I’d always thought I was relatively clean.
Sure, if put under an Obsessive Compulsive Cleaner’s spotlight, few prizes would be won but, I get the job done.
Imagine my shock then as COVID-19 came on the scene, and many of my gross practices came to light. Today I’m sharing five of them :)!
1. I Washed My Hands Like A Pro… Only Not
Yes, I wash my hands regularly and did so before the pandemic. In fact, you’d probably be hard-pressed to find someone who washes their hands as often while cooking for example. This comes from a mixture of growing up Caribbean, and hell, just wanting to. However, I’ve been washing them wrong for years!
I discovered this while watching a clip from a hometown talk show. The health professional broke down how to use those twenty seconds of hand washing properly. When he finished, I was floored. So, I tried it.
I washed the regular way and added scrubbing the middle of my palms, flipping them over and scrubbing vigorously between my fingers – the works.
Truth? My hands never felt cleaner.
2. I Picked My Nose A Lot More
Not publicly. Never that. But I did. Read the title again and with it, feel my deep shame.
Here’s the thing – I didn’t notice I did this, but I must have. In effort to stop touching my face as often, I became hyper aware whenever I would. I also became pretty conscious of the usual nose debris gathering hour after hour. How? To answer I’ll have to admit something else . . .
I got a clue as random green muck would fly from my nose at will. Putting two and two together, it occurred to me that this was because of untouched buildup. “But Jackie,” I said to myself, “you didn’t pick your nose much to begin with.”
Only I did, I just never noticed.
3. I Never Wiped Groceries Off After Buying
Why would I? We all know groceries that everyone touches are the cleanest things ever!
Sarcasm aside, I literally never even thought about cleaning them off. I didn’t think about people peeing, not washing their hands, then touching everything I was about to. I didn’t consider all the nose pickers, sneezers, and other bodily fluids spraying on to waiting fruit and meat.
I didn’t think about it at all.
Now I do.
4. I Used the Same Kitchen Towels… 7 Days Straight
I really could have done way better with this one. But again, I didn’t really consider it an issue.
Our home is cleaned top to bottom once a week. That’s vacuuming, mopping, etc. Otherwise, there are mini-cleans in between. When it comes to kitchen towels, there are three in action at any time. One for dishes, another for hands, and of course surfaces. I thought I was on top of shit with this line-up.
While I changed cloths if they got dirty in between, if I deemed them worthy, I’d wait it out till the weekly wash. That was gross. Germs probably festered happily, while I stayed oblivious.
Now I switch at least three times a week. Doesn’t take much off me, and it’s much cleaner :).
5. I Spat On Everyone & Everything… A Lot
Say something. Anything. I’ll wait . . .
Most likely you just exhaled droplets as you did. When we speak this happens, just like with coughing, and sneezing. Technically it isn’t really something any of us can just stop doing – hence wearing masks, etc, to prevent contamination with respiratory infections.
I hadn’t thought about this either. Rarely I’d have an extra glob dribble out when over excited (spit-takes anyone?), and these are usually pretty obvious. Generally though, who focuses on those little microscopic droplets?
With social distancing it’s easier to be aware of this. Now I think about it even when speaking to the people in my living circle. We’re all spitting at and on each other, and every thing else, every time. Might not be able to stop it, but it’s made me willing to wipe surfaces, knobs, and other things we’re constantly touching, way more often.
That’s my quickie round-up of my grossness pre-pandemic. To be honest, I’m glad it’s highlighted these practices for me, so now I can do better :).
What gross things did you do?
Share in the comments :).