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Why It Is So Important To Keep Your Hands Clean

Every time your hands come in contact with something nasty, an odor begins to gather. You get all sweaty — it looks like you’re about to get into trouble. Not only do they make you think you might just be dirty; they also make you think, “I’ve got to wash my hands before entering this room.” When you think like that, you’re more likely to stay clean and avoid temptation.

There are many ways to get dirty, not just your hands. Just about every time you wash your hands, you are making contact with bacteria, dirt and oils, all of which can affect your immune system. It is your first line of defense and, even though it’s so important, not all diseases can be prevented by washing your hands. If you do not believe us, use the soap test — simply wet your finger and let it air dry on a paper towel. If the dry finger tests negative for disease, you are not likely to get sick. Another way to stay healthy is to wash your hands before preparing or serving food.

So next time you eat in a public place, be sure to wash and dry your hands before eating. Make sure you get all the germs off of them before you touch your plate.

How to Get Your Hands Clean

There are many ways to get your hands thoroughly clean; many of them are simply habits to get you started. Be sure to do them before leaving the house.

1. If possible wash your hands with soap and water if your soap doesn’t completely dissolve soap, don’t run or rinse your hands dry and don’t use too much soap; and do not use any lotion, hand soap or hand cream on them. Make them as dry as possible but not completely dry. 2. Using a plastic fork and spoon, carefully separate your fingers from the tips of your fingers with the help of a metal spoon. Your fingers should be completely separate, and not stick to the sides of your spoon when you pick up your food. 3. If you are using either a paper towel or the sink, remove all lint and dirt with a wet sponge or a washcloth before returning to the kitchen. To help get all the food off your hands, use a paper towel to wipe the edge of the plate where you are about to serve it. Use a washcloth to wash the bottom of the plate if you’re serving something with a long handle or handle that sticks out. Place a paper towel between the plate and the handle of the fork or spoon as you use it; this prevents you from using the fork or spoon at all while you wash your hands. 4. Remove all foreign objects from your hands, then scrub your fingers with a clean cloth. If you use a hot wash cloth, do not allow it to reach a temperature greater than 120 degrees Fahrenheit (49 °C). If you use a milder one, make sure it does not get hotter than 140 degrees (63 °C). 5. Take extra care when handling food; if you are going to take a bite, make sure you take a quick and clean bite of every bite, and then a second bite right away. If your plate or fork has any dirt or grime on it, wipe it out quickly. When in doubt, use a hot washcloth or sponge to wash all objects around where you are about to eat, even the food you’re planning to eat.

Hand washing becomes more of a habit than an individual necessity, as there are numerous easy, efficient and cost-effective ways to get your hands clean. While many people have habits that help them stay cleaner at all times or that protect them from infection or illness, the key to hand washing is making the habit more systematic.