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Wash Your Filthy Hands (to Stay Healthy)!

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It’s that time of year again, the Fall Funk is going around with a vengeance and if you don’t take precautions you’re tempting a fever-hazed festival of holiday pain.

Does that sound fun? Of course not, but there’s one surefire way to significantly decrease the odds of falling ill – and there’s a good chance you’re not as familiar with it as you think.

Putting Hand-Washing in Perspective  

There’s been a lot of hand-wringing over hand-washing in hospitals, and for good reason. It’s a captive experiment in how badly things can go wrong when proper hand sanitization is not practiced or enforced.

The World Health Organization frames this in lethal terms, and although it’s scary it helps shine a bright light on how important hand-washing really is.

Holiday Hand-Washing Priority

Frequent and thorough hand-washing is always important, but the nature of the holidays makes it even more of a necessity. Why? Here are just a few reasons:

- Increased food handling (and eating)
- More people in confined spaces
- New germs getting introduced to new environments

In a nutshell, it’s because the holidays are a time when there are more opportunities to spread infection, even if all you meant to do was spread the joy.

A Hand-Washing How-To

You likely know the drill: 1) wet hands, 2) turn off the tap, 3) lather up every part of your hands, 4) scrub for 20 seconds, 5) rinse and then 6) dry with a clean towel.

The tricky part is how often you need to do this, which is basically all the time. You want to wash your hands before, during and after prepping food, before eating, any time you encounter an illness or a wound, after using the toilet, after touching kids or any animal (unrelated, of course), after touching trash and after touching high-traffic objects like work keyboards and doorknobs.

Obviously, that’s a lot of hand-washing, but what’s worse – a pleasant 20-second soap-down, or a week in bed on a 7-UP and cracker diet?

So wash your hands, take care of yourself and consult a great local plumber through Porch.com if you need some sink love before the holidays.

Washing your mitts in this top-rated apron sink by Lyons Industries may not get you cleaner than any other sink, but it looks fantastic is made in the USA. 

This stainless steel kitchen sink by Kraus features a goose-neck faucet design for easy cleaning and rinsing and includes a soap dispenser so you never forget to wash your paddies. 

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