9 Health Dangers of Not Washing Your Hands Enough

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3) Improper Handwashing

Equally important to washing your hands often enough, is washing them properly. Simply running your hands under cold water and shaking them off is as good as not washing them at all. To wash your hands thoroughly, you should lather up with soap and scrub both sides of your hands, in between your fingers and under your nails for 20 seconds. Some experts recommend you should sing the Happy Birthday Song, or something similar in length, to ensure proper hand washing. This also works well in teaching children how to wash their hands properly. Rinse well with hot water. Cross contamination is another aspect of improper hand washing. This is especially true when using public rest rooms. You shouldn’t touch the handle of the faucet with clean hands. You run the risk of re-contaminating your skin with what you just washed off.

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