No, because after touching them I wash my hands. Now I could understand being paranoid about touching the handle of the outer door after washing them, and I know some people do the thing where they use paper towel to do it. I prefer it if there's a door you don't have to touch but otherwise I try not to worry. There are so many things in public places (hand rails on escalators, buttons on lifts and at traffic lights, seats on buses) that are probably at least equally covered in germs. I just wash my hands before I eat and try not to think about it.
Firstly,I only use public toilets if I absolutely have to,Secondly,the ones I use are forever being cleaned by staff,and they are as clean as ,if not cleaner than,many toilets in people's homes!!!! I think that touching money is a far more germ-laden exercise!!!
Yes because germs are easily shared. If you observe people you will notice that a large number don't wash hands at all. Tests revealed a massive extent of human waste on things like door knobs and shopping trolleys and money.
It offends me to see people serving food in a shop with the gloves on to handle the food but then they take your money and give back the change while still wearing the gloves. They then process the food. Why bother with the gloves at all. I purchased a prepacked heat and eat from my local one day when in a hurry and was very sick as a result. Never again.
Only if there is no soap. Most of our public bathroom taps are push taps that run for ten or fifteen seconds then turn off so you don't need to touch the when you're done. I the avoid the door handle on my way out.
I am absolutely paranoid about this..I use my clothing to push the button and open the door, also they have proved there is faeces on taps also so I try to touch these as little as possible, using a tissue or hardly touching, use my elbow sometimes....I guess I am a tad over the top but happy with it myself..
Absolutely Yes, I have a really weak bladder, so I have to use public toilets when I got out. Can't help it. I use a tissue to flush and open the door. Luckily most of the taps are automatic ones, so I don't have to worry about closing them ( though I hate that so much water is wasted by using these taps). I use tissue to open door and the trash it outside in the closest trash can.
I'm probably not as fussy as I should be - but then again, I don't recall ever getting sick from using a public toilet. I always shop in the same vicinity and I know where the cleanest toilets are. There are some I won't go near! If I have to go in a strange place I will check all the cubicles first and pick the cleanest-looking one. A small pack of wet-wipes in the handbag are always handy in these situations.
No, doesn't bother me, I am not a germ phobia person, there are many other things that have germs too for those that are, sneezing, ATM machines, Handrails,,Elevator buttons, Grocery cart handles, Restaurant menus, Money from a cash register, Light switches, Salt and pepper shakers in restaurants, Salad bars, Exercise equipment, Water fountain handles and that is just in public places!
It never used to bother me until I worked as a hospital administrator on a ward with very sick elderly patients. then I really got to understand the importance of hand washing and just how many germs are lurking around. I now use toilet paper to press the flush button, wash my hands and open the door with paper or my sleeve, keeping it open with a foot to throw any paper a away.
Not really. I always wash my hands so don't have anything to worry about. If the door looks particularly grubby, I have been known to use a paper towel to open it. It's not a regular thing with me though.
If surface is DRY, there should be no bacterial problem. Hands are washed after. New ablutions blocks in shopping centres are pathways, so no doors to open after hand washing. If there are, just use paper towel you've used to wipe hands, or a tissue, & dispose of at next waste bin. Also can use your own sanitized hand wipes you carry always in bag!
Yes. I rip off a piece of toilet paper to turn the lock and also to press the button. I very rarely sit on the seat either but if I have to I put down paper on the seat. I will also wash the tap handle while I'm washing my hands so that when I turn it off I'm not back to square one! I really dislike public toilets and will only use them if I'm busting! And if there's a bad smell when I walk in....forget it! I'll go look for another.
Yes me too, I just HATE the handling of food/money with gloves! What's the point of wearing the gloves? I wish I could make myself point this fact out to the deli workers! Why don't the food inspectors notice this problem, when there doing the deli rounds?