Hand washing is crucial for excellent hygiene because it stops bacteria in their tracks. According to the Mayo Clinic, washing your hands reduces the spread of bacteria, viruses, and other pathogens. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests washing your hands with soap and clean water or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer, since studies show that both are efficient means of keeping germs at away.
Of course, it is difficult to keep your hands germ-free at all times, but it is very necessary after handling the following things.
- Handrails or doorknobs
- Restaurant menus
- Anything in a doctor's office
- Cutting boards or kitchen sponges
- Pens that are not yours
- Soap dispensers or pumps
- Anything in an airport
Source: Reader's Digest