Home > Newsletters > Daily: Love or hate Earth Hour? > Daily Dose: This is why your vanilla or cinnamon flavoured e-cigarette is toxic 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: This is why your vanilla or cinnamon flavoured e-cigarette is toxic 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 News #Health24 ICYMI: Sweeping changes to healthcare; the girl who lived on water and gum; and WHO makes history News Motsoaledi not out ‘to destroy the private health sector’ Diet and nutrition 12 foods that have way more fibre than a shop-bought fibre bar Medical Opioid painkiller prescriptions linked to perks for doctors Lifestyle Plastic surgery for men surging ahead Medical Do you know what causes cancer? From our sponsors Congestion associated with sinuses can ruin your day Tell us of your unusual allergy and stand a chance to win R2 000! WIN a R2000 Skin Renewal online store voucher! FLU SURVEY: Stand a chance of winning R2 000 cash! Live healthier Living with sinusitis » 7 common sinusitis myths you shouldn’t believe Are you using the correct treatment for your sinusitis? How your mucus can be a guide to sinusitis treatment Suffering from chronic sinusitis? Your mucus might help identify the most effective treatment. Sleep better » Most physical activities help you sleep better 10 tips for better sleep 10 reasons you may have insomnia and how fix it Here are 10 reasons why you may have insomnia – along with possible ways to solve the problem.