soap-genie.jpgWebMD has an article says 2 Out of 3 Americans Don't Wash Hands. Wow! Shocking!

A thousand Americans participated, evenly split between men and women. All were at least 18 years old.

Here are the percentages who admitted they might not wash their hands properly in these situations:

- After sneezing or coughing: 37%
- After handling animals or pets: 27%
- Before eating or handling food: 10%
- After going to the toilet: 7%
- A bit more than three in 10 said they wouldn't skip or skimp on hand washing in any of those situations. But the remaining 69% didn't make that clean-hands claim.

But Germans have dirtier hands than American's.

So how can you better wash your hands, the article says?

  • Wash your hands with soap and clean running water for 20 seconds.
  • Wet your hands with clean running water and apply soap.
  • Use warm water if available.
  • Rub hands together to make a lather and scrub all hand surfaces.
  • Continue rubbing hands for 20 seconds -- the time it takes to sing "Happy Birthday" twice.
  • Rinse hands well under running water.
  • Dry hands using a paper towel or air dryer.
  • If possible, use your paper towel to turn off the faucet.
  • If soap and water aren't available, use an alcohol-based product to clean your hands.

Or get a singing, music playing soap dispenser. You can buy the Soap Genie™ Automatic Dispenser, which plays a charming musical chime while you wash at, Amazon.com, SkyMall, Sharper Image or other fine retailers.