Home > Newsletters > Daily: Love or hate Earth Hour? > Daily Dose: 15 astounding facts about the human body Updated 09 February 2015 Did you wash your hands? 0 A woman holding her hands out for water from Shutterstock. ~ Petrenko Andriy Researchers have found that the best way to rid your hands of germs is by simply washing with soap and water. This method proved more effective, and cheaper, that hand sanitisers and wipes. But wipes and gels are just as useful when you are on the go.Take action:Hand washing, correctly done, can easily prevent the spread of germs (especially now that the cold and flu season is coming up). The better you wash, the more likely you are to remove even those tiny particles that if allowed to get into your mouth, could make you seriously ill.Wet your hands, ideally with very warm water; add soap, then rub your hands together to make a soapy lather; vigorously scrub the front and back of your hands and between your fingers.Experts recommend 15 to 20 seconds of rubbing when washing letting the water run into the sink, not down your arms; dry your hands thoroughly with a clean towel. Judge the time is singing Happy Birthday to You. Wash your hands whenever you think you’ve exposed them to bacteria or viruses. How often do you wash your hands? More: Daily: Love or hate Earth Hour?Daily Dose: 15 astounding facts about the human body advertisement Read Health24’s Comments Policy Comment on this story 0 comments Comments have been closed for this article. Logout Comment 0 characters remaining Share on Facebook Loading comments... Other news Diet and nutrition Is your water hydrating you? Fitness 5 ways to save your knees and joints Lifestyle 7 ways dermatologists protect their skin – without totally avoiding the sun Fitness From obesity to a 100-miler running machine! News NSFW: Man with world’s biggest penis now ‘disabled’ News 10 freak accidents that killed people From our sponsors Discover treatments that can help reduce acne What can I do to reduce or remove acne marks? Dementia and Incontinence: what you need to know WIN a R2000 Skin Renewal online store voucher! Live healthier Watch out! » Gross fungal infections you can pick up at the gym You go to gym to exercise. But make sure the only thing you pick up is a dumbbell and not one of these gross fungal infections. Holiday health » Your 10-step asthma holiday checklist Don’t let asthma ruin your summer holiday. Whether you are travelling or embracing the summer at home, make sure you plan ahead.