November 23, 2004
Health Tip: Clean Hands
Be sure to wash them properly
(HealthDayNews) -- Washing your hands is one of the best ways to avoid illness, experts say.
But if you don't do it right, germs may get the upper hand, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says:
- First, wet your hands and apply liquid or clean bar soap.
- Next, rub your hands vigorously together and scrub all surfaces. It's this friction that dislodges germs, so continue for 10 to 15 seconds.
- Finally, rinse well and dry your hands thoroughly. If your hands become chapped, they'll provide more nooks and crannies in which germs can hide.