HANDWASHING with soap removes germs from your hands. Keeping your hands cleans prevents infections. Adults and kids frequently touch their eyes,nose, and mouth without even realizing it. Germs can get into the eyes, nose and mouth and make us sick.
Why Is Hand Washing So ImportantWashing hands is so important because it helps prevent the spread of germs. Good hand washing is the first line of defense against the spread of many illnesses — from the common cold to more serious infections, such as meningitis,bronchiolitis, the flu, hepatitis A, and many types of diarrhea.
Soap and clean water are effective at removing certain types of germs, like Cryptosporidium, norovirus and Clostridium difficile.
What’s the Best Way to Wash Hands?
- Wet your hands with clean, running water (warm or cold). Make sure the water isn’t too hot for little hands.
- Use soap and lather up for about 20 seconds. Antibacterial soap isn’t a must — any soap will do.
- Make sure you get in between your fingers, on the backs of hands, and under the nails where germs like to hang out. And don’t forget the wrists!
- Rinse and dry well with a clean towel.