Wasb HandsIt is a fact that washing your hands the right way is the best way to stop the spread of germs and sickness. Here is the proper and most effective way to wash your hands. Follow these steps and do this often to stay healthy and keep others healthy as well.

What you will need:

* Warm running water

* Soap

* 20 seconds

* Clean disposable towel or dryer

What to Do:

*Make sure you are washing your hands regularly throughout the entire day. Wash them even if they don't feel dirty. Especially make sure to wash your hands before eating, preparing food, after using the bathroom, changing a diaper, touching animals, after you cough or sneeze or blow your nose, or contact with a sick person. Also, avoid touching your face, mouth, eyes, or nose until you have washed your hands.

*Place your hands under warm, running water, and get them thoroughly wet.

*Add soap to your hands and vigorously work it into a lather.

*Be sure to scrub all of the surfaces of your hands, including the front, the back, the fingers, in between the fingers, and under the fingernails.

*Continue to wash vigorously for 20 seconds. I have heard it said that if you sing Happy Birthday two times, this will equal the 20 seconds. This is a great idea for kids because it makes if more fun. Maybe even try to make up a hand washing song for your kids and time it out to at least 20 seconds. Kids may need more time because they aren't as efficient as adults.

*Now, rinse your hands really well under the warm, running water.

*Use a disposable paper towel or air dryer to dry your hands off. Cloth towels may have germs on them from the last person who used it, so stick to the disposable paper towels.

*It is also helpful to avoid getting more germs on your hands if you use your towel to turn off the water and open the bathroom door before throwing it in the trash.

* If you are not near water and soap, use an alcohol based hand sanitizer and be sure to get all areas of your hands, fingers, and under fingernails.