More than half of Irish men don’t wash their hands after loo
More than half of the male population don’t wash their hands after using the bathroom, new research has found.
A new study, conducted by Initial, found that 60pc of men do not lather up after using the toilet, compared to 38pc of women.
Spokesperson Dr Colm Moore warned of the risk posed by bacteria picked up in the bathroom.
“Good hand-washing is vital. By simply washing their hands properly, children and adults can reduce the bacteria on their hands by up to 80pc.”
The expert warned that much of the bacteria picked up in the loo further thrives on hands as 37C is optimum temperature.
Those who fail to wash their hands are also transferring bacteria from the loo onto their handbags, mobiles and other objects throughout the day posing further risk.
In the wake of the evidence, Dr Moore revealed that in order to adequately hand wash, hands must be washed with soap for at least 30 seconds and hand sanitizers should be used throughout the day.
The research also found that 41 children have critical amounts of bacteria on their hands.
“The high levels of bacteria recorded on some children’s hands are worrying, as they are at a higher risk of contracting an illness and passing bacteria onto other children.