About 15 years ago I got to thinking about this How to wash your hands shirt handwashing habit and decided it was a waste of time. My logic was that with public door handles and handrails, my hands were getting contaminated anyway by other people’s uncleanness and that my hand washing was a waste of time. In any case, a little bit of extra stress on my immune system would be good for me (I thought). I expected that for a short time I might have some negative reaction, but it would soon wear off as my immune system reset itself. I stopped automatically washing my hands after restroom visits and sure enough, I regularly started to have very minor stomach upsets. Not the sort that you’d take a day off work or change your social habits, but certainly more bodily gurgles and farts, and (most noticeably) “softer” No. 2s, verging on diarrhea.
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This was not all the time, probably two or three days a week. So five months in, How to wash your hands shirt I decided to start washing my hands again after restroom visits. The stomach upsets stopped within a couple of days and I am back to my old self. I continue to be thorough about washing my hands after every visit to the restroom. I don’t know whether washing your hands after a restroom visit is specifically removing contamination picked up in the restroom, or whether washing your hands several times during the day removes general contamination picked up during the day.