Study Finds Most Americans Fail in Hand Hygiene

April 1, 2020

Despite increased attention on the importance of handwashing, a new survey from the American Cleaning Institute (ACI) found that more than one-third of Americans are still not practicing proper hand hygiene.

The survey of 1,005 adults revealed that just over half (58%) of them make sure they scrub their hands for at least 20 seconds, and one in 10 admit they have not made any changes to their handwashing practices.

A majority (78%) of respondents said they are washing their hands more frequently with soap and water since the coronavirus pandemic began while almost half (46%) are using hand sanitizer more often.

When asked what hygiene or cleaning products they have used more often since the pandemic, the respondents replied:

  • Hand soap – 69%
  • Hand sanitizer – 59%
  • Multi-purpose disinfectant wipes – 44%
  • Multi-purpose spray disinfectant – 36%
  • Paper towels – 35%
  • Toilet or bathroom cleaner – 23%
  • Bleach – 9%
  • None of these products – 12%