Men are slobs, at least when it comes to washing hands

Wash up: According to a recent observational survey, men are nearly three times more likely not to wash their hands after going to the bathroom as women. Is that surprising?
Wash up: According to a recent observational survey, men are nearly three times more likely not to wash their hands after going to the bathroom as women. Is that surprising?
Okay guys, we’ve got a problem here. The hand-washing police have been keeping tabs on us and have found that one-third of us don’t wash our hands after going the bathroom. On the otherhand, so to speak, only 12 percent of women skip the sink when they’re leaving a bathroom.

The bathroom police is the Soap and Detergent Association, which released its new findings in a report made public on Monday. And it slams men pretty hard. The same survey conducted two years ago showed that 25 percent of men didn’t wash their hand then.

The information is based on observations made last month of the behaviors of more than 6,000 people in public restrooms in four major U.S. cities.

Okay, so they really weren’t police officers, but the researchers conducting the study actually had people standing in public restrooms monitoring and recording the washing habits of the people who came through. And you thought you had a bad job.

Anyway, what’s really interesting is to compare the numbers to what people say of their washing habits in telephone interviews. In a Harris Interactive survey, 92 percent of respondents said that they wash after every trip to the bathroom.

Back to the observational survey, here are stats from each of the bathrooms visited:

• Atlanta's Turner Field baseball stadium again was the worst. Only 57 percent of guys there washed up, compared to 95 percent of women.

• New York was Second City to Chicago in cleanliness. In restrooms at the Windy City's Shedd Aquarium and Museum of Science and Industry, 81 percent of men and women combined washed their hands, compared to 79 percent at the Big Apple's Penn and Grand Central train stations.

• At San Francisco's Ferry Terminal Farmers Market, 62.5 percent of men lathered up. Women did better, with 84 percent.

Frequent hand washing is the single best thing people can do to avoid getting sick, from colds and the flu to germs lurking in food, doctors say. But we all know that, right? So why don’t we wash up better?

Your Comments, Thoughts, Questions, Ideas

Jim's picture
Jim says:

LoL no one commented either!!

posted on Tue, 09/18/2007 - 11:54pm
adaniels188's picture

it's is crazy men not washing hand i s nasty and women 2 that not lady like. all ya people need to wash ya hand.

posted on Thu, 10/04/2007 - 9:11am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

Wash your hands thats discusting if you don\t

posted on Thu, 10/04/2007 - 9:42am
nakther188's picture
nakther188 says:

Eeeeewwwwww!! That's so nasty to not wash your hands. I think people know better. It's like two minutes of your time to wash your hands so what's the rush?!? My god people are so discusting!!!

posted on Wed, 11/28/2007 - 10:13am
bryan kennedy's picture

Whether you wash your hands seems to vary based on your sex and the location or environment. Not to be gross but I hope it also varies depending whether you went #1 or #2. While not ideal, I think we've all skipped a wash or two after taking a pee. But c'mon, that's truly gross after a poo.

I also wonder if there is a difference based on the technology in a bathroom. Do more people wash when there are paper towels vs. hand dryers? Lots of people do hate those things.

I know I miss that old school powdered soap we used to have in our grade school bathroom. So whenever a bathroom has that I wash my hands twice! I know I'm a weirdo.

Are you more likely or less likely to wash your hands based on environment? Feel free to post anonymously if you can't stand the shame ; )

posted on Wed, 11/28/2007 - 10:36am
Jakebsurfin's picture
Jakebsurfin says:

I think that it's cool that people DON'T wash their hands.

posted on Sat, 10/29/2011 - 6:09am
John Smith's picture
John Smith says:

It's a brain wash. You do not need to wash your hands after a peeing. Also, these hand sanitizers are rediculous. They do very little. I bet incidences of colds overall are at the same level it has been for years. Wake up people! Look who did the study, the Soap and Detergent Association, a company that promotes soap use.

Think of everything you come in contact with everyday. I assure you, those items are 100 times worse that your own genitals.

You all are a bunch of scaredy cat babies.

posted on Wed, 07/11/2012 - 2:18pm

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