There's nothing like a clean set of hands.

They smell nice. They look nice. They prevent the spread of viruses, like the flu. Below are a few tips on keeping your hands clean and sanitized.

When should I wash my hands?

  • Every time you use the restroom
  • Before meals
  • After meals
  • After handling garbage
  • After handling any food
  • After touching a pet
  • After changing a diaper
  • After blowing your nose

What's the best way to wash my hands?

Use soap and warm water, and scrub every nook and cranny you can, rubbing your hands together for at least 20 seconds. Get in between your fingers, cover the entire palm, and wash all the way down to the wrist on both sides. Some people say their ABCs and rinse when you get to Z. And try to avoid using your newly clean hands to touch the faucet or doorknob. Use a paper towel if available. Many a "Fifth Guy" may have preceded you.

What kind of problems can regular hand washing prevent?

  • Influenza (the flu)
  • The common cold
  • Strep throat
  • Intestinal disorders, including diarrhea
  • Pneumonia

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