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We all know how important washing our hands is.  But DRYING them is important too. So if you still have to be out in public and need to use a bathroom here are some tips to do it properly and effectively.

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According to BusinessInsider, When your hands are wet or even damp, they pick up more germs than when they’re totally dry.  So if you touch something like a doorknob with damp hands, you’re more likely to get sick.

Studies have found that drying off with a towel also REMOVES more germs than just washing alone does.  Washing does the heavy lifting.  But the friction from the towel helps too, as long as it’s clean.

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The one thing you don’t want to do in public bathrooms is use the hand dryers.  They tend to kick up a lot of germs into the air, or blow them back onto your hands. That’s why experts say to use paper towels in public bathrooms if they’re available, and carry a few tissues in your pocket in case they’re not.

You can avoid touching the door handle directly by using a paper towel to open it.  Just prop it open with your foot, so you can throw the towel away.

For more information on washing and drying properly, click here.

CORONAVIRUS: How You Dry Your Hands Off Matters Too  was originally published on mycolumbusmagic.com

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