Do you wash your hands before you eat your meals?
If you were a fan of Enid Blyton when you were a nipper you may remember that the Famous Five and the Secret Seven regularly washed up before sitting down to a spiffing spotted dick or other wholesome treat.
But it doesn’t seem to be a thing we do these days.
The reason I ask is actually more to do with going to the loo – and how you dry your hands after you’ve been.
Are you a person who wipes your wet hands on the back of your trousers, dries them on paper towel or enjoys putting them in the super high-powered hand driers which have proliferated over recent years.
If you’re a hand drier user, then you could be in for a shock.
A new study suggests that you could be spreading bacteria far and wide due to the powerful gusts issued by the gadget.
Scientists at the University of Leeds carried out research by spreading a harmless (so they claimed) type of bacteria not found in bathrooms onto the hands of guinea pigs.
Not actual guinea pigs, that’s just journalese for people being tested.
Air samples were then collected from the drier and the surrounding area. If the bacteria was found then it had been blown off the subjects’ hands.
The study found that the air bacterial count next to ‘jet air’ hand dryers was 4.5 times higher than the count around old-fashioned warm air dryers.
It was a whopping huge 27 times higher than the count around paper towels.
It looks like my jeans will be the method of choice for a while.