"You can not see, smell, or feel bacteria," said Carmen Rottenberg, Acting Assistant Secretary of State for Food Security at the USDA. "By washing your hands properly, you can protect your family and prevent bacteria from contaminating your food and key areas in your kitchen."
Step 2: After wetting your hands with water, turn off the tap and apply soap.
Step 3: Beat your hands by rubbing them together with the soap. Make sure to lather the back of your hands, between your fingers and under your fingernails.
Step 4: Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds. (Sing the alphabet song once or "Happy Birthday" twice.)
Step 5: Rinse your hands well under clean, running water.
Step 6: Dry hands with a clean cloth or dry them in the air
Washing your hands properly is one of the easiest ways to avoid food-borne illnesses that the CDC estimates will kill 48 million Americans annually. This leads to about 128,000 hospital admissions and 3,000 deaths.