Apparently hardly anyone knows how to wash their hands properly

Eliza Velk
Junior Lifestyle & Entertainment Producer

Bring us the hand sanitiser stat because a new study has revealed that only three per cent of people are actually washing their hands properly.

As much as it might make you gag, it turns out the other 97 percent of us are too often in a rush, or just too lazy to achieve proper hand hygiene.

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The study conducted by the US Department of Agriculture tested 383 people in six test kitchens and found that most people had pretty poor hand-washing habits, leading to the spread of bacteria.

It was recorded that half of the participants across each kitchen ended up spreading bacteria from raw meat to spice containers, and 11 percent of the time, even to refrigerator handles.

And we would hate to think about what is being passed onto the foods we eat.

The study revealed poor hand washing has lead to people passing bacteria onto the foods we eat. Source: Universal Pictures

So now the question lies, how should we be washing our hands?

Well, according to the hygiene specialists from the Disease Control and Prevention Center, it’s recommended you wash your hands with soap for at least 20 seconds, but it’s also about the technique.

You want to make sure you’re not just scrubbing your palms but also the backs of your hands, in between your fingers and under nails, all before rinsing with water.

You really ought to scrub every part of your hands with soap if you want to wash them properly. Source: Getty

It is also crucial to use a clean towel when drying your hands.

It was found that participants who didn’t use a relatively clean towel ended up just recontaminating their hands after washing.

So, for the sake of everyone’s hygiene and health, it may be time to start putting some more effort into your hand washing routine.


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