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Germs such as bacteria, viruses, and parasites are found everywhere. They can be in the air and water, and they can be on surfaces such as food, door handles, and your skin. Every day, your hands come into contact with germs. Many of these germs can make you and your family sick. Washing your hands is one of the easiest and most effective ways to lower your risk of getting and sharing germs.
When to wash your hands
How to wash your hands with soap and water
How to clean your hands without soap and water
If soap and clean running water are not available, use an alcohol-based wipe, spray, or hand gel (hand sanitizer). The hand sanitizer should contain at least 60% alcohol. Hand sanitizers are not recommended as a replacement for hand washing with soap and water when you are preparing food.
This information is not intended to replace advice given to you by your health care provider. Make sure you discuss any questions you have with your health care provider.
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