Your Disgusting Hand-Washing Habit: Solved

Photographed by Maria Del Rio.
We know you're not a monster who leaves the bathroom without washing your hands. But, are you guilty of pulling a mini-rinse? If so, a new faucet design could force you out of this charade by making you wash your hands in the most effective way, reports FastCo.

Sure, hand-washing seems like a simple thing. But, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, it's a skill that escapes far too many of us. Apparently, for maximum cleanliness, you're supposed to first wet your hands with warm or cold water. Then, turn the faucet off and scrub with soap for a full 20 seconds, followed by a rinse.

Truly, a herculean task. But, it's one that would be made a little easier with this faucet, created by Cole Smith, a student at Virginia Tech School of Industrial Design. The faucet automatically pauses during that 20-second scrub sesh — to keep your technique on point and curb water waste. And, it only dispenses the amount you actually need.

So, the next time you're tempted to simply rinse-and-dash, count your 20 seconds and dream of the day when a faucet will do your counting for you. While you're at it, why not take a refresher course in how to correctly dry those immaculate hands of yours?
Image: Cole Smith via FastCo.
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