You've been washing your hands all wrong -- here's the scientifically best way to do it

Washing your hands is a surefire way to rinse away potentially hostile microbes.

But is there a single best way to do it?

A study published in April found that those who did the six-step washing method recommended by the World Health Organisation were able to lower the bacterial count on their hands by 21%, while those who did a three-step method saw only a 6% reduction.

If you, too, want to get your hands as clean as possible, here’s the method for washing your hands the right way.

How to wash your hands

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