Strange things are a foot in the men’s public restroom and someone is spying on the happenings and reporting the facts.
It is National Handwashing Week and the results of this survey need to be seen by as many eyes as possible, so hopefully we can root out these dirty habits. One third of the men spied on in public restrooms did not wash their hands according to the study based on observing 6000 people in 4 major U.S. cities. Before we start thinking the female sex is so clean, the survey revealed 12% of women didn't wash their hands either. So let's face it, we are also not perfect.
In a recent interactive survey, 92% of Americans said they usually always wash up after using the bathroom, but it seems that on observation some folks were not telling the truth. The eyes don't lie. I am going to say it again, frequent handwashing is your best line of defense in warding off colds and the flu. So please wash up!
If you live in Atlanta, Chicago, NYC or San Francisco (my city by the bay) you should read more about this study to see how many men and women from your city lathered up.
Handwashing Week officially began yesterday on the 16th, but you have six more days to wash your hands. This week is just a reminder to get those good hygiene habits in place before cold and flu season. As a mom, I like telling my girls that it is handwashing week since it sounds so official how could they not want to suds up their hands.
This week is sponsored by the company handwashingforlife, a for profit company dedicated to reducing the risk of foodborne illness. Even though this week is a marketing ploy, I can stand behind it. There is nothing bad about washing your hands.
Here are a few tips:
- Wash your hands for at least 15 seconds.
- Always wash your hands before handling food and after touching raw meat.
- Remember to wash your hands after playing with a pet. The pet may be dirty from rolling in lord knows what, but think of all the other people that touch your pet too!
- Antibacterial soap is not more effective than regular soap.
So suds up and get to it.