You can’t imagine how many things we touch in a day and how many bacteria live there. Hands are potential home for all the terrible bacteria such as E. coli or salmonella, and even various viruses so you should really take care. It is also impossible to stay away from them since they are literally everywhere. But how do we know if we were really able to get rid of these bacteria when we wash our hands? You probably wonder, and to answer your question, Jennie Agg from Dailymail has come up with a unique experiment that shows us how well our washing routine affects the amount of bacteria present on our hands and here is what she found. Take a look at the images below.
To do this whole test, Jennie Agg has brought in a UV camera and a Glo Germ gel. These particles are clear under normal light but glow white under UV light and that means you get to truly measure how well you’ve washed your hands. The whiter your hands look the less clean they are. You don’t believe it? Neithe do I.
Rinsing and shaking off the water
A lot of us, when we are in a hurry we don’t take much time to wash our hands. We just give them a quick rinse and shake off the water before as we run for our business. So, as you see in the picture, clearly all you did while washing them, is nothing. According to a study at Michigan State University in 2013, around a quarter of people only give their hands a quick rinse. Men were more likely to just rinse their hands than women after going to the loo. Oops!
After six-second rinse with water and no soap
According to a research, six seconds is the average amount of time people spend on washing their hands. In Jennie’s experiment, her hands showed small areas of darkness, but her nails, cuticles and the folds in her skin still showed significant amounts of white color.