Sounds simple and we all have been doing it since we were children. Some of us may still be properly washing our hands. But do you? I bring this subject up because today once again the hand towel in the bathroom was dirty. A dirty cloth towel is a contaminated towel. After looking at the hand-towel, I decided to have a how to wash your hands properly conversation with the boys.And since there is a spot of what looks like engine oil, I think we also need some stronger soap options. Here is how to properly wash your hands: Wet your hands with clean water — warm, if available — and apply soap. Lather by rubbing hands together; be sure to cover all surfaces. Continue rubbing hands together for 15 to 20 seconds — sing "Happy Birthday" twice in your head. I believe that people are in a hurry and they may wash their hands but it is so quickly done that the germs are not removed. Singing Happy Birthday twice takes longer then it sounds. Handwashing Facts and Stats On average, you come into contact with 300 surfaces every 30 minutes, exposing you to 840,000 germs. Only about 5% of people wash their hands correctly. Most people only wash their hands for 6 seconds. Around 33% of people don’t use soap when washing their hands. Up to 80% of communicable diseases are transferred by touch. Proper handwashing can reduce diarrhea rates by 40% and respiratory infections by close to 20%. Failing to wash hands correctly contributes to nearly 50% of all foodborne illness outbreaks. Only 20% of people wash their hands before preparing food, and 39% before eating food. About 7% of women and 15% of men do not wash their hands at all after using the bathroom. Most bacteria on our hands is on the fingertips and under the nails. The number of bacteria on our fingertips doubles after using the bathroom. Most people wash the palms of their hands and miss everything else. Damp hands are 1,000x more likely to spread bacteria than dry hands. Only about 20% of people dry their hands after washing them. There is fecal matter on 10% of credit cards, 14% of banknotes and 16% of cellphones. Approximately 39% of people don’t wash their hands after sneezing, coughing or after blowing their nose. Elevator buttons harbor 22% more bacteria than toilet seats. Reminder signs are successful in encouraging more handwashing. Dirty sinks result in less handwashing. Handwashing rates are higher in the mornings than evenings. 17 Handwashing Facts and Statistics What if you are out and about? How do you clean your hands? I really dislike pumping gas because those nozzles are filthy.Please note: hand sanitizer is not the same as washing your hands.