteria skulking everywhere waiting to be shared sending it on its long journey. The simple task of washing your hands can eliminate most of these germs to keep from spreading them to everything you touch. Besides, it is not like your urine is sterile and would you really want that as a flavor added to your next meal?
Maybe this has to do with the fact we forgot how important it is to do so. “Keeping your hands clean is one of the most important steps we can take to avoid getting sick and spreading germs to others. It is best to wash your hands with soap and clean running water for 20 seconds. However, if soap and clean water are not available, use an alcohol-based product to clean your hands. Alcohol-based hand rubs significantly reduce the number of germs on skin and are fast acting.” (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, http://www.cdc.gov/cleanhands)
Really, try to notice around you in the bathroom at school how many people walk straight into a stall, do their business and walk straight back out. The numbers will surprise you and the people that are around you the most are the ones that don’t. So don’t be surprised next time someone doesn’t want to shake your hand.