A common mistake is lathering up to frequently. It’s especially important to wash your hands before, after and during food preparation, before eating and after using the bathroom; after touching animals or animal waste; when your hands are dirty; before putting in contact lenses; and more frequently when you or someone in your home is sick.
How to wash your hands: Wet your hands with warm water and apply liquid or a clean bar of soap (You don’t need an antibacterial soap.) Rub your hands vigorously together and scrub surfaces. Continue for about 20 seconds. Speak up if you notice that your health care provider doesn’t wash their hands between patients.