Learn how to get a good scrub down hand washing using the porcupine, peacock, motorcycle rev and backscratch techniques to make sure you are not part of the 95 percent that don’t wash correctly.
Only 5% of people wash their hands thoroughly enough to remove germs.
Are you washing your hands the correct way?
Wet your hands thoroughly.
Apply a generous amount of soap.
Make some suds.
Sing the Happy Birthday song twice.
Scrub for 20 seconds.
The Porcupine...cleans between the fingers.
The Peacock...cleans back of hands.
The Motorcycle Rev...scrubs the thumbs
The Back Scratch...cleans fingernails.
Dry hands with a paper towel.
Use towel to turn off faucet.
Proper hand-washing reduces your chance of intestinal illness by nearly 40 percent.
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