Health & Wellness

How to Stop Spreading Germs in the Kitchen

By on 09/14/2017

It’s easy to quickly contaminate multiple surfaces in the kitchen, especially when you’re handling raw meat. Watch this video to learn the right way to wash your hands so you don’t spread harmful bacteria from surface to surface.

Wash and dry your hands properly:

  • Wet your hands under warm running water and apply soap.
  • Scrub your hands, forearms and between your fingers for 20 seconds, or about the time it takes to sing the “Happy Birthday” song. Use a nail brush to scrub under your fingernails.
  • Rinse off the soapy water.
  • Leave the water running while you dry your hands with a paper towel.
  • Turn the water off using the paper towel in your hand.

Other ways to protect your hands and surfaces:

  • Make sure all cuts on your hands and fingers are bandaged.
  • Secure bandages by wearing a glove but be just as aware of what your gloved hand touches to prevent cross-contamination.


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