Your guide to keeping summer sanitary


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Summer is no time to stay indoors. There are beaches, festivals and parks to romp around in. Sun to soak up. Oceans to dip in. Sand to sink into.

But while you're enjoying your summer days outdoors, do not forget to keep your hands clean, says the American Cleaning Institute, especially if you plan on eating. Here's your guide to sanitary summer fun:

  • Bring hand sanitizer or hand wipes to the beach. Baby powder will help get the sand off hands and feet.

  • Sanitize your hands before eating or drinking or taking food out of the cooler. And do so after a swim in the ocean.

  • Read the label and use wipes as directed.

  • If using a hand sanitizer, apply one or two squirts and rub your hands together briskly. Make sure to include the front and back of your hands, between fingers, and around and under your nails until dry.

  • If using wipes, apply to all areas of your hands and let air-dry.


If a bathroom is nearby, feel free to scrub away. Just don’t cut corners:

  • Create a lather and scrub. Don't forget the backs of your hands, between your fingers and under you nails.

  • Scrub for at least 20 seconds; hum "Happy Birthday" to yourself twice if need be.