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    Mythbusters just did a test on that very thing, but I have not looked at the recording to see what they found out yet.
    I saw that episode.
    They found fecal matter everywhere in the house.
    Most of it at the kitchen sink.

    They concluded it was nothing to worry about.

    Is it on your toothbrush?
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    One reason why Terry is because some people, won't wash their hands, and if you ever watched a kid wash their hands, it can be useless. So, they go to the bathroom and then, go to the kitchen get something to eat, they carry the matter everywhere they go. I seriously, think a study should be done testing the steering wheel that would be amazing!

    And, just imagine, how many people eat while driving... yuk. Can you imagine the germs on that steering wheel? Especially in the summer heat.

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    I have seen a study (or something that may resemble one) about the bottom of women's handbags. Talk about filth carriers!

    Cookie, I used to lick clean the mustang's steering wheel!





















    well, maybe not but I wouldn't be afraid too.
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    Default Solutions to some of life's gnarly little problems...

    * Close the lid before flushing

    * Wash your hands after "going"

    * Wear gardening gloves when using a gas pump

    * Clean your steering wheel (dash, handbrake & gear shifter, too) with sanitizing wipes - also your phones, computer, etc.

    * Use knuckles instead of fingertips to push elevator buttons

    * When out in public, don't touch your face

    * Use a paper towel to open the door after washing hands in a public restroom

    * Wash your hands immediately when you return home from anywhere

    * Don't wear outdoor shoes inside your house, why in the world would you want to spread filth on your floors

    I could go on and on...

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    Yep, a woman is not supposed to put their handbag on the floor in the bathroom, now their is a problem. The hooks to hang it is on the back of the door, and it is kind of scary to think someone could reach inside and take it, while you are not in the position to readily spring to action. I refuse to sit it ontop of the tampon box! no no no, and I am not really happy about sitting it ontop of the toilet paper holder either, where everyone's hands are going. So, what does a woman do? She hangs it around her neck, and we must be the site. If you can think ahead, it is best to spread some paper towels on the floor, that works.

    I saw that show where they tested the handbags. I wasn't happy. I no longer sit it on my buffet.

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    Default Auto Flush in public restrooms

    What I am most concerned about in this discussion is not about the toilets in my homeor most toilets in general. What I am most wary of, and I have only encountered them at work, are the automated valves on some the toilets (most of the urinals have auto-flush). The toilets at work don't have lids, so there is nothing to close. So, if I MUST use a stall, and the toilet has a regular lever, then I open the stall door, flush, back away immediately then leave as soon as I'm sure everything has gone down. As soon as you get off the seat on the ones with auto-flush, the toilet flushes and there is no way to get away from it. I can smell the chlorine (actually our water provider uses chloramine) and can feel the air turbulence caused by the flush. One time I nearly got splashed when the toilet blew a bubble (don't want to add fuel to the fire, but it was from a new American Standard Afwall... and to soothe the spirits, the urinals in that particular restroom are Toto - I'm surprised the cheapskates spent money for Toto when the Eljer Correcto seems to have been the urinal of choice (and those do stink))!!!

    Where I work, there is always something going around. People come to work sick because they are afraid of getting a bad rating at the end of the year or losing their jobs; except now, close attention is being paid to H1N1, and those people are required to stay home. There are now Purell dispensers throughout the site, and I use them. But the bathrooms in general are dirty, and the the most heavily used ones reek despite attempts at cleaning.

    But it gives me the creeps to be confined in one of those stalls and have the toilet flush without being able to back away from it.

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    Like I said, I try not to overthink these things. But the thing that maybe I find worst is the floor around urinals! It is usually floating in pee! And no matter how hard you try, I just know that stuff is being tracked out of there throughout whatever building, and back home! So we don't go past the front door with shoes on.

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    Default You're right about the floors!

    YES, Jimbo... you are absolutely right about the floors! Whenever I have to use the "on line restrooms", there is usually "pee" all over the floor in front of the urinals. Thankfully I don't carry it home on my shoes, because they are encased in cleanroom booties. However, the stench in our lovely facilities is covered up by a strong fake summer flower scent from the deodorant, which isn't used anywhere else in the factory (and ought to be).

    If I can avoid public restrooms, I do. But with a 12 hour shift at work, it's impossible.

    Now... to visit my CLEAN facilities before I head to bed!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jimbo View Post
    Like I said, I try not to overthink these things. But the thing that maybe I find worst is the floor around urinals! It is usually floating in pee! And no matter how hard you try, I just know that stuff is being tracked out of there throughout whatever building, and back home! So we don't go past the front door with shoes on.
    No shoes in the home is a good habit. Friends and family get yelled at (by the wife) if they walk in the house with their shoes on. We did this before we had Belle but that is especially important now, little ones that drop stuff on the floor and apparently follow the 300000000000000 second rule.
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    Glad your not my customer...you would have to look for another plumber...I remove my shoes for nobody...I do not want other peoples germs directly on my socks or feet...then put socks back into shoes and a nice warm humid environment allows things to grow...

    The last time I did remove them I was on a call and stepped in pop that had spilled on the kitchen floor...That was the last time they came of in a customers home...never again...

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    Yup, time to go back to the no flush models

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    What I can see eventually happening is this. Someone puts their arm in it and someone from the other side opens it. I shiver to think...

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    Quote Originally Posted by achutch View Post
    What I am most concerned about in this discussion is not about

    But it gives me the creeps to be confined in one of those stalls and have the toilet flush without being able to back away from it.

    achutch
    I never thought about that, but you are absolutely right in my books. That is creepy when you think about it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cass View Post
    Glad your not my customer...you would have to look for another plumber...I remove my shoes for nobody...I do not want other peoples germs directly on my socks or feet...then put socks back into shoes and a nice warm humid environment allows things to grow...

    The last time I did remove them I was on a call and stepped in pop that had spilled on the kitchen floor...That was the last time they came of in a customers home...never again...
    I would respect your wish to not take off your shoes but then if you don't have "booties" then you would not be my plumber.

    And my house (contrary to my wife's opinion) is super clean 23-1/2 hours a day.
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