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12 Things You Need to Clean After Returning from the Outside World

Reader's Digest Logo By Jill Schildhouse of Reader's Digest | Slide 2 of 13: Wash your hands. Soap and water should always be your first choice. If not available, choose an alcohol-based sanitizer with at least 60 percent isopropyl alcohol. Scrub thoroughly for at least 20 seconds, washing the front and back of your hands and fingers, between your fingers, and the fingernails (including underneath long nails). "You do not need to use antibacterial soap, nor do you have to use hot water," says Elizabeth Mullans, MD, a board-certified dermatologist and founder of Uptown Dermatology in Houston, Texas. "Do not touch your eyes, nose, or mouth until you have clean hands." You will need to wash your hands again when you're done unloading groceries or handling anything else you brought in from outside. Wash your hands immediately after touching these 10 things.

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Wash your hands. Soap and water should always be your first choice. If not available, choose an alcohol-based sanitizer with at least 60 percent isopropyl alcohol. Scrub thoroughly for at least 20 seconds, washing the front and back of your hands and fingers, between your fingers, and the fingernails (including underneath long nails). "You do not need to use antibacterial soap, nor do you have to use hot water," says Elizabeth Mullans, MD, a board-certified dermatologist and founder of Uptown Dermatology in Houston, Texas. "Do not touch your eyes, nose, or mouth until you have clean hands." You will need to wash your hands again when you're done unloading groceries or handling anything else you brought in from outside. Wash your hands immediately after touching these 10 things.

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