No wonder Madelyn, my 9 year old had a sore throat last weekend, I've been teaching her the wrong way to wash her hands!!

Researchers in Scotland recently found that just soaping them up and rubbing them together leaves a lot of bacteria behind.  Whoops.

I guess the BEST way to wash them is how doctors and nurses do it.  It's more complicated, but it gets rid of almost twice as much bacteria.

Think "Grey's Anatomy" in that sink room before surgery!

Here are the six steps.

1.  Use soap and water, and rub your hands together like you normally would.

2.  Keep scrubbing, but interlock your fingers.

3.  Rub one hand over the back of your other hand, and interlace your fingers while you do it.  So the fingers on one hand should be scrubbing between the fingers on your other one, from the back.  Then repeat it with the other hand.

4.  Cup your hands, hook them together, and twist them from side to side.

5.  Interlock the webbing between your thumbs, like you're trying to shake hands with yourself.  Then scrub like that for a few seconds.

6.  Then, use the tips of your fingers to scrub the palm of your other hand.  Then rinse.

I mean, I'm sure that does kill more germs than the old "Sing Happy Birthday twice" method, but it also takes 20 minutes!!! (Ok, I'm exaggerating, but still!)

Here's a video -