(Tim Lee/Raleigh News and Observer/MCT)

Washing your hands is the best way to fight germs. Here is the right way to wash your hands, according to the Centers for Disease Control (www.CDC.gov).

  • Wet your hands with clean running water (warm or cold) and apply soap.

  • Rub your 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.

  • Continue rubbing your hands for at least 20 seconds. Need a timer? Hum the "Happy Birthday" song from beginning to end twice.

  • Rinse your hands well under running water.

  • Dry your hands using a clean towel or air dry.

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