I would like to first apologize for not leaving a link and walking away like I said I would. Sorry about that.
Next, IANMCDEVITT is absolutely correct in the recommendation that hot water is better. Please don't mistake my intention as anything other than agreeing with him about that point. However, washing your hands generally just removes the bacteria/fungi/viri(viruses)/etc and not so much as kills the microbiota. About 120 F to scald your hands, about 140 F to start killing the microbiota due to the heat.
If you just read one link, I suggest this one as the "best". http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3037063/
Thus, handwashing with soap took them only slightly longer than handwashing with water alone. It seems unlikely that this small difference can explain the large difference in the removal of bacteria. Soap on its own appears to have an effect on the removal of bacteria of potential faecal origin, independent of the possibility that soap use may cause people to wash their hands longer.
If you were to go for two links, http://health.howstuffworks.com/skin-ca ... shing2.htm
This page goes into the idea of water temperature. The basic idea: More temperature is better, to a point.
If you were to read three links, this may be the next best. http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/hand-washing/HQ00407
Keep in mind that antibacterial soap is no more effective at killing germs than is regular soap. Using antibacterial soap may even lead to the development of bacteria that are resistant to the product's antimicrobial agents — making it harder to kill these germs in the future.
And one for the Canadians, http://www.healthunit.com/article.aspx?ID=14023
For the people with limited time, http://www.health.state.mn.us/handhygie ... owsoap.pdf
And one more that recommends against antibacterial soaps, http://www.tpchd.org/files/library/12b59c64cf77a8a0.pdf
Lastly, if your physician is prescribing you medicine for routine use, have a supply of that. Does not matter the condition that your physician has prescribed the medicine for (blood pressure, seizures, recurrent infections, ED, etc), it is a good recommendation to have a supply of that. If your physician isn't prescribing you this medicine, you probably don't need that medicine. Especially when more soap and water purification would be more effective.
And masks go on the sick people, not so much on the healthy people. (Not sure where that came from, but my brain said to type it.)
If you want an antiseptic scrub, not for normal use, Hibiclens (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chlorhexidine
) is my recommendation.
And yes; I suck at walking away from threads.