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Commuters’ dirty secrets revealed

Red7 , March 3, 2014

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You know that rank person next to you on the journey to work? The one you think smells like they just had a roll in the hay.

Chances are, they did.

According to a survey from  bathroom specialists Splashdirect,  more than half of us (53%) admit to giving the bathroom a miss in the morning in order to squeeze in a little extra loving.

The national survey unveiled the grubby reality that:

• 1 in 5 (21%) of Brits admitted to avoiding the bathroom due to wanting extra time to ‘cuddle’ the person they’re sharing with

• More than 1 in 10 (14%) admit to sacrificing a splash in the bath or shower due to being hungover

• Surprisingly, almost 1 in 5 (19%) of us don’t even wash every day!

According to the survey, a quarter of us leave the make-up application for the journey, and avoiding a shave altogether.

• 13% of men and 6% of women don’t brush their teeth before work

• 16% of men wait to use the loo until they get to the office

• 40% of Brits also worryingly skip breakfast altogether

Commuters took to Twitter to air their dirty habits:

Zoe Hedges (@sedhedge) commented: “I used to live with a couple who had ‘wet wipe washes’ every day and then shower once per week!”

Geoff (@GeoffTheRed) commented: “No, but I did dump someone once for going to bed without brushing their teeth. There is NO excuse for poor hygiene.”

Dominic Utton (@DomUtton) commented: “Shower or shave is often a morning choice when running late. Look good or smell good? Tricky decision to make!”

On Facebook, the reactions were even more revealing.

Joanne King commented: “I’m often to be found at work with yesterday’s make up on. Reason: after a night out/in with my lovely boyfriend, who wants to cleanse and polish when I can get my leg over?”

Lauren Holifield commented: “I used to do it to stay at the party for an extra hour! Then head to work in last nights clothes, stinking of booze and ready for the day! Who needs a tooth brush when you have crème de la menthe?”

Kate Smart said: “Just don’t go to bed, then you’re still officially using the day before’s ablutions.”

Splashdirect founder Ted Charalambides said: “These results are pretty worrying, especially for these people’s fellow commuters. With the stats leaning towards Brits wanting to be intimate in the mornings rather than have a scrub, we suggest they invest in a sharing bath or shower, that way they can have the best of both worlds, and avoid dodgy looks on public transport.”

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