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Handwashing

Handwashing

What is the best way to wash hands?

At home or work, wash your hands often—and properly:

If soap and water are not available, an alcohol-based hand sanitizer can be used to clean your hands. When using this type of product:

How often should I wash my hands?

Hands should be washed often—more frequently than most people and children do. Because bacteria and other germs cannot be seen with the naked eye, they can be anywhere. According to the CDC, handwashing is especially important:

What is the difference between cleaning and disinfecting?

Cleaning and disinfecting are two different things. Cleaning simply refers to using soap and water to remove dirt and most germs. Disinfecting, on the other hand, refers to cleaning solutions that contain ingredients that kill bacteria and other germs. Many surfaces look clean, but may be contaminated with germs.

The CDC recommends the following when cleaning and/or disinfecting:

The two most important household areas to clean and disinfect properly are the kitchen and the bathroom. In the kitchen, bacteria from raw food can contaminate surfaces and food preparation areas. Without proper cleaning, this can spread disease. Other important areas that require proper cleaning include children's changing tables and diaper pails.

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