Friday, December 19, 2014

What Happens When You Eat Without Washing Your Hands? The Results Will Shock You

Don't care to wash your hands before eating a meal? Sometimes, we often are in a hurry or are too hungry that we often don't think of taking those extra few minutes to wash off, but after seeing this, you might want to reconsider.  

This picture, posted by a teacher, Courtney Lee Simpson, on Facebook shows just how important handwashing can be.


She wrote along with the photo,

"To all my teacher friends this is the grossest yet coolest experiment. I did this while teaching about germs and how they spread. You use three pieces of bread. You let all the kids see you put a piece of bread in a baggy with a glove on hence "controlled" then you wash your hands and put a piece of bread in a baggy for "clean" last but definitely not least you pass a piece of bread around and let every kid in class touch it then you put it in a baggy and label it dirty. Watch how the bread changes over time due to germs. It is so cool and a great way to teach the importance of hand washing."

This, my friends, is why they say to wash your produce as soon as you get home from the grocery store. Think twice before biting into that apple on the way home. Think of all the people who have touched that apple with their dirty hands. Now, think about what they have done with those dirty hands... Jesus, I do not even want to know. 

As a mother, I am constantly wiping butts, cleaning vomit, and such so I cannot fathom what some others are doing.

Now, let's step away from food for just a minute. Think of all the things you touch on a daily basis that countless others have touched that day as well:
  • fuel pump at the gas station
  • ATM
  • vending machine
  • shopping carts
  • bathroom stall locks & doors
  • money
  • toilet seats
  • phones
But, what if I were to tell you that some things that only you touch can be even more contaminated than the list above?

Your purse contains more than the average toilet seat, according to a new study from Initial Washroom Hygiene, a hygiene and washroom services company in the U.K.

According to an article in Women's Health magazine,

"Researchers swabbed and tested the surfaces of and the items inside 25 different handbags and compared the results to separate data on toilet hygiene. They found that the dirtiest part of the bag is the handle—it carries more bacteria than the average toilet seat—and that one in five handbags contained enough bacteria to be considered a health risk. As for the itemsin the bags, bottles of hand cream were the worst offenders. They were also more germ-infested than the average toilet seat but generally cleaner than purse handles.

Part of the problem is that people often forget to clean their handbags—both the exterior and interior, says Donna Duberg, assistant professor of clinical laboratory science at Saint Louis University. And that gorgeous leather bag that you lusted after and splurged on? Thanks to its texture, it’s basically a breeding ground for bacteria, she says."

Always wash your hands-even if they are NOT visibly dirty. Please pass this photo along, share it, and show this photo to your family, friends, or even your kids and teach them that the nastiest germs can sometimes go unseen.

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