Want to avoid being sick? Here’s a fact: You can take one simple step to reduce your risks for sickness: Wash your hands!
Simply washing your hands can help you stop bugs such as viruses and bacteria. Otherwise, germs can ride on your hands into your body to infect you.
See how many facts about washing your hands you know!
That’s a myth. Any good hand soap will clean your hands — whether antibacterial or not.
An antibacterial soap is considered to be a cleaning product with active antimicrobial agents.
An antibacterial soap is a good choice for places where people’s immune systems are weak. Places such as hospitals and nursing facilities. Antibacterial soap can also be helpful if your home has pets.
This one is also a myth. The Federal Drug Administration and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have looked into it. They’ve found no evidence that using antimicrobial soap keeps us healthier than regular soap.
Another plus for using regular soap: It tends to be less expensive than antibacterial soaps.
This is a fact. Overuse of antibacterial soaps can reduce the amount of healthy bacteria on your skin. Overuse can make soaps’ antibacterial agents less effective in fighting new strains of germs.
This is another myth. When using an antibacterial soap, you should not change how often or how well you wash your hands.
When should you wash your hands?
Here’s how to effectively wash your hands to get rid of germs:
This is a fact. Products with at least 60 percent alcohol are an effective alternative when you can’t use soap and warm water to wash your hands. Both sanitizing fluids and wipes have the benefit of being portable, so you can use them in lots of places.
Keep in mind: Hand sanitizers do not eliminate all types of germs. Sanitizers should not be used when your hands are greasy or dirty.
The CDC suggests these steps for using a hand sanitizer:
That is a myth. The home toilet isn’t even in the germiest places top 10. Scientists checked surfaces in typical homes to look for germs. They checked for yeast, mold, coliform bacteria (including salmonella and E. coli) and staph germs. (Staph can cause dangerous MRSA infections.) Here are the top-10 places to find germs in most homes:
10. Cutting boards
9. Stove knobs
8. Kitchen counters
7. Pet toys
6. Faucet handles
5. Coffee maker reservoirs
4. Pet bowls
3. Toothbrush holders
2. Kitchen sinks
1. Dish sponges/ dish cloths
When you touch germy surfaces, germs can transfer to your hands. Scratch your nose, rub your eyes or eat finger food, and the germs can take a ride to you!
Teach your family how to stop the spread of germs. It can help you all reduce sickness and stay well!
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