A new study found only about one-third of people don't use soap and
only five percent washed their hands long enough to properly kill germs
after using the bathroom.
Researchers at Michigan State University said past studies suggested
there was a much higher rate of proper hand washing, with more than 90 percent
of adults saying they always wash their hands, but that rate is
apparently actually inflated.
researchers observed more than 3,700 people in public restrooms and
found that people only spend an average of about six seconds washing
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention says
it takes 15 to 20 seconds of vigorous hand washing with soap and water
to effectively kill germs, and that insufficient hand washing
contributes to nearly half of all food-borne illness outbreaks.
The study found 95 percent of people they observed did not wash their hands long enough to kill germs.
The study found
men were especially bad about proper hand washing. Fifteen percent of
men didn't wash their hands at all (compared to seven percent of women);
and only half of the men who did wash up used soap.