LiveWell Minute: Hand Washing

The easiest and most effective way to prevent the spread of illnesses is hand washing.  Janae Brown, ARNP, says it really is the best way to stop germs from spreading.  And it's easy for everyone to do.

We touch thousands of things every day, from telephones to toilets.  Many have germs that transfer to our hands, which can travel to our mouths via food.

Most healthcare professionals recommend wetting our hands with clean, running water,  warm or cold water will do.  Lather up the soap by rubbing both hands together for about 20 seconds, then rinse them with clean running water before drying them with a clean towel.

The most important times for hand washing are after using the restroom, after preparing food, before eating are key, but washing our hands often can stop germs from spreading from one person to another and throughout an entire community.