Apparently we've all been washing our hands wrong our entire lives. Researchers in Scotland recently found that just soaping them up and rubbing them together leaves a lot of bacteria behind.

The best way to wash them is how doctors and nurses do it. It's more complicated, but it gets rid of almost twice as much bacteria.

  1. Use soap and water, and rub your hands together like you normally would.
  2. Keep scrubbing, but interlock your fingers.
  3. Rub one hand over the BACK of your other hand, and interlace your fingers while you do it. So the fingers on one hand should be scrubbing between the fingers on your other one, from the back. Then repeat it with the other hand.
  4. Cup your hands . . . hook them together . . . and twist them from side to side. You kind of have to see it to get it, but basically the palms of your hands are scrubbing the backs of your fingers.
  5. Interlock the webbing between your thumbs, like you're trying to shake hands with yourself. Then scrub like that for a few seconds. Focus on one thumb area first, then do it to your other hand.
  6. Use the tips of your fingers to scrub the palm of your other hand. Then rinse.