"Here, slave; bring water, that we may wash our hands
before meat!" No slave appeared, but my brother remarked that the Barmecide did not fail to rub his hands as if the water had been poured over them.
Ash Soni, of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society, said: "We don't wash our hands often enough, for long enough, to get rid of the bacteria that can cause illness.
"Even when we remain unaffected by bugs we carry, if we don't wash our hands we can transmit infections which become a real problem for those who are more vulnerable, who may then need antibiotics."
The message from health experts comes after a survey revealed that half of us claim to be too busy to wash our hands
and one in four only scrub them when they look or feel dirty.
It was discovered less than half of us wash our hands
after sneezing or blowing our nose.
However, although TV, radio and newspaper adverts have advised us to wash our hands
with soap and water frequently, no mention has been made of the importance of using hot water.
ALL of us remember being constantly told to wash our hands
One worker said: "Management should get the heating system fixed before wasting time telling us how to wash our hands
ONE in five of us don't wash our hands
after using the loo, a survey has revealed.
"Those kind of exercises took care of answering the question of why we need to wash our hands
. We then talked about all the times when it is important to wash your hands, like before you eat and after going to the toilet.
"Whenever we put our finger to our face, even accidentally, we were immediately sent to wash our hands
HEALTH chiefs have slipped up on soap in a pounds 2.5million campaign telling us how to wash our hands
EVERYBODY can remember as a child being told repeatedly by parents to wash our hands
Yesterday they announced a new pounds 2.5 million initiative - to teach us all how to wash our hands