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Men, Hands & Public Restrooms: Dirty Little Secrets

Men, Hands & Public Restrooms: Dirty Little Secrets

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.

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The-City-Girl The-City-Girl 9 years
Spectra, that episode sounds pretty sick, but what's raw milk? Like, straight, direct from a cow? Anyway, ew. I think some things are better NOT known (because my knowing it probably won't change anything, just serve to gross me out!!!)
Spectra Spectra 9 years
I'm a microbiologist and yeah, the world's a germy place. The thing is, a lot of bacteria are pretty harmless. But since you do have lots of germs that ARE dangerous, hand-washing is your best defense. And wash your hands with non-antibacterial soap because the antibacterial stuff makes the bacteria resistant. Oh, and I saw that episode of WifeSwap and it GROSSED me out!! They ate raw milk, raw meat, used clay for toothpaste...all sorts of gross stuff. I suppose they had pretty great immune systems after that though.
ccsugar ccsugar 9 years
I heard on NPR this morning that at Turner Field (where the Braves play here in ATL), only like 54% of men wash their hands after using the bathroom!!! SICK!!
staceyleeroberts staceyleeroberts 9 years
That's just wrong! I wash my hands and in between I use wet-wipes. I am a wet-wipes freak, have little packets of them everywhere, purse, car, desk etc. and regularly wipe up my hands, wipe down phones, cell phones, the car steering wheel, door knobs, my pens, anything that people touch a lot in my office, etc. I know it's a bit germ-a-phobe, but after reading this, I'm glad I do this!
UrbanBohemian UrbanBohemian 9 years
I was flipping through channels and caught that WifeSwap too, but I was too grossed out that I changed over to something else! Everybody needs to wash their hands after going to the bathroom. Enough said.
7bits 7bits 9 years
This is one of my pet peeves about seeing happens in men's bathrooms. I'd say less than 30% will wash their hands upon finishing business. In the gym it's a little better, but for the most part people are NOT washing and going out to use gym equipment!
melanie-RN melanie-RN 9 years
ew. ashcwebb, thats disgusting. i am in a habit of washing (or at least using sanitizer) BEFORE i use the bathroom, especially at work. hey, my geener is clean, its always in my pants, however, my hands are out in the nasty world. im just keeping the geener clean.
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 9 years
Ew Ew Ew! I watched wife swap last night and the one fmaily doesn't believe in washing and they ate raw meat (never EVER cook it) because they love germs and bacteria and think that go put it here to help not hurt us!!! And they don't use cleaning products either! Like toothpaste mouth wash soap bathroom cleaner...EWWW!!!!
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