Survey Finds Parents Skeptical of Children's Handwashing Claims
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MENOMONEE FALLS, Wis., March 22, 2023 ~ Parents across the country are familiar with the phrase "Go wash your hands", but according to a recent Healthy Handwashing Survey™ from Bradley Corp., only 25% of parents actually believe their children always wash up when they tell them to.

The survey found that fathers are slightly more trusting of their kids' handwashing follow through, with 60% believing their kids wash their hands at least 75% of time when they tell them, compared to only 51% of mothers.

Why don't more moms and dads trust their children? The answer is simple: they themselves admit to cheating the system when they were young. Almost 60% of parents say, as kids, they would just run the water when their parents instructed them to wash their hands.

So, what's a parent to do to get their kids to suds up? 57% of adults simply ask their children to wash their hands. 35% buy fun soaps to make the process more interesting, 34% incorporate handwashing into their kids' routines at certain times and 19% turn it into a contest or game.

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Thankfully, schools and daycares are also practicing hand hygiene. Nearly two-thirds of parents report that time for handwashing is built into their child's daily schedule.

Jon Dommisse, vice president of marketing and corporate communication for Bradley Corp., said "Establishing the habit of handwashing from early on is a smart move by parents. It's a scientific fact that the act of washing your hands with soap and water removes germs and keeps children and families healthier. I'd say it probably keeps them happier too since they're not constantly dealing with sickness."

The survey also found that Americans increase their hand hygiene before a trip, while they are traveling and before special occasions such as Easter or holidays. During road trips, 75% of adults make a conscious effort to wash their hands wherever they stop along the way; 69% are diligent about sudsing up when at an airport; 63% do the same as a special occasion or holiday approaches; and 70% say they feel healthier or safer immediately after washing their hands.

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When using public restrooms, 62% say they typically grab a paper towel to avoid touching door handles, faucet handles and toilet flushers; 43% use their foot to flush the toilet; 31% hover above the toilet seat; 82 % believe it is important to have touchless fixtures in public restrooms; 51 % wait for water to get hot before washing; 49 % flick hands over sink before drying; 39 % check appearance in mirror; 68 % wash up after sneezing or coughing; 50 % wash after visiting doctor's office or shaking someone's hand.

The annual Healthy Handwashing Survey queried 1,025 American adults Jan 4-10 2023 about handwashing habits related to coronavirus/flu prevention as well as use of public restrooms. Participants were from around the country and were fairly evenly split between men (45%) and women (55%).

Bradley Corp., manufacturer of commercial restroom fixtures including touchless handwashing/drying elements has been dedicated for 100 years in innovating healthy handwashing technologies for commercial/institutional/industrial building markets worldwide in order create hygienic & safe public environments .
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