A new study suggests that the way Americans are taught to wash their hands when it comes to getting rid of germs. The superior way is going to annoy you, though.
The found that following six extremely precise steps when applying hand sanitizer nixed more bacteria than just , which is what the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention tells people to do. (The winning method consists of numbers two to seven below.)
And that’s the easy way — when you’re using soap and water, your chore is now a whopping , but the study author it works equally well. (Let it be noted that the best hand-sanitizer method has more steps than the CDC’s advice for .)
While it’s very lovely to know that a six- or 11-step cleaning is more effective at eliminating germs than what’s commonly taught, all it takes is one vile person who doesn’t wash their hands touching the bathroom doorknob for you to have on your paws again.
But take heed, gross humans: Even if all germaphobes open the door with a paper towel, you still need to wash your hands after relieving yourself because of the innumerable other things you touch during the day. Come on.