The Germans Are So Unhygienic

The Germans Are So Unhygienic accordind to source

“Do you change your toothbrush more often than your toilet brush? And how clean does your toilet need to be? A survey reveals.”

Do women place more emphasis on cleanliness and hygiene than men? Or is that just a stereotype?

cleanliness of towels depends on age

The Industrial Association for Personal Care and Washing Detergents (IKW) advises changing towels every two days. But do women and men really follow this advice? No. Just over half (53 percent) of those surveyed only change their towels once a week. One in five (20 percent) change them every second or third day – and some even daily (5 percent).

However, every third person (30 percent) aged 18 to 29, and every fourth person aged 30 to 39, think this is excessive. They say they change towels at most once a month – sometimes even once every three months. Attitudes change with age. The survey also shows that the older people are, the more frequently they say they change their towel.

change your towels in your household

How often do you usually change your towels in your household? Analyzed by age.

change your towels in your household survey
Statistical Error: 5.5%
Sample Size: 5,012
Survey Period: Jan 30, 2024 – Feb 06, 2024
Rounded Results Quarterly Averages

New toilet brush? Especially unimportant for men

The survey also shows that a new toilet brush is less important for men than for women. Almost half (47 percent) say they change the toilet brush less frequently than every six months – some even never. For women, the proportion is slightly over one-third (35 percent). A quarter of female respondents replace the cleaning utensil every four to six months – one in five once or multiple times a month.

And how often is the toilet brush used? At least once a week, say two out of five respondents (37 percent). A quarter (24 percent) say they reach for the scrubber and cleaner more often. One in five takes hygiene even more seriously: at least once daily (21 percent) they clean their toilet spotless.

Especially women place a lot of value on a clean toilet: more than half (52 percent) clean the toilet at least several times a week – preferably daily. Men (48 percent) are satisfied with cleaning once every one to two weeks.

Surprisingly, one in three people over 65 clean the toilet at least once a day, according to the survey.

Hygiene Habits: Toothbrush vs. Bedding in Germany

Most people ideally use their toothbrushes in the morning and evening. Therefore, one would expect particularly high standards of hygiene here, right? Not necessarily for the majority. The majority consider their own toothbrush to be hygienic enough even after two months – 46 percent therefore only replace it after up to three months. Nearly one in six (16 percent) even reach for a new toothbrush only after four to six months or even less frequently.

However, a third find this too infrequent: here, the toothbrush head or toothbrush is renewed at least once a month – sometimes even more frequently.

By the way: Dentists recommend changing them every two to three months.

Hygiene Habits Toothbrush vs. Bedding in Germany 2024

Germans, on the other hand, are more willing to change their bedding: Almost two out of five Germans (41 percent) say they change their bedding once a month. Just under a third (31 percent) opt for new bedding two to three times a month – following the advice of the Industrial Association for Personal Care and Washing Detergents (IKW). For more than one in ten (12 percent), however, the bed must be made anew once a week. It must not be less frequent for many.

Survey Details

The survey was conducted between January 30 and February 6, 2024. Approximately 5,000 German citizens aged 18 and above participated.

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