With the Swine flu going around so much this year, I try to avoid germs in public places as much as possible. When I go to the grocery or department store, I use the moist towel dispenser and wipe down the cart before I use it. Then I wipe my hands off. It may sound a little OCD, but it's better than getting sick.
By Laurie from Portland, OR
I don't think that what you do is at all compulsive, I think it's smart. I also use the cloths at the market and have trained myself (hard, but necessary) to wash my hands in hot soapy water whenever I come in from having been out shopping or meeting. The flu is so contagious, and everyone from the head of the Federal health department down to the emergency room doctors say that the very best way to dodge the virus is to wash your hands. My skin gets drier, but I just use hand cream more often. May we all be healthy this winter.
Doesn't sound compulsive to me either! Not only do I wash down the handle of my cart with a cleansing cloth on the way in but also take an extra one with me for during shopping and take another on the way out to wash my hands after loading the groceries in my car. It's not just flu we have to worry about but also MRSA and Hepatitis!
You are right and not compulsive at all! We have one grocery chain in our town that provides the antibacterial wipes and it is a nice touch. We wipe down the cart handle and our hands. Everyone should do this, especially people with kids. Babies love to put their mouth on the cart handle! uggh! I also keep hand sanitizer in my car and use it after pumping gas, etc. Think of how many people have been there before you! Any business nowadays that doesn't provide plenty of soap and towels in their restroom is being so negligent. Ok well, have a nice day!
Most large grocery chains have a number of sanitizing wipes available for the public. Keep on the look out for these at my local krogers for ex. They are at the entrance where the buggies are, the meat dept and there is on in the deli where the clerks put out samples. These are great I use them all the time.
Also, with everyone concerned with the flu I am seeing them on the buses and many major retailers. Although, I always keep a bottle in my purse along with a small spray bottle of rubbing alcohol to quickly wipe counters and tables off in public. The sanitizers I buy at a local dollar tree. $1 for a large bottle you can't beat that. Cheaper than baby wipes.
I also keep hand sanitizer in my car and always wash my hands in hot soapy water as soon as I come in the house. I also always try to use my own pen at the bank or the grocery store. However, I do all this and I still got the flu two weeks ago. Four days of feeling really bad. You can't avoid it completely. However, it had been years since the last time I had the flu.
Mum and I were rather worried about the flu problem so we used hand sanitizer all the time - even after having washed our hands if we go to a public rest room we use hand sanitizer as I have seen people go through the doors after having used the rest room without washing their hands at all. I also use my hand sanitizer before eating when I'm out and also you need to clean your bag or purse as surfaces carry a lot of germs.
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