How to, Proper Hand Hand Washing

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How to wash your hands Washing your hands properly is an easy way to avoid getting and spreading viruses and germs. First, remove all rings, watches, bracelets, or other jewelry on hands and wrists. Jewelry can carry pathogens and should be cleaned with a disinfectant separately, so they will not be damaged. Next, stand close enough to the sink to reach the flow of water without touching the sink with your body because the sink itself should be considered contaminated. By standing too close to the sink it may spread any contamination to your cloths. Then, turn on the faucet and adjust the temperature so that the water is warm. If the water temperature is too hot or too cold it can dry out and chap your skin causing your skin to crack and cracked skin can allow infections into your body. Then, wet your hands by placing them under the flow of water, apply liquid soap, and work soap into a lather by rubbing your palms together and rub the soap in between your fingers for at least thirty seconds. Rubbing your hands together helps in the removal of microorganisms and other germs from the surface of your skin. Next, rinse your hands by placing them under the warm water, holding your hands lower than your elbows allowing the water to remove all soap from your hands, being careful not to touch the sink. Keeping your hands lower than the elbow will allow all soap and germs to flow off your hands easily rather than flow up the arm. Remember, the sink can be contaminated and have germs on it, so avoid touching it and re-infecting your hands. Finally, dry your hands with a paper towel thoroughly and use the paper towel to turn off the faucet before you throw it away. Drying your hands will help prevent them from cracking, and using the paper towel to turn off the water will help you to not touch the sink. Proper hand washing is a great preventative from getting sick or
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