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Sunday, December 25, 2005

Marketing Strategy or Science?

“Germs” are just a myth created by the soap manufacturers, I’m convinced. “Microorganisms” that are invisible to the naked eye? I think you mean evil spirits that cannot be washed away by lathering one’s hands.

OK, I admit. I’m a germaphobe. I wash my hands so frequently and so thoroughly that my hands are constantly chapped. If I stop washing my hands, will I and those around me fall ill more frequently?


  • yes and no. it's typically prudent to wash your hands after touching money - you don't know who used your benjamin when re-enacting the movie blow.

    however, you don't need to use 'antibacterial' soap, you just need to use soap and hot water, adequate friction and rub the soap into your hands for bout 15-20 seconds before rinsing (try singing one verse of yankee doodle). it's friction that rubs out germs.

    i could probably talk about when you should wash your hands, but with you being a germaphobe and all, you probably already know that part.

    and eucerin makes an awesome unscented hand cream for those chappy hands. :)

    i always over-talk.

    By Blogger heatherfeather, at 5:38 PM, December 25, 2005  

  • Maybe those little bottles of hand-sanitizer will work better for you? They moisterize and clean in one go? I used them in India ALL THE TIME.

    By Blogger Astrid, at 12:15 AM, December 26, 2005  

  • Yeah, I always hate handling cash money. It strikes me as being replete with harmful microorganisms.

    The antibacterial soaps have deleterious effects similar to antibiotics - they kill the weaker pathogens, and the stronger bacteria multiply and become more virulent!

    By Blogger Matthew, at 3:52 AM, December 26, 2005  

  • Don't you wish you had four arms so you could use one set of hands to handle money and another set to touch your food? You'd hardly have to wash your lower hands at all. You could eat and go to the bathroom, count your money and make me some pancakes and even shake someone's hand and floss at the same time too. Man, I need to get me some science so I can grow an extra set of arms. Anyone have some science I could borrow?

    By Blogger hal the brown, at 7:59 AM, December 26, 2005  

  • hal, i think i got some science for christmas - i'll never use all of it.

    By Blogger heatherfeather, at 10:49 AM, December 26, 2005  

  • Are handsoap and hand-washing facilities not readily available in India?

    By Blogger Matthew, at 2:53 AM, December 27, 2005  

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