Here’s How to Wash Your Hands Properly

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Want to keep your kids—and yourself!—from getting sick? We’ve got three words for you: Wash those hands! It may seem obvious, but that doesn’t make it any less important. “The easiest, most practical and probably most effective method to prevent infection is to wash your hands,” says Donald Shifrin, MD, a pediatrician at Allegro Pediatrics outside of Seattle, Washington, and a clinical professor of pediatrics at the University of Washington School of Medicine. Get the 411 on why the simple act of keeping your hands clean is so critical—and how to wash your hands properly.

The Importance of Hand Washing

Doorknobs, phones, monkey bars—it’s no joke that we all touch a lot of things throughout the day, and that some of those things likely have germs on them. “We know that items or objects that people commonly touch can carry viruses, so if we touch those things and…

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