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Proper Hand Washing

One important factor in keeping yourself and others healthy is in your hands – literally.

Proper hand-washing is one of the best – and easiest – ways to avoid getting sick and spreading germs to others, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

But it takes more than simply placing your hands under running water for a few seconds. 

How can you help make sure your children are washing their hands correctly? Here’s the correct procedure. Teaching these steps is usually a “work in progress”:

Wet your hands with warm water.

  1. Lather up with soap. Be sure to lather the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails.
  2. Scrub your hands for 20 seconds – about the time it takes to say the alphabet slowly or hum the “Happy Birthday” song twice.
  3. Rinse your hands well under warm, running water.
  4. Dry your hands using a clean towel.