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Toilet talk: Two-thirds of Americans use their feet to flush

Monday - 9/30/2013, 1:17pm  ET

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About two-thirds of Americans use their feet to flush in a public bathroom. (WTOP/Kristi King)

The foot as a flusher

WTOP's Kristi King reports

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WASHINGTON - It's a more common habit than maybe you cared to even consider.

About two-thirds - 64 percent - of people who use public bathrooms use their feet to flush a toilet, according to a survey from the Bradley Corporation, a Milwaukee-based plumbing fixture manufacturer.

The company says it conducted this rather specific bit of research as part of its Healthy Handwashing Survey, all in effort to gather more information on how people felt about public restrooms.

The study also found about 63 percent of people surveyed have had an "unpleasant" experience in a public bathroom, naming a bad smell, a clogged and unflushed toilet or overall dirty appearance as their top complaints.

WTOP's Kristi King contributed to this report. Follow @kingWTOP and @WTOP on Twitter.

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