It just depends on the day for me.
If I'm extremely busy, I'm a lot less likely to bag things up like I should. I just carry the linens out of the room and make a mad dash for the dirty utility room.
I almost always bag the wash rags and anything soaked with urine/BM. They never touch the floor. That's just common sense. But if it's a dry and "clean" sheet or bedspread, I usually don't waste the big trash bag for it (we have a limited number). Sometimes I may set it on the floor before taking it out of the room.
Whenever I put people to bed, I bring the big laundry bin and trash can down my hall to at least minimize the time the dirty linens are "exposed to the environment."
I use one glove to carry dirty trash bags to the dirty utility room. I never touch trash bags with my bare hands. Things with poop and pee just got tossed into them, and I don't want to risk any "surprises."
It's not the ideal way to do things, I know.
As soon as management gives us a staffing ratio of 5:1 or less, I'll be happy to faithfully follow every state regulation. My favorite smiley ----->