Studys Shows Most People Don't Know How To Wash Their Hands

Leslie Hanson
July 4, 2018

If you're preparing food, chances are that you're not properly washing your hands. The rest of them didn't last the proper time, or dried their hands with towels that were not clean. Their most common error was not rubbing their hands with soap for at least 20 seconds, followed by not washing their hands at all.

The study found that only 3 percent of participants followed all the necessary steps to properly wash their hands, and almost 50 percent of the time, participants spread germs.

363 people were tested in kitchen test facilities in North and SC (remind us never to eat there), and just about all of them failed the minimum cleanliness levels, with numerous members not even bothering to dry there hands after not washing them properly, allowing them to air-dry around the food. The broader study was linked to food preparation habits like thermometer usage.

"There were many, many times in the course of the study that people had the opportunity to wash their hands - almost 1,200 opportunities", Rottenberg told NBC News.

As for meat thermometer use, people in the group who watched the video were twice as likely to use a thermometer and to insert it in the correct location of the patty (from the side, in case you're wondering). It is important to tell that the video, indeed, did not specifically showed good hand-washing techniques.

Insufficient hand washing, especially after handling raw meat, can lead to the spread of germs that can cause foodborne illnesses.

So, how should you wash your hands?


Image credit: Getty " You can't see, smell or feel bacteria", said the acting deputy undersecretary for food safety at the USDA, Carmen Rottenberg.

The CDC has some instruction on how to properly wash hands that you can use before and after eating.

After wetting the hands, close the water and softly apply soap to them. Many of them also didn't wet their hands before lathering up, and didn't dry their hands properly after rinsing.

And Luis Delgadillo with the USDA said drying your hands, versus just shaking them off, is a step that shouldn't be ignored.

The process should happen with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.

The percentage is appalling: 97 percent of people failed to properly clean their hands in the collaborative study by the USDA, RTI International and N.C. State University. To time yourself, scrub for as long as it takes to hum the song "Happy Birthday" two times.

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