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Learning how to wash your hands properly is an essential step toward bettering your overall health and wellbeing. Every day, we come into contact with many germs that causes illnesses. Just by practicing proper hand hygiene, you can avoid bacteria that contribute to sickness. However, when should you wash and for how long? Is there a way to remind your children to wash their hands? What about hand sanitizer?

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1. Wash Daily

The Centers for Disease Control recommends you wash your hands after a variety of everyday occurrences, such as before and after preparing food. Meals that use raw chicken can cause salmonella and make you sick. Rinse your hands before every meal, even if you didn't cook it. You should also wash your hands after changing diapers or handling garbage, changing the litter box, petting animals, or feeding them. If you are sick, wash your hands more frequently than usual.

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