Anyone with a basic understanding of germs knows it’s important to wash your hands after using the bathroom. Beyond the intuitive “ick” factor of failing to wash, a range of serious health conditions are linked to poor hand hygiene.
Still, many people don’t know why washing after using the bathroom is of such paramount importance, and what exactly makes unwashed hands such a distinct threat to our health. We reached out to several doctors for an answer, and found out that there are four key dangers of leaving the lavatory without first scrubbing with soap. Read on to find out what they are.
Failing to wash your hands after using the bathroom can result in a range of viral and bacterial conditions, such as skin, eye, stomach, and respiratory infections, among other things. That’s because most people unknowingly touch their eyes, noses, and mouths throughout the day, creating a direct pipeline for your bathroom’s germs to your body.