It’s still the season for colds and flu, and washing your hands properly can keep you healthy. Whether you’re shaking hands during a business meeting or having a good time with family, it’s important to remember that hand-to-hand contact can pass germs quite easily.
Follow five simple steps from the Florida Department of Health to wash your hands every time:
- Wet your hands with clean, running water (warm or cold), turn off the tap, and apply soap.
- Lather your hands by rubbing them together with the soap. Be sure to lather the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails.
- Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds. Need a timer? Hum the “Happy Birthday” song from beginning to end twice.
- Rinse your hands well under clean, running water.
- Dry your hands using a clean towel or air dry them.
To get the kids motivated, try Soap Caps, which play a 20-second tune so kids know exactly how long to wash their hands. It helps adults, too. No worries on it stopping soon. The caps last for 500 plays. See soap-caps.com