Did you know that washing your hands is only half the germ battle?
I am one of those people who use hand towels to dry my hands. But I thought that what I was doing was right. To only use hand towels to dry your hands or kitchen towels are used to only dry hands. I just assumed that using them like that was fine….. boy I was wrong!
There’s no question that good hand hygiene habits are important, but when it comes to clean hands, washing is only half of the equation. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends drying hands with a single-use towel to help prevent the spread of germs. Until the recent introduction of Kleenex Hand Towels, families have not had a practical alternative to cloth hand towels in their home bathrooms.
To better understand America’s current hand drying habits, Kleenex Hand Towels conducted a survey of more than 1,000 Americans to uncover the nation’s familiarity with the CDC’s hand drying recommendations.
Key Survey Findings:
- The majority of Americans (89%) use a cloth hand towel to dry hands in their home bathroom for an average of 14.7 seconds.
- Other hand drying methods used in home bathrooms include:
- Using a paper towel or paper napkin (38%)
- Simply shaking hands in the air to dry off (18%)
- Wiping hands on a T-shirt or other article of clothing (9%)
- Americans ages 18-24 are the most likely to shake their hands in the air (29%) or use an article of clothing to dry their hands (17%).
Crazy right? I fall in in the 89% by using a cloth hand towel. See I wash mine weekly and thought I was fine…
Visit KleenexHandTowels.com for educational activities designed to teach hand hygiene and for additional information.