Men- wash your hands; not only is it good grooming practice, but more importantly it’s a vital part of personal hygiene. Following the Swine Flu pandemic there became a large focus on personal hygiene, particularly in public places. In my opinion, this is a topic that should have been broached long before; while this news for most men out there, it certainly is to a fair few.

According to Dr Anthony Hilton, a microbiologist from Aston University in Birmingham, one in five men do not wash their hands with soap and water after using a toilet- I think this figure is a tad generous, I’m thinking more around 1 in 10. Bacteria carried on people’s hands, including salmonella and E coli, can cause food poisoning, stomach upsets, vomiting, diarrhoea and fever. Not ideal.

Another way to improve your hand hygiene is to keep your nails at a good length so they don’t retain dirt.

Annie Horgan-Smith, marketing director for Cuticura hand gel, said: “People’s finger tips and nails harbour more germs than anywhere else on their hands. That’s why people need to pay special attention to these areas with their hand hygiene habits and not just focus on their palms or backs of hands.”

On the bright-side for all you single guys out there, you carry less bacteria than your married counterparts. The study found that married people could be bigger bacteria carriers than singletons due to the inaccessibility of the area of the finger under wedding rings which leads to a build up of bacteria.