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5 Steps to Wash Your Hands the Right Way

5 Steps to Wash Your Hands the Right Way

Washing your hands is one of the most effective ways to prevent the spread of germs. There is a right way to wash your hands. Check out these five steps to get it done correctly:

Wet your hands with clean, running water (warm or cold), turn off the tap, and apply soap.

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Lather your hands by rubbing them together with the soap. Lather the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails.

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Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds. Need a timer? Hum the “Happy Birthday” song from beginning to end twice. (Tired of humming happy birthday, check out the tunes below!)

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Rinse your hands well under clean, running water.

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Dry your hands using a clean towel or air dry them.

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* If soap and water are not readily available, you can use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.

Get more information about handwashing from the CDC >>>

Tired of humming “Happy Birthday?” Check out these tunes:

Sweet Caroline by Neil Diamond
Sweet Caroline
Good times never seemed so good
I've been inclined
To believe they never would
Oh, no, no

Africa by Toto
It's gonna take a lot to drag me away from you
There's nothing that a hundred men or more could ever do
I bless the rains down in Africa
Gonna take some time to do the things we never had

...Baby One More Time by Britney Spears
My loneliness is killing me (and I)
I must confess I still believe (still believe)
When I'm not with you I lose my mind
Give me a sign
Hit me, baby, one more time

Jolene by Dolly Parton
Jolene, Jolene, Jolene, Jolene
I'm begging of you please don't take my man
Jolene, Jolene, Jolene, Jolene
Please don't take him just because you can

A Spoonful of Sugar from Mary Poppins, Songwriters: Richard Sherman / Robert Sherman
That…a…spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down
The medicine go down
The medicine go down
Just a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down
In a most delightful way

Livin' On A Prayer by Bon Jovi
Woah, we're half way there
Woah, livin' on a prayer
Take my hand, we'll make it I swear
Woah, livin' on a prayer

Woah, we're half way there
Woah, livin' on a prayer
Take my hand, we'll make it I swear
Woah, livin' on a prayer

Love Shack The B-52's
The love shack is a little old place where
We can get together
Love shack baby
A love shack baby
Love shack, baby love shack
Love shack, baby love shack
Love shack, baby love shack
Love shack, baby love shack