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Sep082011

Survey: Most Americans Wash Hands after Using Public Restrooms

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(MILWAUKEE) -- Americans are becoming more conscientious when it comes to washing their hands after using public restrooms.  

According to the third annual Healthy Hand Washing Survey, 90 percent of Americans say they soap up after using a public restroom, up from 87 percent in 2009.  The online survey of 1,053 respondents was commissioned by Bradley Corporation of Menomonee Falls, a manufacturer of bathroom furnishings.

The survey also revealed that 89 percent of parents plan to talk to their kids about the importance of hand washing at school.

Among the survey's other findings:

  • 64 percent of Americans always wet their hands before adding soap.
  • 13 percent always wash their hands for a specific amount of time.
  • 26 percent use a towel, sleeve or other material to open the restroom door after washing their hands.
  • 11 percent admit they are a germaphobe and have a fear of germs or unsanitary surfaces.
  • Stall door handles, restroom entrance doors and faucet handles are the top three surfaces respondents dislike touching the most in a public restroom.
  • 26 percent prefer to stop at a fast food restaurant for a restroom break when taking a car trip.  McDonald's was the fast foot outlet mentioned most frequently.  Another 25 percent prefer a state rest area.
  • 91 percent of respondents say an unclean restroom gives them a negative perception of a business.

 

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