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Are Your Hands Really Clean

We all know that being germ free is one of the keys to having a healthy life. Have you ever looked at if you are really doing a thorough job of cleaning your hands. It is so important to do a really good job and allowing the proper amount of time and getting all of the areas where germs can possibly live.

One of my readers, Kristin S of http://www.pinterestventure.blogpost.com, commented on a post I had written on teaching kids to get into the habit of washing their hands often and thoroughly to avoid germs.  You can read about it here:http://www.pitterpatterfeet.com/childrens-health-start-healthy-habits-early/.

Kristin remembered doing an experiment in college where she and her classmates rubbed simulated germs on their hands and washed them off really well. They then looked at what was left under a black light. She found that there was a ton of germs left up by her wrists and in the fingernail beds.

I was really surprised. I had heard about making sure you clean under and around your nails but had never heard about the wrist area. That was such a new and interesting fact that I decided to write about it. I felt that there were probably a lot more people like me that had never heard of that.

Toni Nelson of http://www.toninelsonmeansbusiness.com mentioned that she had read some studies that were done that showed the amount of germs on door handles. This was something I was familiar with, which is why after you dry your hands with the paper towel you are to use that paper towel to open the door to leave the bathroom.

Speaking of bathrooms Dinaa Dove of http://www.dinadove.com shared that she had heard that toilet seats themselves were some of the most germ free environments. Can you imagine that? When I thought about it again it makes sense. This is because most germs are transmitted through the hands and people’s legs are sitting on the toilet. So I could see how that could be.

Bottom line make sure that you and your children get in the habit of washing the entire hand, fingernail beds and wrists. Also remember to wash for enough time, 2 verses of Happy Birthday should do the trick or if you have preschoolers whatever song they learn in school.

Thank you so much for stopping by and reading this. Please share this with family and friends and please leave a comment below on your experiences with germs and avoiding them and cleaning. Have a great day!!! :-)

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