1 in 20 Washes Hands Properly After Using a Restroom, Michigan State University Study

Published: Jun 12, 2013

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Did you wash your hands properly after you used the toilet? Probably not, a new study suggests.

Researchers discreetly watched 3,749 people, 60 percent of them women, after they used public toilets in a Michigan college town. Over all, 10.3 percent did not wash their hands at all, and 22.8 percent used no soap. The remainder did use soap, but only 5.3 percent washed for longer than 15 seconds, soap or no soap. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, proper washing means rubbing vigorously with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.

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