What Is Hand Hygiene?

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Hand hygiene is trying to keep your hands as clean as possible because the hands are the most common way that you get germs into your body. So, the first thing to know is try to keep your hands away from your mouth and eyes because that's great place for germs to get in. But you also want to wash your hands or de-sanitize your hands and your children's hands frequently.

Now, how do you wash your hands? You get soap, first, and water. You put a little soap on with a little water and lather up. The lathering is important. Scrub those hands together because the friction is helpful for getting rid of the germs really loosening them up. Be sure you get between the fingers.

Think about under your fingernails, great place for germs to hide, and be sure you scrub for long enough, so sing a song to yourself like the happy birthday song or row row row your boat. Believe me seems like it's a long time but those germs are really resilient, they stay on your hands, so clean, clean, clean.

The other thing to remember is that using hand sanitizers is a great way to clean your hands if you are away from soap and water. Put a generous amount of hand sanitizer on your hands, rub them together, in between your fingers, under your nails and then let the hand sanitizer dry naturally on your skin.

That's very important. Do not wipe away the excess, just let it dry and you'll keep your hands clean and reduce your risk of getting viruses and other illnesses.