Washing your hands properly is a complicated business and you are probably doing it wrong. However, you get points for doing it at all because a lot of people don't – even after going to the toilet, which is gross.
✤ You should also wash your hands before eating, before and after touching a sick person, after touching an animal or their waste, after touching rubbish or a nappy or after sneezing into your hands.
✤ If you do not wash your hands you can pass on stomach bugs, flu and other unpleasant diseases.
✤ The World Health Organisation has a technique which you can follow. The whole procedure takes 15 seconds and is best seen as an animation or video. Try this one: tinyurl.com/whowash.
✤ This is the gist of it: wet hands (warm water is better) and apply soap to your palms and rub them together.
Put the palm of one hand over the back of the other hand, intertwine the fingers and move them up and down.
Do the same with both palms, then the backs of your fingers and your thumbs. Rinse your hands and dry firmly with a paper towel.
Here's the clever bit – turn off the tap with the towel because the tap is not as clean as your hands.
Repeat when needed.