Dirty Hands Could be Making Australian Kids Ill
Half of mums unaware of optimum time for handwashing; 86% unconcerned about the toys that
Sydney, Australia (PRWEB) June 3, 2010 -- A survey out today by Lifebuoy Handwash reveals that half of
Australian mums are unaware of the optimum time that should be spent on cleaning childrens hands, resulting in
children not being taught proper handwashing techniques. The survey, conducted by Lifebuoy handwash, shows
that whilst many mums are increasingly worried about germs impacting on health, over 50% do not realise that
experts recommend washing hands for a minimum 20 seconds to kill germs effectively. In fact, Lifebuoy found a
staggering 77% of children are not washing their hands for long enough to achieve optimum protection.
Lifebuoy, the world’s number one-selling, germ-killing hand wash, which launched in Australia this month,
commissioned the survey of over 1,000 mums as part of a campaign to get Australian families to wash their hands
properly. Experts agree that proper handwashing is one of the easiest and most effective ways of preventing
“The hands are a common way to spread germs,” says family doctor and medical broadcaster Dr. John D’Arcy.
“It’s also important to understand that germs are carried on every day household items, like a favourite toy. To
remove them from our hands a good anti-bacterial handwash is great for the job to be done properly. Germs are
more active in the winter so parents shouldn’t underestimate how important it is for kids to wash and dry their
The Lifebuoy survey showed that the majority of mums see school as the place where children are most likely to
pick up germs. However mums across the country seem to be unaware of germ threats which are found in the
home, with a mere 3% perceiving their place of sanctuary as a high risk to children.
Furthermore, only 14% of those questioned encourage their kids to wash their hands after playing with toys,
despite areas such as playrooms, nurs