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Washing hands Overhanging boy

There are hundreds of germs living on your hands. Some are harmless, and some are not.

Why wash your hands?

A recent study found that one in six people’s mobile phones had poo on them and one in four people’s hands had poo on them. That’s totally revolting! And not only is it revolting, it also spreads diseases like coughs and colds and sickness and diarrhoea, and no-one likes being ill!

To stay healthy, it is really important that all members of the family wash their hands properly after using the toilet, before cooking and eating, after stroking pets or taking the rubbish bins out and after messy play.

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Did You Know?
Nurse holding image In 2012, the British Olympic Association told Team GB athletes not to shake hands in case they caught a bug that might ruin their chances of a medal.

Get scrubbing

  • Make sure you use warm running water and soap.
  • Rub your hands together until the soapy lather appears.
  • Rinse your hands under warm running water and dry them with a clean towel or hand dryer.
Riddle me this!
Which has more germs?
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If you wash your hands properly you should be able to sing ‘Happy Birthday’ twice while doing it.
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