Follow these four steps when washing your hands:
- Wet your hands with warm water. Use an adequate amount of soap to build a lather that will last for at least 20 seconds.
- After lathering your hands, fingers and wrists for 20 seconds, rinse until all the soap is removed.
- Dry your hands thoroughly with a paper towel, as the friction from wiping with a paper towel removes any residual bacteria from your hands. Damp hands spread up to 500 times more germs than dry hands.
- Use the paper towel to turn off the faucet and to open the door as you leave the bathroom.
In addition to washing your hands after you use the toilet, always wash your hands after doing any of the following:
- Before and after preparing food
- Before and after eating
- Handling money
- Coughing, sneezing or blowing your nose
- Handling garbage
- Touching an animal
- Riding public transportation
On average, you come in contact with 300 surfaces every 30 minutes, exposing you to 840,000 germs, so wash more often than just around bathroom breaks.