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The Importance of Washing Your Hands Properly

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The Importance of Washing Your Hands Properly

Keeping Your Hands Germ-Free

Washing your hands is one of the easiest ways to stop the spread of illness-causing germs. But that's only the case if you're doing it properly.

The Ways Germs Spread

When it comes to stopping the spread of illness-causing germs and bacteria, washing your hands is your first line of defense. This is because these germs move from surface to surface and can infect your body in the following ways:

  • Touching your eyes, mouth, or nose with unclean hands.
  • Preparing food with dirty hands
  • Eating without washing your hands.
  • Touching contaminated surfaces.
  • Coughing or sneezing into your hands,

Proper Handwashing Technique

Washing your hands often is essential when it comes to stopping the spread of harmful bacteria. Remember to follow these steps every time you wash your hands:

  • Wet your hands clear, running water.
  • Lather your hands with antibacterial soap.
  • Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds, being sure to get the backs of your hands and under your nails.
  • Rinse your hands with clean, running water.
  • Dry your hands with a disposable hand towel or let them air dry.

Using Hand Sanitizer

While washing your hands with water and soap is the most effective way to keep your hands clean, it’s not always accessible. In the event that you can’t wash your hands, using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer is a great alternative.

Follow these tips to use hand sanitizer properly:

  • Use a sanitizer that is at least 60% alcohol.
  • Use enough to cover the surface of the front and backs of your hands.
  • Continue rubbing your hands together until they’re dry.
  • Don’t wipe the sanitizer off before it dries.

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