While they might have stressed washing to avoid the spread of germs, that's only one of the many reasons you should always wash your hands (and get your kids used to religiously wash their hands too). Washing your hands properly - meaning two rounds worth of the Happy Birthday song - with soap and water not only kills any germs that you may have touched, but also helps remove other nasties like bits of dirt, flecks of flame retardants, and specks of dust. Check out our website for a roundup of great non-toxic hand soaps.
So, no matter how annoying it may seem, keep washing those hands and wrangling the kiddos to do the same. .
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But, before you start going around disinfecting everything and hunting down all the antibacterial soap you can find, hear us out. Antibacterial soap isn't actually any better at killing germs than regular soap and water. In fact, the FDA has told companies to take the ingredient (triclosan) that often makes items antibacterial out of products. Instead of making us healthier, it can actually lead to superbugs that are stronger and more resistant to antibiotics - which could mean when we do get sick it's worse. So, this cold and flu season, stick to the regular soap and water - and don't forget to actually wash your hands. .

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