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Hand Washing 101

Drying Your Hands

Now that your hands have been properly washed, you need to dry them without getting them dirty again in the process.

In many cases, particularly at home, it's difficult to avoid recontamination when drying because you're using the same hand towel repeatedly. This towel can contain the bacteria left in the water on hands from previous uses, and you may be putting them right back on your hands after taking the time to wash them. To properly dry your hands, be sure to either use disposable hand towels or change reusable ones frequently.

Most public restrooms have either disposable towels or hand driers, which blow warm air onto your hands and help to remove any remaining water. Be careful when pressing the button on the drier, since it could be contaminated. When turning it on, be sure to use a different, unexposed part of your body, such as an elbow.

It's amazing how something as simple as good hand washing can help to keep you healthy. Using the tips for when and how to decontaminate your digits should help keep bacteria and other germs at bay. Continue on to the next page for even more information on washing your hands.