by Isabelle Workman
December is National Hand Washing Month. Bacteria can be spread in many ways. But simply by consistently washing your hands, it will minimize spreading bacteria and keep you safer from flu and cold germs.
1. Wash your hands with warm soap and water for at least 20 seconds before and after handling food and after using the restroom.
2. Wash your hands after playing with pets or visiting petting zoos.
3. Wash cutting boards, utensils and counter tops with hot soapy water after preparing each food and before you go on to the next food.
4. Use paper towels to clean up kitchen surfaces because cloth towels can become contaminated with bacteria.
5. Rinse fresh fruits and vegetables under running water, including those with skins and rinds that are not eaten.
6. Keep books, backpacks, purses, and shopping bags off of the kitchen table or counters where food is prepared and served.
7. If you exercise at a gym, wash your hands with hot soapy water before and after using any gym equipment.