Are You Washing Your Hands Wrong?

Our hands see more light of the day then we realize. Light of day is code for filth and grime. A study says you may have been washing your hands wrong. Oh goodie. What lies beneath those nails? Brace yourself for the dirty truth and how to clean it up.

Don’t feel singled-out. They study says that 97% of people inadequately wash their hands, leading to contamination of surfaces and foodborne illness. Even though just about everybody’s doing it wrong, it doesn’t mean that you’re immune to the aftermath of bacteria and other unmentionable grime.

So despite the wet towels we use to “dry” our hands and the insufficient lathering of soap – what is the proper way to wash our hands?

Start with clean, running water. After wetting hands, turn-off water and later with soap. Be sure to lather front and back of hands, between fingers, and under fingernails. Scrub hands for 20-seconds. Hint: sing the alphabet or “Happy Birthday twice. Rinse hands under clean, running water. Dry with a dry hand towel or air dry them. You didn’t do all that before now, did you?

It’s always better to err with safety than regret. Choose yourself a good soap. Keep the hand towels dry. Be healthy and happy. Enjoy!

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