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Foam Soap May Not Measure Up to Liquid Soap

If you’re looking for a hand soap that will do the best job, you may want to bypass the foam soaps and opt for liquid, according to a report from Reuters. According to a study on liquid versus foam soaps, the foam was not as effective as the liquid.

It’s no secret that proper handwashing is the No. 1 way to prevent the spread of contagious disease. The key is to do it, and to do it correctly, using proper products and techniques. That also means proper drying — ideally, dry your hands with a sterile paper towel, as air dryers actually spread far more germs than paper towels.

When it comes to washing your hands, use warm, running water and a mild soap — don’t use antibacterial soaps which not only promote the development of drug-resistant bacteria, but contain compounds such as triclosan, which has been linked to a number of harmful health effects.

Work up a good lather, all the way up to your wrists, scrubbing for at least 15 or 20 seconds (most people only wash for about six seconds). Then rinse thoroughly and dry.

While we’re on the topic, one thing you may not think of, but what is very important, is to wash new clothes before wearing them. New clothing items may contain respiratory secretions, skin flora, fecal flora, yeast and vaginal organisms — all things that occur naturally when clothes are tried on in a store, but also things you don’t want on your body at home.

Although it’s not likely to become sick from trying on new clothing, it is possible; lice and scabies may also be transmitted.
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