The Purell line of sanitizing products must be a gold mine. We’re all more conscious of hand-washing and sanitizing these days, with even grocery stores getting into the act. And that’s all good: have you seen the reports of e. coli on those shopping carts?
And don’t even think about how many baby bottoms have been in those wire seats. Yes, yes, I am still the girl who sanitizes after the sign of peace at Mass.
I also like that handsoap now comes in pumps, so that sharing a soggy bar of soap in a guest bathroom is no longer necessary.
But there’s no explanation for why some things catch on and others don’t. Case in point:
Like everyone else, I have an artful little arrangement of lovely terrycloth towels hanging on my bathroom rack. Here’s the current look:
But when I have guests, I put out pretty, disposable bathroom guest towels, like these:
They’re attractive, and, I thought, guests would appreciate having their own, single-use hand towel. But for some reason, guests won’t use them. They prefer the towels I have hanging for “decor.” Now, I don’t mind them using those towels, since I do know how to wash them. But I can’t understand why they’d prefer communal terry cloth to something that hadn’t been used before. A more sanitary option.
Maybe they’re just too attractive, I thought, making guests hesitant to use them. You know how we used to “save” clothes we really liked for some special occasion in the distant future, and then never wore them? Maybe it was like that. “Too nice” to use. That was my theory, anyway.
So when I saw this genius little product, I was excited:
They look more industrial, and they are clearly for use after hand washing. Oh, Kleenex is definitely on to something, I thought. (I am a frequent guest in a household that hosts groups of people. The only soap is a communal bar and the only hand wipes provided in the guest bathroom are the family’s already-used bath towels. It makes me crazy. I’d love to bring a box to that house!)
So, even though they aren’t anywhere near as cute as the disposables that sit unused in my drawer, I bought a pack, figuring that folks would be more apt to use them.
Unfortunately, there’s a window sill above the guest bathroom towel rack, and the box won’t fit. So the next time I had a group over, I put the box out on the counter and arranged my cute little bees and blue terry towels nicely on the rack. For “show.”
Not a single person used the disposables. Then or since.
Even when I have groups of people in, they’d rather use communal towels.
I can’t imagine it. I just can’t.
If you have an explanation for this, please do share. I want to hear it.