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Keeping Your Hands Germ-Free

Keeping Your Hands Germ-Free

The Importance of Proper Hand Hygiene

When it comes to protecting yourself and others from illness-causing germs and bacteria, washing your hands is your first line of defense. However, handwashing is only effective when done properly and frequently!

Proper Handwashing Technique

Washing your hands is one of the most simple and effective ways to prevent yourself and others from getting sick with respiratory and diarrheal illness. Whether you’re out and about or spending time at home, it is important to wash your hands often to keep them germ-free.

When washing your hands, be sure to follow these steps as outlined by the

Centers for Disease control and Prevention (CDC):

  • Wet your hands with clean, running water
  • Lather your hands with antibacterial soap
  • Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds
  • Rinse your hands with clean water
  • Dry your hands with a clean disposable hand towel or air-dry them

How to Use Hand Sanitizer

Although using soap and water is the preferred method for keeping your hands clean, they aren't always readily available. When you can’t wash your hands, opt for an alcohol-based sanitizer that is at least 60% alcohol.

When using hand sanitizer, follow these steps outlined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):

  • Squirt sanitizer into the palm of one hand
  • Rub your hands together, getting the backs of your hands and between your fingers
  • Continue rubbing the product into your hands until they are dry

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