Why You're All Washing Your Hands Wrong

Washing our hands helps prevent the spread of harmful bacteria and viruses. But are we doing it right?

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Hand Washing Practices in a College Town Environment (NCBI)
"Many people do not wash their hands when the behavior in which they engage would warrant it. Most research of hand washing practices to date has taken place in high-traffic environments such as airports and public attraction venues. These studies have established a persistent shortcoming and a gender difference in hand washing compliance."

Five Reasons Why You Should Probably Stop Using Antibacterial Soap (Smithsonian Mag)
"A few weeks ago, the FDA announced a bold new position on antibacterial soap: Manufacturers have to show that it's both safe and more effective than simply washing with conventional soap and water, or they have to take it off the shelves in the next few years."

Show Me the Science- How to Wash Your Hands (CDC)
"Keeping hands clean is one of the most important steps we can take to avoid getting sick and spreading germs to others. Many diseases and conditions are spread by not washing hands with soap and clean, running water. CDC recommends cleaning hands in a specific way to avoid getting sick and spreading germs to others."