“Go wash your hands” is a phrase used frequently in households throughout the country. However, according to a recent Healthy Handwashing Survey™, only 25 percent of parents actually believe their kids always wash up when they tell them to do so.
Fathers are slightly more trusting of their kids’ handwashing followthrough. 60 percent of dads believe their kids wash their hands at least 75 percent of time when they tell them, compared to only 51 percent 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 percent 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 percent of American adults simply ask their children to wash their hands. 35 percent buy fun soaps to make the process more interesting, 34 percent incorporate handwashing into their kids’ routines at certain times, and 19 percent turn it into a contest or game.
The findings are from annual research conducted by Bradley Corp., a manufacturer of commercial restroom fixtures, including touchless handwashing and drying elements.
“Establishing the habit of handwashing from early on is a smart move by parents,” says Jon Dommisse, Vice President of Marketing and Corporate Communication for Bradley Corp. “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.”
With so much effort going into evading germs, it’s no wonder that 82 percent of adults believe it is important to have touchless fixtures in a public restroom.
The annual Healthy Handwashing Survey from Bradley Corp. queried 1,025 American adults on January 4–10, 2023 about their handwashing habits, concerns about the coronavirus and flu, and their use of public restrooms. Participants were from around the country and were fairly evenly split between men (45 percent) and women (55 percent).
For more information, visit bradleycorp.com/handwashing.
Source: Bradley Corp.