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With flu and cold season upon us, I have become obsessed with my family keeping their hands washed. They are calling me a “Germaphobe” but it is one of the best ways to avoid getting sick and spreading germs. Here are a few tips from the Mayo Clinic.

When Should I Wash My Hands?
As you go through your day, you accumulate germs on your hands as you touch people, objects and surfaces.  Then you infect yourself with these germs by touching your mouth, nose or eyes. Even though it is impossible to keep your hands germ-free, you can limit the transfer of bacteria, viruses and other microbes by washing your hands frequently.


Always Wash your Hands Before
Preparing Food
Giving Medicine or caring for a wound
Touch a sick or injured person
Inserting or removing contact lenses

Always Wash your Hands After:
Preparing food especially Meat or Poultry
Using the Bathroom
Changing a Diaper
Touching an Animal
Blowing your Nose, Coughing or Sneezing into your Hand
Treating Wounds
Touching a sick or injured person
Handling garbage, dirty clothes or shoes.

How Do I Wash My Hands?

The best way to wash your hands is with soap and water. Wet your hands with running water and apply soap.  Lather well and rub your hands vigorously for at least 20 seconds. Remember to scrub the back of your hands, between your fingers and your fingernails.  Rinse thoroughly and dry with a disposable or clean towel.  If possible, use your towel to turn off the faucet and open the door.

Washing your hands often and at the right time will have a big impact on preventing your family from getting sick this winter . Until next month, wash your hands & stay healthy!