A hand washing survey indicates most U.S. Americans wash their hands, but most are not washing them long enough – many wash for only 5 seconds. The fourth annual Healthy Hand Washing Survey, conducted by Bradley Corporation, found 70% of U.S. adults said they always wash their hands after using a public restroom, 29% sometimes skip that important action and 1% admit they never wash after using a public restroom. In addition, 57% of respondents estimated they wash their hands for just 5 to 15 seconds. The CDC recommends washing hands for at least 20 seconds and suggests singing “Happy Birthday” twice to allow enough time to remove and rinse off germs.

Other findings:

  • 70% said they frequently or occasionally see people leave without washing their hands – 34% of men frequently saw non-hand washers versus 26% of women.
  • 62% of respondents admitted they have simply rinsed their hands with water after using a public restroom, an increase since 2011 when 54% left with only a water rinse.
  • 66% of employees rate their workplace restroom as excellent or very good. However, approximately one-third report they’ve experienced a range of annoying issues. Toilets that were clogged or not flushed, bad smells, and toilet paper or towel dispensers that are empty or jammed were the three most common complaints.
  • Just 11% of workers say they frequently see people leave the restroom without washing their hands.
  • 2 questions for you--What's your favorite soap of choice at home? Our favorite hand washing soap is Dial in our house.  My favorite bar soap is Dove. How many seconds do you wash your hands for?