The basics of good hygiene apply to best protect yourself and your family from MRSA and other bacterial related infections. Frequently wash your hands with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer for at least 30 seconds. Avoid sharing toiletries like razors and towels. For those involved in athletics, avoid sharing sports equipment, and always wear shower shoes in the locker room. Avoid touching others who have visible skin cuts or abrasions. If you have cuts or abrasions, cover them to protect yourself and others. MRSA is most commonly contracted from contaminated items and surfaces in crowded living conditions, like dorms, barracks and athletic settings, where skin to skin contact can occur.