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Wash those germs right off your hands

Written by Healthy Living

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

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