02 July 2012

Beat germs

The best way to rid your hands of germs is by simply washing with soap and water.


The best way to rid your hands of germs is by simply washing with soap and water, a new University of North Carolina study finds. Researchers compared the effectiveness of 14 hand hygiene agents, including anti-bacterial gels and hand wipes, against specific bacteria and viruses. Soap and water proved the most effective at removing the germs.

Take action:
The most important part of hand washing is rubbing your soapy hands together. That friction is the part that lifts the bacteria and germs and dirt off of your hands. Experts recommend 15 to 20 seconds of rubbing when hand washing. A good way to judge the time is to recite the alphabet or sing 'Happy Birthday to You'. Wash your hands whenever you think you've exposed them to bacteria or viruses. Some examples include: after you cough or sneeze into them, after you use the bathroom, after touching the escalator's railing or after handling money. 




Read Health24’s Comments Policy

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Live healthier

Exercise benefits for seniors »

Working out in the concrete jungle Even a little exercise may help prevent dementia Here’s an unexpected way to boost your memory: running

Seniors who exercise recover more quickly from injury or illness

When sedentary older adults got into an exercise routine, it curbed their risk of suffering a disabling injury or illness and helped them recover if anything did happen to them.