Admittedly this is my main area of ocd-ness. However it's really only when I'm out and about in pubilc places, and I'm not preoccupied with keeping my own place (my cubicle, my apartment) sanitized. Basically I know how unsanitary a lot of people are out there, and if they're touching everything that I have to touch, I don't want to get whatever nastiness they left on a surface. I figure my spaces are fine, as I'm generally clean, so I don't have a need to keep it uber-sanitized using crazy chemicals, seeing as if I'm the only person using it it should be fine.
And, I rarely get sick, so I feel like there's something to my habits.
I don't bother with using wipes in stores, but after I'm done being out and about, shopping, etc, I often wash my hands or use sanitizer.Do you keep wipes on you, or use the sani-wipes at the grocery store for your cart?
I use the back of my hand (pinky finger side) to turn the faucet off, and use a paper towel for door knobs.Do you refuse to touch sink handles after washing your hands, or the door knobs for that matter?
No, I'm fine using them, and have been in a multitude of not-very-well-kept public toilets overseas, and have seen and used tons of latrines/outhouses while hiking. I've also gone on multi-day camping trips where I've just had to dig a hole. I'm fine with that stuff -- I just have a thing about keeping my hands clean and not actually touching public surfaces with my skin if I'm able to avoid it.Refuse to use public toilets?
I use my foot; at this point that's probably more habit/laziness, though.Refuse to flush a public toilet with your hand? (where you kick your foot up to hit the flush button... )
No, I've never used lysol. Just soap and water if I'm cleaning counters.Do you Lysol everything in your house?
No kids, but if I had them, no, they wouldn't live in a sanitary bubble and I wouldn't start using lysol or anything like that. I don't want them to in consequence get lousy immune systems or allergies once they're out in the actual world. Plus, there's no point in trying to keep them 'clean', as kids crawl around on the ground and all of that. Basically if I had kids I'd have to adjust my own 'norms'/ definitions of what's ok.Are you not particularly picky about yourself, but your kids sort of lived in a sanitary bubble when you had them?
Nah, I'll go to buffets. However not the really shady ones (i.e. many chinese ones) because I've gotten upset stomachs on more than one occasion from them - I don't blame it on germs with the buffet itself though (utensils, surfaces, etc) - more bad food prep.Won't go to buffets because you've watched nasty shows before that showed them being nasty?
Also: I definitely get an internal EWwww factor when it comes to hotel rooms / specifically bed covers/blankets, as I know in most places they don't wash those. AND, I know what people do on them. But, it's not gonna kill me, so I just suck it up.