Think about the last time you washed your hands. Now, think about all the things you have done since you last washed your hands. This may be an obvious statement but germs are everywhere. In a 2017 study, researchers swabbed a $1 bill and found hundreds of microorganisms on the paper money, including traces of E-Coli. According to the CDC, it is estimated that washing hands with soap and water could reduce diarrheal disease-associated deaths by up to 50%. Also, a large percentage of foodborne diseases are spread by contaminated hands. Read more about our take on food safety here. Appropriate hand washing can reduce the risk of foodborne illness and other infections. But what is the proper way to wash your hands? Most people don’t wash their hands correctly. While this may seem mundane, we have broken down the basics of hand washing to help you fight germs like a champ!

Step 01

Wet hands with warm running water.

Step 02

Lather hands with soap. Cover the backs of hands, palms, under fingernails, and between fingers.

Step 03

Scrub hands for 20 seconds.

Step 04

Rinse hands with warm running water.

Step 05

Dry hands with a clean towel.

Pro Tip: Wash your towels at least 2 times a week.

Pictured Source: CDC

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