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Clean Hands = Less Germs
 
Handwashing
WASH, WASH, WASH
 
Washing your hands is one of the BEST ways to cut down on the spread of germs. 
Here are some tips from our friends at the CDC (Center for Disease Control)*
WHEN should you wash your hands? 
  • before you eat or touch food
  • after you use the bathroom (or change a diaper)
  • after touching or holding an animal
  • after blowing your nose, sneezing or coughing  
  • after handling garbage (or anything yucky)
 
HOW should you wash your hands
  • Wet your hands with clean running water (warm water is best)
  • Apply soap
  • Rub your hands together to make a lather
  • Make sure you rub ALL parts of your hand
  • Keep rubbing for 20 seconds (that's like singing Happy Birthday TWICE)
  • Rinse all the soap off
  • Dry with a paper towel (or air dry)
  • Use the paper towel to turn off the water.
 
If you're someplace where you can't wash, use hand sanitizer (60% alcohol):
  • Squeeze or pump a drop of sanitizer - about the size of a quarter – into your hand.
  • Rub the sanitizer ALL OVER both hands
Last Modified on November 6, 2009
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