Home > Newsletters > Daily: Love or hate Earth Hour? > Daily Dose: Don't believe these asthma myths 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 in Newsletters Don't believe these asthma myths More: Daily: Love or hate Earth Hour?Daily Dose: Don't believe these asthma myths 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 Sex US STIs hit all-time high in 2015 Medical Human right-handedness might go back almost 2 million years Mental health Troubled childhood may boost bipolar risk Diet and nutrition Our genes may soon advise our food and lifestyle choices Lifestyle Which skin products are better, ‘medical grade’ or ‘over-the-counter’? Medical Don't believe these asthma myths From our sponsors Keep an eye on your vision Which skin products are better, ‘medical grade’ or ‘over-the-counter’? Win 1 of 6 R5000 cash prizes Win Skin Renewal voucher 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. No relief for MS » Drug shows promise against MS in mouse study Vitamin D may slow multiple sclerosis Obesity in girls tied to higher MS risk Exercise may not lower women's risk of MS A Harvard study showed no evidence to support the idea that exercise lowers the risk of multiple sclerosis.