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Hand Washing Promotes Good Health

As cold and flu season gears up, keeping hands clean helps to prevent illness at home, at school, and at work. The CDC reminds us that hand washing is a simple thing and it's the best way to prevent infection and illness.

When washing hands with soap and water:

  • Wet your hands with clean running water and apply soap. Use warm water if it is available.
  • Rub hands together to make a lather and scrub all surfaces.
  • Continue rubbing hands for 15-20 seconds. Need a timer? Imagine singing "Happy Birthday" twice through to a friend.
  • Rinse hands well under running water.
  • Dry your hands using a paper towel or air dryer. If possible, use your paper towel to turn off the faucet.
  • Always use soap and water if your hands are visibly dirty.

If clean water and soap are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Alcohol-based hand rubs significantly reduce the number of germs on skin and are fast-acting.

When using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer:

  • Apply product to the palm of one hand.
  • Rub hands together.
  • Rub the product over all surfaces of hands and fingers until hands are dry.

By practicing good hand washing and sanitizing, we can help stop the spread of germs.