I always lick. It’s the process - 1) poke, 2) apply sample to strip, 3) apply pinky to mouth and wait for the result. You don’t mess with simplicity like that.
I’ve dealt with my mom’s diabetes my while life, and plainly remember chatising her for using the same pre-poke alcohol swab for the post-poke wipe off. Boy, was I stupid. I had no idea of how this wacky world operated. Now that I myself have the T1, I have never, ever, in my whole diabetic life used an alcohol swab, a tissue, or anything more sanitary than the spit I just finished producing to clean up the carnage. It’s just not what I choose to worry about.
I’m thinking of throwing a kleenex in my meter case to wipe off the first drop from a poke and then test the second, but keeping a blood stained cloth for days at a time doesn’t sound all that sanitary either.
One more thing, doesn’t spit have sanitary properties? Like enzymes or something along those lines? And hey, people are using lizard spit to control their T2!