How to Wash Your Hands to Avoid Spreading Germs

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Washing your hands is the best way to stop germs from spreading. Think about all of the things that you touched today – from the telephone to the toilet. Maybe you blew your nose in a tissue and then went outside to dig around the dirt. Whatever you did today, you came into contact with germs. It’s easy for a germ on your hand to end up in your mouth. Think about how many foods you eat with your hands.

The best times for you to wash your hands:

– before eating or touching food (like if you’re helping cook or bake, for example)
– after using the bathroom
– after blowing your nose or coughing
– after touching pets or other animals
– after playing outside
– before and after visiting a sick relative or friend

The next time you’re told to step up to the sink and scrub your hand use these hints to be sure you are spit shine clean.
1) Use warm water (not hold or cold) when you wash your hands.
2) Use whatever soap you would like. Some soaps come in cool shapes, colors, smell nice, but whatever kind that gets you scrubbing is the kind you should use. Antibatcerial soaps are okay to use, but regular soap will work just fine.
3) Work up some lather on both sides of your hands, wrists, and between your fingers. Don’t forget to wash around your nails. This is one place germs like to hide. Wash for 15 – 30 seconds – about how long it takes to sing happy birthday.
4) Rinse and Dry well with a clean or paper towel.

One of the most important thing that you can do to keep from getting sick is to wash your hands often. Unfortunately, many people, especially kids, either do not wash their hands often enough or don’t do it correctly.


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