We’ve all been there. After using the restroom, we dutifully rinse our hands under warm water and proceed to lather up with soap. We scrub for what seems like an eternity, making sure to hit every nook and cranny. We then rinse and dry our hands off, feeling confident that we’ve removed any and all bacteria. But have we really?
According to scientists, there is a correct way to wash your hands – and it turns out most of us have been doing it wrong our entire lives.
The first step is to wet your hands and wrists with clean, running water. It doesn’t matter if the water is cold or hot – as long as it’s clean.
Next, you’ll want to apply soap to your hands. Make sure to use a soap that is free of harmful chemicals and that will create a good lather.
Now it’s time to start scrubbing! Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds, making sure to hit all the major surface areas. Don’t forget to scrub under your nails and in between your fingers!
Once you’ve scrubbed for the required amount of time, it’s time to rinse. Rinse your hands and wrists under clean, running water.
Finally, dry your hands using a clean towel or air dry them. If you are using a public restroom, it’s best to use a paper towel to open the door so you don’t re-contaminate your hands.
And there you have it! The correct way to wash your hands, according to science. So the next time you find yourself in a restroom, take a moment to follow these steps and rest assured that you’re doing everything you can to keep your hands clean and free of harmful bacteria.