Research finds that a large amount of Irish people haven't been washing their hands properly

Research finds that a large amount of Irish people haven't been washing their hands properly

A recent study has found that three quarters of Irish people do not wash their hands properly.

The research, conducted by hygiene experts Initial, discovered that people who regularly wash their hands are not spending long enough to fully remove the bacteria present.

Two thirds of people who took part put it down to lack of time for their poor hand-washing practices, while a fifth of those surveyed said they refused to wash their hands in a dirty bathroom.

The research also found that only 23% of people will wash their hands before every meal.




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Initial's research also discovered that 60% of people only use soap occasionally, and nearly 50% use cold water over hot water - which is far less effective when it comes to removing oils and germs.

Speaking about the results, Dr Colm Moore, Area Technical Manager warned of the health risks associated with poor handwashing hygiene.

He said: "80% of infections are spread by hand contact and the lack of proper handwashing practises in Ireland is a public health issue. Washing your hands properly is critical in preventing the spread of bugs and infection, from the common cold and flu to more serious infections such as the winter vomiting bug, E. coli and salmonella."

"We all have a responsibility to take enough time to wash our hands regularly using hot water and soap to protect our health and that of those around us, in particular at risk groups such as children."


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"We recommend ensuring that you wash your hands before every meal and after going to the bathroom. We would urge all people, and particularly parents with young children to start washing their hands properly."

Initial recommend that we should wash our hands at least six times a day, especially before every meal and after using the bathroom.

Always use soap and warm water when washing your hands, and sing 'Happy Birthday' twice over to make sure they are cleaned thoroughly. Make sure to dry thoroughly with a clean towel or with a dryer afterwards.