The next time your man wants to hold hands, think twice about that. There is a relatively good chance he didn't wash his hands after using the restroom. 33% of men actually admitted to pollsters working for SCA, a global hygiene company, that they don't wash their hands thoroughly after using the restroom, compared to 20% of women who skip hand washing. And don't think no one notices your gross habits! 58% told SCA they have witnessed other people leaving a public restroom without washing their hands, while 35% have seen their co-workers do this. And even more disconcerting, 20% have said they have seen restaurant workers not wash their hands after using the toilet, a violation of public health laws in every state. While most of those surveyed recognize that washing their hands regularly is a critical part of good hygiene, that awareness doesn't always mean they actually do it.

Follow these four steps when washing your hands:

Wet your hands with warm water. Use an adequate amount of soap to build a lather that will last for at least 20 seconds.
After lathering your hands, fingers and wrists for 20 seconds, rinse until all the soap is removed.
Dry your hands thoroughly with a paper towel, as the friction from wiping with a paper towel removes any residual bacteria from your hands. Damp hands spread up to 500 times more germs than dry hands.
Use the paper towel to turn off the faucet and to open the door as you leave the bathroom.

In addition to washing your hands after you use the toilet, always wash your hands after doing any of the following:
Before and after preparing food
Before and after eating
Handling money
Coughing, sneezing or blowing your nose
Handling garbage
Touching an animal
Riding public transportation

On average, you come in contact with 300 surfaces every 30 minutes, exposing you to 840,000 germs, so wash more often than just around bathroom breaks.


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