Hold your hands pointing down under warm water for 15 to 30 seconds.
Clean under your nails.
Dry with a clean towel.
Proper hand washing is the best way to avoid spreading germs to help prevent infection.
Debra G. Wechter, MD, FACS, General Surgery practice specializing in breast cancer, Virginia Mason Medical Center, Seattle, Washington. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.