With the swine flu concern, there are a lot of recommendations for washing your hands for 20 seconds every time you touch certain things, etc (basically washing more often). How do you know if it has been 20 seconds? I sing (usually in my head) either the ABC song or a round of old McDonald had a farm. That is one of the best ways to know if you have washed your hands long enough. But you have to be actually washing your hands for the entire song, not rinsing for part of it. This is one thing that I learned years ago that has truly helped all of us keep healthy (I learned it when husband and Jess both had pneumonia.). If anyone else has hints for handwashing, post them here! Oh - keep paper towels in the bathroom. Leave the water running until you have dried your hands and then use the paper towel to turn off the faucet (as seen posted in my hospital room during my cellulitis stay. I also have a small spray bottle that came with hand sanitizer (walmart checkout area - get 2 sm spray bottles for $1.50). I refill them with alcohol and use them to spray toilet seats that have no paper liners, even the grocery cart handles get a spray and tehn a wipe with a tissue from my purse.