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The Right Way to Wash Your Hands

By Brandi Goodman 

The fall season is when sickness typically starts to set in. You're in close proximity with others. The weather changes from hot to cold, cold to hot, and back again. The crisp air impacts your lungs. You may be getting little sleep. There's so many factors that go into why one becomes sick now compared to throughout the summer. Either way, hand washing should be practiced more often to help avoid this. You need to be sure you're doing this the right way though if you want it to be truly effective.

Scrub for 20 Seconds

Running your hands quickly under water for a second or two won't do anything. You need to actually stand there and scrub for a good 20 seconds if you have any hope of washing the germs away. You don't have to keep the water on though. Scrub your hands with soap for the full timeframe and then rinse it away afterward.

Get the Soap Everywhere

You don't want to apply the soap to the palms of your hands only. Germs can be between your fingers, under your nails, and on the backs of your hands as well. You need to make sure you're getting the soap everywhere and scrubbing well to really get the bacteria off you. 

Dry With a Clean Towel

It's important to dry your hands off well after you've washed them. Wet palms actually spread germs more easily than dry ones. Using a dirty towel, or one that's been out for a few days, won't help. You need to be sure you have a clean towel free from bacteria. If the towel in your bathroom already seems wet or has a funny smell, don't use it. Opt for shaking your hands toward the sink and going for an air-dry method instead. Paper towel is also a good solution as long as you stick with one sheet.

The act of washing your hands may seem simple, yet so many people continue to do it wrong. You need to ensure you're washing for the appropriate amount of time -- and getting the soap and water on both sides of your hands -- if you really want to wash the germs away. Illness prevention methods such as hand washing can help you remain healthy throughout the fall and winter so you can enjoy your time rather than spend it feeling unwell and isolated.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Pickerington, Ohio

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