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How to wash your hands

Think you know how to wash your hands? Think again. A study by Michigan State University found that nearly 95 percent of people don’t wash their hands long enough to get rid of germs. Here’s a quick rundown how to do it right:

  • Wash your hands with soap and running water – Soap is proven to be more effective than water alone in lifting microbes and dirt from the skin. Also, running water is better than a basin of standing water where hands can become recontaminated. 
  • Lather your hands – Don’t forget the back of your hands, nails and between your fingers. Scrub for at least 20 seconds. Scrubbing causes friction, which helps lift germs and dirt off your hands.
  • Rinse with clean running water – Rinsing with running water lifts the soap and germs away resulting in cleaner hands that that aren't irritated by dried soap.
  • Dry your hands thoroughly – Germs are transferred more easily to wet hands so make sure your hands are completely dry.

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