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 Former Banyana midfielder Makhosi Luthuli on her struggle with Lymphoma Medical 4 foods that can improve your hearing Lifestyle PSA: You can now track your periods using your Fitbit Fitness How to burn more kilojoules at the gym — without doing any extra exercise Lifestyle ‘I have endometriosis – but nobody understands it’ Lifestyle Obesity in the workplace: What role should your employer be playing? From our sponsors Win a R1 500 hamper with Alpecin Hypertension Consumer Fact Sheet Understanding diabetes self-management WIN a R2000 Skin Renewal voucher! Live healthier Colds & Flu » Stop believing these 9 flu myths Why the flu makes you feel so miserable 10 ways to avoid being ‘patient zero’ in the office Do not be that sniffling co-worker in the office, infecting everyone around them. Coffee & Your Health » SEE: The dangers lurking in your cup of coffee Can coffee really make you live longer? Does coffee cause cancer? Some argue your coffee should come with sugar, cream – and a cancer warning.