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Why is it Important to Wash Your Hands

Learn why it is important to wash your hands with these facts about germs from Dettol.

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

  • Germs are everywhere. They lurk in the obvious places such as the bathroom, but there are also less obvious places where germs abound. Kids pick up germs from touching doorknobs and using shared spaces such as computers, art supply drawers 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 in their hands. And if they do sneeze into their hands, they must wipe their hands clean on a tissue and discard it, as well as use hand sanitizer right after. 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 Dettol® 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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