Health Tip: Wash Your Hands

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(HealthDay News) -- Your hands pick up all kinds of germs, so keeping them clean can help reduce your risk of illness.

The Cleveland Clinic offers these suggestions to effectively wash your hands:

  • Rinse your hands under running water, and apply soap evenly over both of your hands. The whole process should take at least one minute.
  • Rub your hands together for 10 to 15 seconds to allow the soap to work.
  • Be sure to rub soap on all areas of the hands, including over the backs and between the fingers.
  • Rinse hands thoroughly and dry them. Avoid touching other surfaces that may be laden with germs.

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