Journalists: Broadcast-quality video (1:13) is in the downloads at the end of this post. Please courtesy: "Gregory Poland, M.D. / Vaccine Research Group / Mayo Clinic."Read the script.
To properly wash your hands, follow these steps:
Wet your hands with clean, running water — either warm or cold.
Apply any kind of soap and lather well.
Rub your hands vigorously for at least 20 seconds. Remember to scrub all surfaces, including the backs of your hands, wrists, palms, between your fingers and under your fingernails.
Use a clean towel to turn off the faucet and dry your hands.
Dr. Poland says it's important to keep in mind that the faucet and door handles may be contaminated, so once you have washed your hands, use a towel to avoid contacting any of these surfaces as you exit the bathroom.