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Cali Doll
05-26-2010, 09:17 PM
The mere thought of public restrooms make me cringe. I try and hold it as long as humanly possible whenever I'm out in public. I even make pit stops at home to use the bathroom (bypassing all public restrooms) if I'm out for a long time during the day.

The thought of people's shoes (especially non-germaphobic people) walking all over my apartment carpet makes me sick. :o "Take off your shoes!!!"

If I have the misfortune of being in a public restroom, I automatically feel filthy and I feel like I need to shower (sometimes I try not to breathe!)

I don't like touching garbage cans (public or otherwise). I avoid touching them at all costs.

Sharing food (which happens a lot within my group of friends) takes a bit of mental-prep and resisting of the urge to scream, "Nooooooooooooooo!!!". I do NOT share drinks, though!!!

I could go on...

Hi, I am a germaphobe. Anyone else? :D

(I do like kissing and I have a dog that I clean up after so I am somewhat normal. lol)


ddc
05-26-2010, 10:51 PM
I wash my hands alot and make my kids wash theirs alot also.
Public restrooms--I always use those seat covers if they're available or put down toilet paper on the seat to sit on. I never could do the "hover" over the seat. Though I'm sure that's a good exercise-lol.
I never touch the door handle after washing my hands. I use my paper towels to open the door.

lizziep
05-27-2010, 03:37 AM
massive germaphobe- and illness-phobe. every time i eat out i am counting down the typical 3 hours it takes to get food poisoning before i can relax. constant hand sanitizing. i even have cleaned the bathrooms and showers at work because i don't think they do a good enough job!
i don't know when it happened, when i was a kid i used to share ABC gum with my friends. now i basically have to be drunk for me not to flinch when other people touch me.

oh god saying it all out loud makes me sound totally sick in the head. and i'm totally not like that at home with my husband either. i guess those are our germs so they are okay?


Cali Doll
05-27-2010, 07:49 PM
Glad i'm not alone! :-)

Wannabeskinny
05-28-2010, 08:04 AM
I'm a germaphobe when it comes to food prep. I'm always making my husband wash his hands and sometimes I feel like when people sit on my couch I get paranoid about the germs. We only sit on the couch with our PJ's on because I fear that our street clothes carry too many germs, mainly from the subway. I try not to think about it too much because the more I think the more paranoid I get. You must learn to relax, germs are not our enemies, they're there to protect us. All the good bacteria around us is working feverishly to eat the bad bacteria and so long as you're not sick that means the good bacteria is winning.

A note about taking shoes off. As a germophobe it is a major pet peeve of mine when people make me take my shoes off in their home. Ewww! Especially in homes where they have dogs. Double eww!

Cali Doll
05-28-2010, 08:21 AM
A note about taking shoes off. As a germophobe it is a major pet peeve of mine when people make me take my shoes off in their home. Ewww! Especially in homes where they have dogs. Double eww!

LOL! I've never thought about that. Funny. Still, though, the bottoms of shoes (that go into public restrooms!!!)....just ewwwwwwwww...

Glory87
05-28-2010, 12:04 PM
I have absolutely no germ phobic leanings. I have a tiny bladder and use public bathrooms all the time. I wash my hands, but don't get all crazy about it (don't use a papertowel to open the door or whatever). I don't wash off shopping cart handles, I never use hand sanitizer. I'm also rarely sick. I do cut meat and vegetables on different cutting boards, but I don't get all crazy with sanitizing with bleach or anything, just throw them in the dish washer.

I would never ask someone to take off their shoes in my home. My beloved stepfather who died last year lost part of his leg in Korea. He always wore a brace around his calf that attached to his shoe. He literally would not have been able to take his shoes off while a guest in your home (at his house, he wore a very sturdy slipper with his brace).

Glory87
05-28-2010, 12:07 PM
On another message board, there was a very long (multiple pages!) debate over shoes on vs. shoes off in a home (and with guests in a home). For one of my pet peeves and bugaboos, one of the "shoes off" people said they kept slippers for guests to wear in their home. That made my gag meter rise big time - I would NEVER share socks/slippers with someone else, that's how you get toenail fungus (which is the grossest thing ever and very very very difficult to get rid of). So, see, I have issues too :)

sacha
05-28-2010, 12:11 PM
I'm the complete opposite :) I think that lifestyle has touched me with immunity, I spent a lot of time in 3rd world countries drinking the water and never got sick :D

mandalinn82
05-28-2010, 12:23 PM
Yeah, another "complete opposite" here. I get sick maybe once every 2 years (and I work from home, meaning my immune system gets very little practice and is a little bit down anyway). Germs are everywhere - both the places you think about (like public and private restrooms) and the other places you touch every day (door handles, telephones, kitchen sinks, wet laundry, computer keyboards). The types of germs you'd pick up in those places are just as bad as those you might pick up in a restroom, and it's impossible to avoid touching everything.

What I find interesting about the shoes/no shoes debate - presumably, if someone has taken off their shoes off in your home, they're going to the restroom in your home with no shoes on too, right? Then walking out all over your carpet with your restroom germs (after all, its not just public restrooms with germs...and private ones are cleaned way less often than public, which are often washed down 2-3 times a day with antibacterial cleaners).

junebug41
05-28-2010, 12:43 PM
I have a habit of washing my hands whenever I come home; I LOVE to clean and the smell of a clean house, but I share cutting boards and I HATE hand sanitizer. It just makes my hands feel more dirty for some reason.

I also don't get sick, so I must not have too many disgusting habits.

mandalinn82
05-28-2010, 12:55 PM
What's interesting is that, of the 12 germiest places you are likely to encounter on a semi-regular basis, most are in your kitchen, and none of them are public restrooms (except airplane bathrooms, which are a special case).

http://living.health.com/2008/03/12/the-germiest-places-in-america/

For example, most people who worry about germs get grossed out by trash cans...but your kitchen sink is way germier. You'd be safer eating a carrot you'd dropped in the trash than one you dropped in your sink. I'm really careful with my sink now, making sure it gets washed/sanitized and that I don't set anything down on or near it. But I don't worry about bathrooms.

Cali Doll
05-28-2010, 01:11 PM
What I find interesting about the shoes/no shoes debate - presumably, if someone has taken off their shoes off in your home, they're going to the restroom in your home with no shoes on too, right? Then walking out all over your carpet with your restroom germs (after all, its not just public restrooms with germs...and private ones are cleaned way less often than public, which are often washed down 2-3 times a day with antibacterial cleaners).

It wouldn't bother me at all. I know that I haven't peed all over my bathroom floor.

Their socks are going to be less germy from one visit to my bathroom than their shoes are from visiting any number of germy places.

I lay on my carpet a lot (exercising or whatever). I don't think it's too much to ask to remove your shoes. Of course, people who cannot remove their shoes wouldn't be expected to.

Funny thing is, I don't actually ask people to remove their shoes when they enter my place (I think it, though). I just take off my own shoes when I come in and I have several pairs of shoes near the door. When people enter my place, they usually just remove their shoes.

mandalinn82
05-28-2010, 01:13 PM
It wouldn't bother me at all. I know that I haven't peed all over my bathroom floor.


Make sure you close your toilet lid every time you flush, and so do your guests! An open toilet lid sprays germs from the toilet over a 5 foot radius in your bathroom. Pee on the floor would actually be safer (pee is icky, but generally pretty sanitary. Unlike the fecal bacteria that sprays out with a toilet flush).

Cali Doll
05-28-2010, 01:14 PM
I HATE hand sanitizer. It just makes my hands feel more dirty for some reason.

Agreed. I don't like using that suff.

Cali Doll
05-28-2010, 01:15 PM
Make sure you close your toilet lid every time you flush, and so do your guests! An open toilet lid sprays germs from the toilet over a 5 foot radius in your bathroom.

Oh trust me! I. Know. LOL!! ;) :D I have a friend that comes over and DOESN'T close the lid! It drives me bananas!!! I wonder if there's a way to ask her to do it (without sounding *****y or crazy)

EZMONEY
05-28-2010, 01:18 PM
Speaking from experience...when guys pee standing up...and we all do...it splashes out!

goodforme
05-28-2010, 01:29 PM
In the absence of infection, urine is sterile. (I had to ask my doctor after my nephew got me right in the face!! :barf: )

The whole bathroom at my house is less than 10 feet in diameter, and our toothbrushes live on the side of the sink, which you can rest your elbow on while sitting on the toilet.

Wonder how many germs I've ingested from my own toilet while brushing my teeth? :o Thanks for the tip, Mandalinn!

nelie
05-28-2010, 01:31 PM
I'm an anti germaphobe.

mandalinn82
05-28-2010, 01:42 PM
Wonder how many germs I've ingested from my own toilet while brushing my teeth? Thanks for the tip, Mandalinn!

I think more to the point, though, is that you've been doing it for years, and haven't gotten sick, you know? We're surrouded (SURROUNDED) by bacteria. For every cell in your body, you carry about 10 bacterial cells. The bacteria you carry just on YOU would fill a half gallon milk jug. And the world is covered with bacteria and viruses...no matter what you do to avoid them, you can't.

I worry about the types of things most likely to make me sick (germs from meat in the kitchen sink, for example, or surfaces when someone in my house is sick). I really don't worry about the rest, because there's no way to prevent contact. And I find that the things people get really worried about (toilet seats, for example, resulting in a whole toilet seat cover industry and "hovering", which is actually more likely to make you sick than sitting on the uncovered seat, because you can't fully empty the bladder and that puts you at risk for UTIs) aren't the things that are dangerous (bacteria per square inch on a public toilet seat - about 49. Bacteria per square inch on the telephone at your desk? About 25,000).

DhaniCauldwell
05-29-2010, 12:15 PM
I am a BIG germaphobe. I carry hand sanitizer with me everywhere, avoid public restrooms at all costs, and try not to touch door handles.

:queen: Dhani :queen:

JulieJ08
05-29-2010, 12:38 PM
I'm never sure people's bare feet all over my carpet is an improvement on their shoes all over my carpet.

Another one I've heard about is that the bottom of purses are usually very germy, and then get set onto coffee tables, kitchen tables, and kitchen counters. Or the floor or sofa you lie on.

Cali Doll
05-29-2010, 12:42 PM
I am a BIG germaphobe. I carry hand sanitizer with me everywhere, avoid public restrooms at all costs, and try not to touch door handles.

:queen: Dhani :queen:

:-))) :hug:

EZMONEY
05-29-2010, 04:35 PM
Angie and I went to the produce market this afternoon. We were in the aisle with bulk items on one side and the snack crackers, etc. on the other. While Angie was looking for her little crackers I look over and see this....

A mom with 2 little kids...each with a prune in their hands out of the bulk barrel...

and

I see a lady reach into the pinto beans, grab a handful, lift them to her nose...smell.... and replace in the barrel :mad:

Then I say in my semi-loud EZMONEY voice...."Hey Babe, I'm not sure what the scoops are for in the pinto beans....evidently you're supposed to reach in with your dirty hand and grab 'em".....

Angie gives me her..."keep your voice down"... look.....

which I know very well thank-you ;)

I just looked back and said "You don't even want me to tell you about the prunes!"

Now then, if I needed pinto beans I still would have got some...we boil those things anyway...

and if I needed prunes....which I don't thank-you :)....I would have got some of those too.

And boy you should have seen the dog hair in the canister from when I vacuumed today :D

Angie and I would love a nice clean carpet....but it ain't gonna happen in our house...not with these dogs...and way too many kids running through with cleats, skateboards, grossed out tennis....through the years....

chickybird
05-29-2010, 06:01 PM
EZ, I can just see you saying that! I would have done the same thing, lol!

EZMONEY
05-29-2010, 06:27 PM
EZ, I can just see you saying that! I would have done the same thing, lol!

Seriously! I wonder what the lady thought the scoop was for? And what is with smelling the pinto beans anyway...aaarrrggghhhh

And I bet the other lady with the two kids thought those prunes were giant raisins!

Be good

chickybird
05-30-2010, 10:57 AM
I don't consider myself a germophobe--I teach special education pre-k so I'm always wiping noses, tushies, etc, lol! But handling food with your bare hands in a grocery store and then putting it back on the shelf is gross!

Dagny18
05-30-2010, 11:15 AM
OMG-I am so glad I am not the only one!! I've been thinking that I was "weird" or something...
ok, so here are my odd habits. I don't know when they really developed, I think recently but am not sure why.
I feel like I have to shower every day before bed. My feet must be cleaned especially if I wore socks and shoes...I read somewhere that there are alot of germs in socks at the end of the day! And if I used a public rest room during the day, I definitely feel I must shower...
I will not sit on the floor in my pjs. I will not sit on my bed in anything other than my pjs. It freaks me out when my mom puts things on my bed like clothes or stuff she picked me up at the store...I am not sure why. It totally freaked me out when she watched a movie in my room one day, she sat on my bed and SMOKED!! arg! I think I changed my sheets that afternoon...
I think slippers and footies are so cute...I bought a few but can't bring myself to wear them more than once. I keep thinking they must have germs on/in...
I hate walking on the carpet in my shoes. I hate it when my mom walks in my room in shoes...eeww
Even my Pilates mat freaks me out!!
I'm sure I have other weird habits/fears...but these are all I can think of right now...

lizziep
05-30-2010, 06:45 PM
that article on the "Dirty dozen" pretty much gave me a panic attack. thanks. lol.

there is a fine line between wanting to be healthy/clean and obsessive compulsive. not sure where i fall on there- worse then most people and not as bad as some i guess.