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Why It's Important to Wash Your Hands

It shouldn't be news to you that you should wash your hands with soap and water after going to the can, especially since you've been told dozens of times by your parents or teachers. But do you? Find out why it's so important to wash your hands regularly!

Why Should You Wash Your Hands?

Can you imagine what kind of nasty germs are lurking around school or at the park or on that basketball you've been slam dunking for the past hour? They're so tiny that you can only see 'em from under a microscope, but they're there, crawling from that dirty, germ-infested doorknob onto your hand - ick! But washing your hands helps prevent the spread of germs, bacteria and disease. If ya don't wash your hands after doing your business in the bathroom or after playin' on the playground, you can get sick with colds and flus or more serious stuff like severe diarrhea, pneumonia and E. coli.

When Should You Wash Your Hands?

  • After using the can
  • After playing outside
  • After playing with your pets
  • After coughing, sneezing or blowing your nose
  • Before eating snacks and meals

How to Wash Your Hands Properly

You should always wash your hands with soap and warm water. Make a soapy lather and scrub between your fingers, around your nails, the palms, the back of your hands and your wrists for at least 15 seconds. To make it easier and more fun, sing Happy Birthday or Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star in your head! When you're done, rinse your hands thoroughly and dry 'em with a paper towel - that's all it takes! And if you're in a situation where there's no soap and water available, you can use a hand sanitizer, which is an antiseptic that kills 99.99% of germs without any water or towels. They come in small bottles that fit in your bag or pocket.


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How Often Do You Wash Your Hands?

  • I wash my hands every time I go to the bathroom.
  • I wash them only if I'm eating right afterwards.
  • I wash my hands if I have enough time during a commercial break.
  • Never - germs are my best friends.

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worldqweencc posted in Friends:
I'm not quiet sure what's a real friend and what's a fake one anymore. I know when there's a friend who's only a school friend rather than an 'outside' friend as well, but at the same time it makes me so confused. Here's my story: There's a girl named Xian. We had a unique way of becoming friends ... but it clicked. For the whole year I've been trying to keep in contact with her ... but she's not very willing to try and put in any effort to stay in contact with me. Her personality is beyond sweet, and her skills at art are even better. If she was to have an award, it would be a giant trophy with her face plastered on it and big bold letters listing 'Nicest Girl In The World!' ... Its just ... she lied to me.  I was all about this friendship. I was ... i'll admit ... sort of a lost puppy following around her owner.  So, I got her this T-Shirt she really wanted for her birthday, and not long her birthday was mine, April First. I was expecting at least a letter, or maybe even something cheap. It didn't really matter to me.  But on my birthday she didn't even come to school. Nor when she got back did she ever say sorry, or give me any be-lated gift of any sort.  That should have been my first clue. Even my mother started catching on. My second clue was she even told me she was oblivious and wasn't good at keeping in contact. I thought she was joking. How could a friendship so sweet be tossed out just like that? My third one was near the end of school, one of her friends in elementary was bragging about the plushies she got from Xian. Apparently she had four from her.  Xian had originally told me it was AGAINST her religion to give out gifts to other people. I knew she wasn't lying about her religion in general, because I met her mom on a field trip and she was quiet ... different. But I didn't understand why Xian had gotten so many small plushies for her, and yet not a single small stamp for me? My last clue was the last day of school. She didn't even try to say good-bye or even hang out with me for that matter. I know what you're thinking. "Girl, you've gotta be kidding me if you can't see that she has no intention of being your friend!" But this girl was the nicest to me. She stood next to me during harsh times, and comforted me when I was down. She told me I was important.  And you don't get many friends to do those special things to you. It was rare to have a friend make me feel so tall and worthy.  ... So ... I can't understand ... why'd she do all that .... and suddenly ... just ... walk away ...
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catsandpizza
catsandpizza posted in Style:
American Apparel croptop, Juicy Couture velvet sweatpants and Uggs
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Heyyyyy_
Heyyyyy_ posted in Friends:
"donteatcarrots" wrote:I dunno, looks like something more than being friends is going on here. It's probably best to ask her face-to-face though, before jumping to conclusions. ^^^
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catsandpizza
catsandpizza posted in Friends:
depends 
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-Gwen9--
-Gwen9-- posted in Friends:
I don't know. It honestly could be that she likes you, or she is just a really good friend.
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