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Are You Washing Your Hands Correctly?

A new study says you’re probably not doing it right.

BY April 26, 2016


Cleaning your hands may be more complicated than you think.

For years, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has promoted one rather simple way to clean your hands. Apply a hand sanitizer in one palm, rub palms together then rub all over hands until dry. Simple enough. Actually, it’s too simple.

A new study shows that a much more complicated method—one recommended by the World Health Organization—is actually better at ridding your hands of pesky bacteria.

Basically, the WHO method is an 11-step process that takes about 42 seconds to complete effectively. Here’s a step-by-step diagram. Start practicing. There will be a quiz later.


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