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Washing hands

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

Why wash your hands?

To stay healthy, it’s 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.

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

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Did You Know?
Brain borg Most people spend all of the time washing the palms of their hands and never consider the fingertips, but under the nails and on the fingertips is where the most bacteria is!

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're washing your hands properly, you'll have time to sing ‘Happy Birthday’ twice while doing it.
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Page last reviewed: 10-11-2021

Next review due: 10-11-2024