Besides the obvious, washing your hands after using the restroom, scratching your butt or picking your nose there are other times when doing so is recommended. A word of caution: Hand sanitizers are great and very effective at killing germs. However, be aware that they do cause dryness if over used and are not meant to replace hand washing indefinitely. Keep a bottle in your car for on-the-go cleaning.
Notice that grungy feeling on your hands after buying the groceries? That is a combination of nasty things, from possible pesticides to other germy hands to spilled juices and dried meat blood.
Surprised? Hospitals are a hot bed of viral and infectious diseases and pathogens. Make use of the hand sanitizer hospitals now keep in almost every room and wash well with warm water and soap after visiting.
We all know how germs spread throughout schools, it's even worse on school buses. Have your children wash their hands and their faces thoroughly as soon as they get home from school.
Washing before you eat is most obvious but restaurants, especially those that offer buffet style dining are another hot bed for germs. Be sure to wash thoroughly before leaving the restaurant or use hand sanitizer.
Public meetings of all kinds could be a threat, whether it's an office meeting or a backyard barbeque. If there is a lot of sneezing, blowing, sniffing and wiping going on you need to keep those hands away from your face and wash as soon as possible.
Awesome list! Great job!
Thanks for this reminder list! Hand-washing, is so very important to stay healthy! H5!
Good info. Thanks!
Excellent, but you forgot bum scratching and dumpster diving...otherwise, very nice!
great article. It is important to have clean hands. germs are all over.
Great list to remember this time of year!
This is awesome! I am embarrassed to say I never thought about it after grocery shopping (but I have always washed vegetables, so don't think I'm totally grimy!) Thanks, and congratulations on the front page! :-)
Excellent topic. Almost everyone has a cold or flu right now (at least all my Facebook friends do).
Really good list everyone should follow! Congrats on front page!
Great idea and a very timely list! Thanks, Elaine, and congratulations on the front page.
Washing hands is especially important for those with compromised immune systems. Congrats on the front page!
Hand-washing is so important, Elaine. Another well-written article.
Congratulations on having a front page article, Elaine...woo hoo! These are great tips about hand washing. We wash our hands after visiting all of these places too.
Wow, this is awesome. It's been a very long and rough day, I'm just now seeing this. Thanks LM5 and thank you all my friends for your wonderful support. (((HUGS)))
Back to say congratulations on the front page! Way to go, Elaine!
Way to go Elaine! Great list and front page congrats!
Washing hands is the number one way to avoid getting a cold or flu or worse. Great list. Congrats on front page!
I always feel so dirty when I leave the supermarket. (and not in a good way.) Congrats on the front page!
Yes, restaurants and grocery shopping, especially if you've been pushing around a cart. Congrats on featured again!
Great advice! So true--during public meetings, everyone is shaking hands!
Good list! Congratulations on making front page.
Excellent advice and high 5!
oh, and a high 5 too!
A conscientious hand washer such as I, I can tell you've been around the block as well. These are key places to be conscious of washing hands. Nobody wants to be rude but I have seen things people do in church before they shake a hand in fellowship and where as I don't refuse the hand shake, I always have that bottle of sanitizer until can wash. Great article and congratulations!
Great health post for washing hands.Congratulations on the front page spot.
Just reading this makes me want to wash my hands. Enjoy the front page.
Not to sound like a mysophobic, anytime is the perfect time to wash your hands!
Great reminders of all the places we can pick up germs! H5
Got 5 kids in the house, 4 of which are in public schools, good reminders.
Congrats, Elaine! This timely list is just in time for the flu season. Well deserved front page.
Congrats on the front page spot Elaine! Wonderful reminders on hand washing. I send the kids into the bathroom to wash as soon as they walk in the door from school.
Congratulations on the featured list! Great ideas. When I volunteer, we also sanitize the booths before and after reading at Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic.
Hand washing is our single most line of defense against those nasty little germs that make us sick. I'm glad to see you included the hospital and add to that the Dr's office - germy places.
Washing one's hands at least 7 times a day is recommended. I know I wash my hands much more than that and wish others did too!
Always thought I was pretty good at this, but I see I don't wash up as often as I should! Appreciate your list. Here's to soap and water! :)
Thank you for the reminders some I have not thought of in a couple years. And with winter upon us, this is a great help! GBU and yours. :)
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