96% Say You Wash Hands; Only 85% Actually Do 11% of adults are dirty liars about hand-washing By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff Posted Sep 14, 2010 8:47 AM CDT 13 comments Comments This guy might be washing his hands, but 23% of men don't. (Shutter Stock) (Newser) – The good news: 96% of adults claim they always wash their hands in public restrooms, according to a phone survey. The bad news: only 85% of adults actually do, a new observational study finds. Despite the dirty people who are lying about their hygiene habits (and, perhaps, sharing a bread basket with you at dinner), the number of hand-washers is the highest it's been since 1996 when the study started, USA Today reports. And if you're sharing that bread basket with a woman, you can be even less worried: 93% of them washed their hands, compared to only 77% of men. For more hygiene-related news, click here. For another reason to wash those hands, click here.