As I looked at my hands the other night … starting to dry and crack with the dry Fall air, it made me wonder just how many times per day I wash my hands. I wash them several times during meal preparation, after every diaper change, after every trip to kid-infested (I mean, germ-infested) activities, and the list goes on. Then, there are the times my hands are in water for long periods—washing bottles and dishes, bathing kids, and my own personal hygiene (which, sadly, doesn’t add up to much time).
So yesterday, I kept track. Not including the many minutes my hands were in dish water or bath water, I washed my hands 33 times. Everyone knows washing your hands will dry them out, but here’s the Crap No One Tells You … as a parent, your hands will be in so much water you may develop athlete’s foot under your wedding band. Lovely.