The study found that the majority of women use soap and water on their hands after using the bathroom.
The study, released on Global Handwashing Day, last week used online sensors to record how much soap was used by 250,000 people after they had used the toilet. The results revealed that only 32 percent of men used soap compared with 64 percent of women.
97% of females and 92% of males say they wash
of these only 75% females and 58% males washed
50% of middle and high school students say they wash
of these 33% of females and only 8% of males used soap while washing hands
When should you wash your hands?
- Before preparing or eating food
- After going to the bathroom
- After changing diapers or cleaning up a child who has gone to the bathroom
- Before and after tending to someone who is sick
- After blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing
- After handling an animal or animal waste
- After handling garbage
- Before and after treating a cut or wound
When washing hands with soap and water:
- Wet your hands with clean running water and apply soap. Use warm water if it is available.
- Rub hands together to make a lather and scrub all surfaces.
- Continue rubbing hands for 20 seconds. Need a timer? Imagine singing “Happy Birthday” twice through to a friend!
- Rinse hands well under running water
- Dry your hands using a paper towel or air dryer. If possible, use your paper towel to turn off the faucet
Remember: If soap and water are not available, use alcohol-based gel to clean hands.
When using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer:
- Apply product to the palm of one hand
- Rub hands together
- Rub the product over all surfaces of hands and fingers until hands are dry.