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Cleaning your hands regularly with soap and water or with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer is one of the most effective ways to remove germs, reduce illness, and protect yourself and those around you.
Washing your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds is one of easiest and most effective ways to reduce the spread of germs.
1. Wet your hands with clean, running water (warm or cold), turn off the tap, and apply soap.
2. Lather your hands by rubbing them together with the soap.
3. Lather the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails.
4. This should take at least 20 seconds.
5. Rinse your hands well under clean, running water.
6. Dry your hands using a clean towel or air dry them.
Alcohol-based hand sanitizer can be a great option when you don’t have access to soap and water.
1. If you don’t have soap and water, use a hand sanitizer with at least 60% ethanol or at least 70% isopropanol. This concentration is the minimum required to kill microbes on your hands.
2. Apply the gel product to the palm of one hand (read the label to learn the correct amount).
3. Rub your hands together.
4. Rub the gel over all the surfaces of your hands and fingers until your hands are dry. This should take at least 20 seconds.