Internet split over bizarre leg washing shower debate

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Opinion has been split over whether leg washing is necessary. Photo credit: Getty.

A man's unassuming Twitter poll is causing some intense debate online, with the internet split over the 'correct' way to shower.

Conor Arpwel, from Washington DC, posted the poll on his Twitter feed last week, asking his 6000 followers: "Do you wash your legs when you take a shower?"

The graphic designer was probably not prepared for the overwhelming reaction his post received, with over 800,000 votes as of Tuesday morning.

Arpwel was forced to clarify his own position on the matter, posting in a reply: "For the record, I do wash my legs, but lots of people apparently don't".

The poll results revealed that most people claim they do wash their legs - more than 81 percent of respondents.

Many who subscribed to the "top three quarter wash" method were confused at the suggestion.

"I feel like you don't really need to wash your legs, you wash your top three quarters and the soap and water runs down. Unless you're just extraordinarily dirty for some reason," one person replied.

"You don't lather up if you are not dirty. So no leg washing unless they are dirty," another said.

Still another explained their legs have "been safe inside my pants, all day", so no need for washing.

But others were disturbed by the notion that just showering counted as cleaning.

"I'm very bothered by the 'soap running down my legs counts as washing them' gang. Very. Very," wrote one leg washer.

Another woman loved washing her legs so much she has a customised shower to make it easier.

The post attracted so much attention Arpwel was forced to release a statement.

"Leg washing is an important component of my cleanliness regimen, but also I'm not out to get people who don't wash their legs for various reasons," he wrote on Twitter.

"I only meant for this whole thing to be a fun and frivolous topic of conversation," he finished the post.