This is going to be a good one, kids! First of all, I’d like to acknowledge that poop and pee are gross, and I’m not going to talk about them in this post other than when I just mentioned it just now.
Now that that’s over, it may seem as though I’ve gone off my rocker with this one. And while you are absolutely right, it doesn’t detract from the fact that at the very least, I’m encouraging cleanliness.
And yes, I do wash my hands after the bathroom because it’s necessary and I don’t want my mother to think she raised a vagabond. But that’s not a fun reason. So these are the fun (real) reasons I do it.
5. It’s fun to test out the power of the dryers.
If you see a powerful dryer and you aren’t psyched to wash your hands, you suck at life and don’t have fun. There is no greater joy than watching your skin spread apart and make fleshy mountains because the dryer air is coming out at such a rapid pace. Don’t tell me you’ve never put your face under it. You have or you will. End of story.
4. Someone else is doing it.
You cannot, I repeat, cannot be the person who walks out of the bathroom while someone else is washing their hands without washing yours. You may think you won’t ever see that person again, but low and behold, you’ll be making eye contact all the way down the elevator because he or she followed you out after your hasty, non-clean exit. And there will be judgment. So much judgment.
3. It takes up more time.
Half the reason I go to the bathroom is to avoid doing work or being where I am supposed to be. Waiting for a date? Bathroom break. Bored at work? Bathroom break. Awkward sex scene while watching a movie with my parents? ABSOLUTELY going to the bathroom. Washing your hands adds a few more minutes on to that time frame where you can just escape the awk and enjoy the situation.
2. To reaffirm my hatred for motion-sensored and push-button faucets.
Like, really, what the hell, world? You really think that humans over the age of five can’t be trusted to turn on and off a sink? Why are you deciding how much water I need? My hands are dry and they lather soap rather aggressivley and I don’t think that your stupid push-button faucet allows enough moisture to really get all the suds off and complete the task. LET ME DO IT MYSELF.
1. Because I’m scared if I don’t someone will ask to smell my hands after I leave and will know that I didn’t wash them and then I will be forever branded as a nomad or social pariah who doesn’t adhere to any sort of societal norm or personal hygienic regimen.
This is a very real fear that eats away at me every day. Whenever I think I can escape the bathroom without washing my hands I think of a scenario where someone immediately comes and smells my palms after leaving and I am found out for how disgusting and gross I am. That fear outweighs the one of germs and other disgusting things that will happen to me when I didn’t wash them because I was just supposed to do so.
Why do YOU wash your hands after the bathroom?