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Old 04-13-2017, 07:54 PM   #6
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People sometimes ingest harmful organisms that can make them sick. Whether that contamination actually does makes them sick or not, some live organisms may pass through the digestive system and be excreted. Peoples hands can become contaminated with those live organisms while wiping. They may contaminate their food when they handle it and subsequently reintroduce the organism into their system when they eat it. Hand washing helps prevent the fecal-oral route of contamination from occurring.

If you handle your belt before washing your hands, you should be safe as long as you don't use your belt as an eating utensil. If you wash your hands and then handle your belt again, wash your hands again. Any harmful organisms that may have been transferred to the belt will eventually die off. You probably don't need to wash a belt unless it develops an odor; however, as a matter of esthetics, belt fiber dingleberries are not a positive fashion statement.
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