Have you been washing your hands wrong your entire life?
A surveillance study conducted by researchers at Michigan State University discovered that 95% of people may actually be washing their hands incorrectly. Of 3,749 people observed leaving the bathrooms, 66.9 percent used soap, while 10.3 percent didn't wash their hands at all. The other 23 percent of people stopped at wetting their hands, in what the researchers, for some reason call "attempted washing" (as if maybe those people just weren't sure how to follow through).
The average time spent washing hands with soap was 6 seconds, with only 5.3% spending longer than 15 seconds. That’s some inadequate hand washing!
So how exactly should you wash your hands?
Here is a 5 step procedure as recommended by Hand Hygiene Australia:
When should you wash your hands?
If you'd like more info, visit Hand Hygiene Australia's website.