Washing your hands on a regular basis is a good habit to stay healthy year-round. But did you know the key to proper hand-washing isn't what type of soaps you use or how much you use, but the way you wash your hands? Instead of chemical-laden, antibacterial hand soaps packaged in plastic bottles, regular bar soap can be just as effective to get hands clean. The trick is to use warm to hot water (not scalding) and to scrub well and thoroughly. This will eradicate bacteria and viruses off your hands without the use of chemicals. Dry your hands on a clean towel dedicated to drying hands only.