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Controlling Infectious Disease: A Handwashing Dilemma

So I’m at work the other day and I see this Glade bathroom air freshener sitting in a bathroom and it hits me: What’s the appropriate bathroom air freshener protocol? I know everyone should always wash their hands when they use the restroom to help control infectious disease, but having a touchable canister of bathroom air freshener instead of an automatic air freshener made me think:

Should I wash my hands before I spray the bathroom air freshener or should I spray the air freshener before I wash my hands?

You just never know what’s on the spray nozzle of these manual  bathroom air fresheners. So do you wash your hands and then spray the air freshener out of common courtesy for others and not trust that others have done the same and then wash your hands again? What’s the protocol for this? Take the Bathroom Air Freshener Poll and put the controversy to rest once and for all. The world wants to know.

*This blog post was originally published at The Happy Hospitalist*


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