How often do you wash your hands every day?

How often do you wash your hands every day?

To mark Global Handwashing Day 2017 (15th of October), hygiene expert Initial is highlighting the importance of hand hygiene to Irish adults and children. 

Washing hands correctly with soap can significantly reduce the risk of spreading germs and bacteria.

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Recent research shows that 30% of people do not wash their hands after going to the toilet, with more than 50% not using soap, and 60% spending less than 10 seconds washing their hands.

Speaking about the importance of washing hands regularly, Initial Area Technical Manager, Dr Colm Moore said: “Good handwashing is vital in all stages of life and is key to controlling the spread of infection.

“This most recent survey highlights the fact that people are not aware of the volume of bacteria they carry as a result of not following hygiene guidelines.”

Dr Moore continued: “By simply washing their hands properly, children and adults can reduce bacteria by up to 80%.

“As part of Global Handwashing Day, Initial is encouraging the general public to be more aware and responsible when it comes to hand washing.”

Initial strongly advises the public to wash their hands with soap and water for approximately 30 seconds.

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