Monday, March 1, 2010


Germaphobe:  Any person who is obsessed with cleanliness and defeating bacteria. These individuals will turn on faucets with their elbows and hand sanitize on an hourly basis.

ie. Danny Tanner (Full House)

Tiffany was such a germaphobe she wouldn't even eat a skittle off the carpet, though it was well within the ten second rule.

I have my moments of "germaphobe-ness", and I definitely think it's getting worse...or is it getting better?  Based on the description above, I am a full-fledged Germaphobe!  Being a Dental Hygienist, I am of course obsessed with "cleanliness and defeating bacteria" especially in the mouth, I see one patient per hour so I am washing my hands on an hourly basis, and we turn on our faucets with a foot pedal.  Outside of my Germaphobe status within my career, I have to admit that I...
  • sanitize the shopping cart handle before entering the grocery store
  • do not touch the escalator rubber rail
  • use a paper towel to open bathroom doors
  • flush public toilets with my foot
  • push open other business doors with my back or my forearm
  • sneeze / cough into my arm
  • wonder where the hand I just shook was last (Finger up a nose?  Hand covered in snot from a sneeze?)
  • and I used my hand sanitizer on my 3D glasses when we saw Avatar (they just looked dirty)
Wow.  "Hi.  My name is Amanda, and I'm a germaphobe!"

This craziness also crosses over to my fruits and vegatables.  I must wash it all, and water alone is NOT good enough for me. I imagine people sneezing into their hands and then massaging all the tomatoes to find the perfect one, or picking a boogie and then rummaging through the broccoli.  Not to mention all the E. Coli madness that happens several times a year relating to produce.
This Fit Fruit and Vegetable Wash is my lifesaver!  According to their website...

"Fit Antibacterial Fruit & Vegetable Wash kills 99.9% of harmful bacteria -- like E. Coli, Salmonella sp., Staphylococcus aureus, and Listeria – that have been associated with food-borne illness... Fit is 100% Natural, and unlike chlorine or other harsh chemicals, is completely safe to use. Fit rinses away clean, leaving no aftertaste or smell…just the taste and nutrition that nature intended.  Fit is the only produce wash certified Kosher by the Orthodox Union, certified vegan, and recommended by the American Vegetarian Association."

I bought my little spary bottle of health at QFC in the produce section, but I think it's available at most grocery stores. I "spray and wash"  my produce when I get home from the grocery store, so it's ready to go when I am (except for things that will get soggy like strawberries and mushrooms, I wait to wash those).

Today, you may have learned something new about me...or just formed new opinions :) 

*** I forgot to mention the fact that this fruit and vegetable wash removes waxy buildup and pesticides.  I totally don't want to be eating that!  It is even recommended to be used on organic produce ***


  1. So what about a little puppy name Goose licking up your nose or in your ear? How do you feel about that? :)

  2. Haha! El, for some reason that's ok :)


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