Yes, that is the topic of this morning's blog--washing your hands. A manufacturer of sinks, faucets, showers and whole lot more, recently conducted a survey that found 90 percent of people wash their hands after using a public bathroom. What's even better news is that this number is up 3 percent from 2009.

The Bradley Corporation, the manufacturer behind the survey, also found that because of fears of catching the flu, 59 percent of people are washing their hands more often--that's a 9 percent increase from last year.

If you are like me, I can be a bit of a germaphobe when it comes to public restrooms. So, what I do when I finish washing and drying my hands is take an extra piece of paper towel and open the door with it. And, according to the survey, I'm not the only one.

26 percent of the people polled use either a towel, sleeve or some other material to open the public restroom's door after they have completed washing their hands. How I look at is, I have clean hands and I have to touch a dirty door handle. Here's my advice to those in the public restroom building business: don't put a handle on the inside of the door; put the handle on the outside of the door. That way, when I have my hands all nice and clean, I can use my shoulder to push the door open.

For more on hand washing habits, visit the Bradley Company's website, or click here for a direct link.

Am I the only one who thinks there should by no door handle on the inside part of the bathroom door--as in, after you wash your hands, you can use your shoulder to push open the door leaving your hands germ free?

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