4. Myth: Washing your hands in a public washroom is counterproductive because the fixtures and surfaces are covered with bacteria
Proper hand washing, even in a filthy public washroom, improves your hygiene, says Scott. Here’s how to do it:
1. Wet your hands with warm water.
2. Put a small amount of liquid soap on your hands.
3. Rub hands together for 20 seconds to produce a good lather. Take care to scrub up your wrists and backs of hands, between your fingers and under your nails.
4. Rinse your hands with running water for at least 10 seconds.
5. Grab a paper towel to fully dry your hands. Use that towel to turn off the taps. Do not touch the taps with your clean hands.
6. Grab another piece of towel and use it to open the washroom door.