(NEW YORK) -- People much more often than not wash their hands after using a public restroom, according to a new survey. But they frequently don’t use soap while running their hands under water.
The results of a poll conducted by washroom accessories maker Bradley Corp. of 1,000 U.S. adults found that people on average washed their hands before exiting a public restroom about 87 percent of the time.
While that number is encouraging, the fact that 62 percent admit that they sometimes rinse with water minus soap doesn’t exactly make you want to stand up and cheer for American hygiene.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, hand-washing after using the lavatory facilities should last 20 seconds. The CDC also recommends drying your hands with a paper towel or better still, air dry them, rather than using a shared towel or wiping them off on your pants or shirt.
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