Do you wash your hands after going to the loo? How long for?


4th October 2017

DO you wash your hands for 20 seconds after you’ve been to the loo or before you eat?

If the answer is no, you’re not doing it properly, according to the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS). Their experts say that the only way to get rid of the bugs that cause colds, flu and diarrhoea is to wash your hands for 20 seconds – the same time it takes to sing Happy Birthday twice.

A survey for the RPS showed that more than a fifth (21%) of people don’t wash their hands after going to the toilet, and 65% don’t wash them before eating.

The RPS wants everyone to be more thorough when washing their hands, as many bugs are becoming resistant to antibiotics, so some infections are becoming harder to treat.

Do you wash your hands after going to the loo? How long for?

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Do you wash your hands after going to the loo? How long for?


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akurapaty · 5 years ago

It sounds silly but is really important otherwise germs can spread!

bellecat96 · 5 years ago

We should all wash our hands for a sufficient amount of time - do YOU want to catch the FLU?

zipling200 · 5 years ago

I wash my hands for diffrent ammounts of time each doy but mostly for 10 seconds

cooledie · 5 years ago

I wish I did ,because I hate spreading germs but I can't always be bothered.

dancemunch · 5 years ago

I used to skip washing my hands - and went through the consequences. Singing happy birthday twice is a really good way to ensure you are hygienic. My sister and I even timed it!

endodragon · 5 years ago

it is really important to wash your hands or you could get poorly

april2008 · 5 years ago

I agree we should wash our hands more frequently

claudine · 5 years ago

I admit to doing it for a short amount of time. I think we should all get into the habit of doing it for longer.

sunglasses · 5 years ago


nbeausang · 5 years ago

There is really quite a big importance when it comes to washing your hands it keeps you clean but also stops your germs spreading to everyone else so singing Happy Birthday twice is a really good idea

leogirl1 · 5 years ago

I wash my hands twice and put gel on

hfrules · 5 years ago

People who don't wash their hands, I disapprove of you, people who wash their hands I praise you. UGGGHHH!!! I don't want to even think about it.

dork · 5 years ago


yum_kitty9 · 5 years ago

u sing happy birthday 2 times then stop washing.

happy4456 · 5 years ago

I only do it for 5-10 seconds. It may make me sound a tad bit unhygienic, but that's just eh way it is!! I also don't wash my hands before a meal, unless it's finger food - then I ALWAYS do it!!!

ltarling66 · 5 years ago

I suppose it's stupid to post a poll like this, but, I also agree that if we wash our hands, we won't get ill, catch the flu or spread jerms. I wash my hands for minute.

zeushades8 · 5 years ago

Life is all about health and hygiene

gamerbug8 · 5 years ago

I sing happy birthday twice while washing my hands ??

amo · 5 years ago

I think it is very important to wash your hands

Magic10 · 5 years ago

Not washing your hands is unhygienic. It can spread germs and make you ill. Especially before you eat.

gracehope · 5 years ago

sometimes i wash my hands realy well but i realy don't if i am in a rush

gracehope · 5 years ago

i think i shall start washing my hands a lot better

ashelley · 5 years ago

its really disgusting not washing your hands after going to the loo.
I wash my hands for over 20 seconds as I don't want to be ill from the germs.

icelolly06 · 5 years ago

I think it is so important to wash your hands so you don't get germs. i wash my hands for around 10 seconds every time.

bingaling · 5 years ago

Washing your hands is an important way to keep healthy. As they say:

Wash your hands several times a day
That will keep the doctor away!

joohyun56 · 5 years ago

It is extremely important to wash your hands after the because of the germs your have on your hands and if you keep the germs you have when you eat you will be sick then miss education!

Dylster888 · 5 years ago

I had a lesson from the food standards agency and they said you scrub them for 15 secs or sing happy birthday

anna123 · 5 years ago

I always wash my hand for at least 20 as I always have colds and I always get sore throats etc.

jamesy22 · 5 years ago

10-20 sec is my answer but this subject is gross and fun thank you fn ?=???

10d · 5 years ago

I don't wash my hands for very long. I should really.

kingham · 5 years ago

1-20 seconds

kitten · 5 years ago

I sing Happy Birthday TWICE!

This is for dancemunch: I used to do EXACTLY the same!!

pooemojie · 5 years ago

I agree with akurapaty

pooemojie · 5 years ago

You should wash you're hand for a couple of seconds but if you're ill wash them for longer to make sure all the germs are gone!

icecream2 · 5 years ago

Its hard to do it for twenny#

march2010 · 5 years ago

it is important to wash your hands and the people who said no,i do not wash my hands are gonna get sick from germs!!!!!!.

march2010 · 5 years ago

we should all wash are hands

sophette · 5 years ago

No offence to people who don’t wash there hands, but that is disgusting!!

[email protected] · 5 years ago

5-10secs obz

melon_cow7 · 4 years ago

Ever since I saw that you could get sick if you don’t wash your hands for 20+ secs I have been

amberspell · 4 years ago

Yes, for 10~20 seconds. My mum is a cleanliness fanatic, but not that bad.

holholster · 4 years ago

I feel guilty saying this, but a lot of the time I don't bother with washing my hands at all.

oritime · 4 years ago

You need to wash your hands or you'll be sick and we don't want that.

ti-10 · 4 years ago

I wash my hands for 5-10 seconds after I go to the loo. If I don't my hands will get infected or IO might get a disease. I agree with bellecat96. I mean, who doesn't wash their hands after they go to the loo? I mean, thats DISGUSTING!

ti-10 · 4 years ago

Sorry about that spelling mistake on the first line there

melon_cow7 · 4 years ago


jedigeorge · 3 years ago

1-2 seconds which will change

zebra10 · 3 years ago

i defo wash my hands

katkid10 · 2 years ago

Well, for me it's COVID TIME!!!