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Clean Idea: Gardening and Clean Hands

Gardening Dirty Hands

Handwashing Steps
  1. Wet hands with clean, running water (warm or cold) and apply soap, either in bar or liquid form.
  2. Rub hands together to make a lather and scrub them well; be sure to scrub the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails. Do this away from running water, so the lather isn’t washed away.
  3. Continue rubbing your hands for at least 20 seconds. Need a timer? Hum the "Happy Birthday" song from beginning to end twice.
  4. Rinse your hands well under running water.
  5. Dry your hands using a clean towel or air dry them.

Many families are trying their hand at planting a garden as another way to live more sustainably. Whether you are planting vegetables or flowers, Nancy Bock, Senior Vice President, Education for the American Cleaning Institute offers this advice for cleaning your hands after your spring planting.

  • A little prevention can help you manage dirt under your nails – just scrape your nails on a bar of soap before you dig in the dirt!
  • When it’s time to clean up, squirt some hand soap on your nail brush or rub the brush on your bar of soap and scrub your nails. For stubborn dirt and stains, you may need to use an exfoliating scrub.
  • Be sure to dry your hands thoroughly with a paper towel or clean hand towel to prevent them from chapping and apply a moisturizer.
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