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Why is it Important to Wash Your Hands?

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Keeping hands clean is one of the most efficient ways to help stop the spread of germs and help prevent illness. Read the facts below and learn why it is important to wash your hands regularly.

  • Germs are everywhere. There are the obvious culprits such as the bathroom, but there are also less obvious places where germs lurk. Kids pick up germs from touching doorknobs and using shared spaces, such as computers and reading nooks.
  • Germs are strong. According to the CDC, germs can survive on any surface you touch for over 2 hours.
  • Germs are easily passed. Kids pick up a lot of germs by sharing toys and snacks, and by touching common things like doorknobs and drinking fountains.
  • Sneezes spread thousands of tiny droplets of germs and pathogens into the air. Teach kids to sneeze into the crook of their elbow or a tissue rather than their hands. Hand washing is the first line of defense against the chance of getting sick. Kids frequently touch their face after their hands come in contact with germs from toys and food. Kids who wash their hands after snack time and play time with the Lysol® No-Touch Automatic Hand Soap Dispenser will kill germs and reduce the chance of getting sick. 

The CDC recommends hand washing as the most effective way to help stop the spread of illnesses worldwide. Teach your kids why it is important to wash your hands and help keep your family healthy.

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