Washing your hands after using the bathroom — not to mention after touching any number of public surfaces, from doorknobs to subway handrails to oh-so-disgusting toilet flush levers — is a basic rule of hygiene. Yet we don’t always do it properly, if at all, which is particularly ill-advised behavior during flu season, when germy hands are common gateways to infection.
Respondents to a recent survey said they washed their hands an average of 87 percent of the time after using a public restroom, and 62 percent said they have rinsed their hands post-bathroom without using soap. The survey of more than 1,000 people in the U.S. was conducted by Bradley Corp., manufacturer of washroom accessories. Women are significantly better hand washers than men.