Tuesday 6 December 2016

You'll be shocked by how many people don't wash their hands after using the toilet

Published 14/10/2016 | 10:46

Quite a few people don’t wash their hands after using the toilet, a new survey has revealed.

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Thirty per cent of people don't wash their hands after using the toilet, a new survey has revealed.

A recent survey carried out in Ireland by Initial found that just 44% of men wash their hands correctly after going to the toilet, compared to 60% of women.

The results show that more than 50% of people don’t use soap and 60% spend less than 10 seconds washing their hands, despite having an average of 200 million bacteria per square inch on each hand.

"By simply washing their hands properly, children and adults can reduce bacteria by up to 80%," explained Dr Colm Moore, Area Technical Manager at Initial.

Ahead of Global Handwashing Day on Saturday 15th of October and in order to wash your hands properly and effectively, Initial advises taking these five steps:

1. Wet hands under warm water and add plenty of soap.

2. Take time to wash hands thoroughly for around 30 seconds.

3. Rinse hands to remove the soap using running water.

4.  Make sure hands are thoroughly dried.

5.  Use hand sanitizer for added protection.

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