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The source of all poskim at regard of this subject is in Rashba. Shut Harashba (I, 755). See bellow a copy of this text, with explanations and notes are given in brackets. He were asked again. Regarding our following custom: We must be careful not to touch soiled places (paraphrasing of Gemara Brachot 24b) at prayer time and at mealtime. What areas are ...


specifically the shulchan aruch refers to hair which is under your yarmulke b/c it would normally be covered. One of the reasons we wash our hands first thing in the morning is our hands could have been moving around while we were sleeping and touched a part of our body normally covered. See my answer here which specifically references the shulchan aruch ...


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