You're Probably Washing Your Hands All Wrong

You probably think you know how to wash your hands, since you do it — hopefully — multiple times a day. But it turns out, 97 percent of Americans wash incorrectly, according to data from the United States Department of Agriculture.

The USDA found that when it comes to hand washing, people make two common mistakes: not washing long enough, and drying their hands on a dirty towel. Gross.

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In honor of Global Handwashing Day, created to raise awareness about how the habit can reduce the spread of germs, disease, and illness (like the flu) here’s a quick how-to on proper hand washing, courtesy of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:

Chances are, you’re probably skimping out on how often you wash, too. The CDC recommends washing:

Aside from washing after going to the bathroom, the CDC advises giving a good scrub after handling meat and eggs.

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