Public toilets are cleaner to eat off than kitchen work surfaces in British homes
Brits are ignoring basic home hygiene. This is one of the shocking facts revealed in the Hygiene Council's 2007 global survey, which was released 15 May.
Researchers show that most public toilets are cleaner to eat off than kitchen work surfaces in British homes. Research also found that work surfaces in British homes used for preparing food were less hygienic than public toilets in a whopping 85% of cases. In fact, the average kitchen surface had 10 times more bacteria than the toilet seat.
The survey, funded by Dettol, found that only 3% of Brits believed the home to be the most likely source of infection, with hygiene advice for homes being generally ignored. More than 10,000 people across 10 countries across the globe took part in the research that focused on basic hygiene principles.
The Hygiene Council's report found that only one-third of Brits wash their hands properly after sneezing, handling pets, before eating, before handling food and after using the toilet. The Hygiene Council's panel of experts warns that not washing hands at appropriate times can have far reaching consequences.
The Hygiene Council says that good hygiene is directly linked to a reduction in the incidence of illness and infection. Men were found to be the worst offenders, with only 28% sticking to home hygiene routines compared to 42% of women.
Dr Lisa Ackerley, hygiene expert and member of the UK Hygiene Council, said: "Your home may not be as clean as you think it is. It's not enough to simply remove the visible dirt you can see with the naked eye."
The Hygiene Council has formed to help combat the growing incidence of the spread of infections, such as avian influenza or MRSA, by providing recommendations on good hygiene to help the public.