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- This fucking thing. Seriously, why? You're about to wash your hands, why do you care what's on the soap dispenser? Are we all so hell-bent on turning into Howard Hughes that we're actually worried about this?! Check this out for a more piquant viewpoint.
- Sounds like someone's never been to a public washroom.
- (1) Even in a public bathroom, it still doesn't make sense; you're touching the thing to get soap out of it to wash your fucking hands. Once you've got soap in your hands, who cares what's on the soap dispenser? (2) This isn't meant to be used in a public bathroom. This is meant to be used in your house.
- (1) Sure, who cares what's on the the soap dispenser... other than the next person using it? I'm generally not a fan of the public washroom experience, but that doesn't make me Howard Hughes. Wearing tissue boxes on your feet and avoiding handshakes at all times, now that's Howard Hughes. (2) I know it's for home use, so again, other people are using it.
- I get what the OP is saying. You're about to wash your hands, so who cares what you get on your hands BEFORE you wash them? No matter who the next person using it is, the intent of putting soap on your hands is to wash them, so they will wash the soap pump germs away.
- It's nice to know other people realize this stuff. Seriously, most of the products out there that are supposed to get rid of germs in incredibly stupid places are just well, stupid. Germs are everywhere people, they're not going away any time soon.
- It's also worth noting that overuse of antibacterial products starting in the late 1990s is what's led to the epidemic of antibiotic-resistant bacterial infections (MRSA) AND the skyrocketing rise in children having MULTIPLE non-pollen/-dust allergies.
- Previously, if someone got a bacterial infection, they were prescribed a simple, first-generation antibiotic (e.g. penicillin) and told to keep the site clean with soap and water. Because of MRSA, now these infections have to be addressed via super-powerful antibiotics that cause the user to be severely ill and, in increasing instances, surgery to remove the infection site(s).
- Little children (not babies but toddlers from 3 years old and on) who have developing immune systems need to be exposed to a normal amount of germs in order for their immune systems to have something to fight off, so their immune systems can develop and get stronger. If the environments they're raised in are devoid of these germs, their immune systems have nothing to fight off, so they end up turning on their hosts, i.e. those little children. They do so by picking up on the things these children are exposed to on a regular basis and making these children allergic to them, so the immune systems have something to fight against.
- Who was the company who first capitalized on parental fear of bacteria and caused this glut/overuse of antibacterial products (beginning in the late '90s) by the same fearful parents? Lysol. It's in Lysol's best interests to cause people to be afraid of things that we shouldn't be afraid of (and using automatic hand soap pumps doesn't make sense in a home setting where you're only exposed to your family's germs). If you're afraid, you're buying their products to calm your fears. Basically, Lysol is directly responsible for the increase in MRSA in the United States AND the rampant spread of childhood allergies amongst children brought up in the late '90s - 2000s. So, to make a long story short, Lysol is not to be trusted.