Down the plughole and clean away.
All your troubles, fears and niggles – you can wash your hands of the lot.
Because now you can relax, knowing you’re healthy and safe. Time to enjoy getting on with your life.
Yeah, your health.
Without that, the whole world goes pear-shaped.
You can’t do your job, you can’t enjoy your food, everything is difficult and relationships go haywire.
Totally not nice when you can’t be yourself.
Your world, destroyed
And so easily taken away – by illness or accident.
Sure, nothing’s going to stop you from your next big achievement – you are determined, you’re going for it, you’re totally in the groove.
Then, boom – you get hit by a bus. Or you pick up an infection, out of the blue.
Nothing slows you down like concussion and a punctured lung. Or a screaming high temperature and the worst headache you’ve ever had – meningitis is not to be played with.
Either way, you’re out of action. Whatever was on your mind before now has no significance. Like it or not, the world gets put on hold until you recover. Only one issue faces you – the state of your health.
Which is where the plughole comes in. More significant in your life than you could ever imagine.
Because it’s down the plughole that germs go, when you wash them away. And if you’re ill from injury or infection, washing them away becomes a life-saving event. Warm water and suds going down, glug, glug, glug.
Because they take 99.9% of all the germs on your hands with it – escherichia coli, salmonella, clostridium difficile, campylobacter, MRSA, colds, flu, norovirus – the usual suspects around you every day.
Don’t think you have germs on your hands? Hey, with a life-threatening condition like you already have, the last thing you want is to add secondary infection. Sure there’s germs on there, they’re just too small to be seen.
Want a reality check?
So somebody feels sorry for you and brings you a box of chocolates. Expensive gift selection, but whoops, they got left in the car for a couple of hours – and this is the first day all year the temperature has gone over a mild 22⁰. Closer to 35⁰ in the parking lot.
The chocolate test
As you find out when the cellophane comes off.
Chocolate everywhere, right? Even with you doing everything you can to avoid it. Across ALL your fingers, not just the picky-grabby ones. On the backs of your hands too, and on the box, over the sheets and the bedside table, with more tacky paw-marks all over things you don’t even remember touching.
That’s what germs are like. They get everywhere. And they don’t wipe off. They’re there until you get serious and head for the bathroom.
They don’t rinse off either – you have to do it properly. Actually get the soap out and lather up. That separates the stuff chemically from your fingers – kinda like making the water super-wet, so it does its job better.
The same thing happens to germs, tiny though they are. The soap makes them detach easier, so there they sit, milling around in the basin with everything else. Pull the plug and they’re gone – bye-bye infection risk.
Paper towels better
You still have to dry your hands, so there’s several million other germs clinging to your skin until you do.
Which is why paper towels are so good. The wiping action scrapes the germs off and then you chuck them away – safely into the bin, if you didn’t get them with the plughole. Much better than cloth, which stays moist after use – exactly what germs like to breed and multiply further.
It doesn’t take a bus or meningitis to wake you up to this truth either.
Whatever we’re doing, most of us are waltzing around with up to 10 million germs on each hand anyway.
Add the fact that we also touch our faces all the time too – like 2,000 – 3,000 times a day – and germs get a good old go, invading us through the soft tissue of our eyes and mouth.
Always at risk
Count on it, unless you make a serious habit out of washing your hands every time after you’ve been to the loo, or before you eat food – you’re risking exposure to just about every illness on earth. Only your body’s own immune system saves you – which it probably does, thousands of times a day.
Far better to send germs down the plughole. You’ve got things to do and a life to live. Who wants EXTRA worries about how well you are on top of everything else?
Besides, when you’re fit and healthy, worries get easier to handle, don’t they? A major mission with a busted rib, but a breeze when you’re whole again.
So, the plughole is ready. Better get the soap out.
Like we said, troubles, fears and niggles – you can wash your hands of the lot.
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