Keep your body clean

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"Explain the importance of washing your hands before handling food, before eating, and after using the washroom.
Show that you understand why you should keep your body, hands, nails and teeth clean.
- Cub Silver Wolf - Awareness Challenge

Washing your hands

Germs that cause disease live in lots of places, and they love to get onto your hands and move from there into your body, where they can make you sick. Once they are on your hands, they can also spread to other people and other places that you touch!

Washing your hands regularly prevents the spread of many contagious diseases.

  • Use soap and clean water.
  • Wash your hands all the way up to and including your wrists. Take at least as long as it takes to say the alphabet.
  • Use a brush to scrub under dirty nails.
  • Use a paper towel or a hot air dryer to dry your hands.
  • If soap and water is not available, use an alcohol‐based sanitiser. Put about half a teaspoon of the sanitiser in the palm of your hand, then rub your hands together until they are dry.

Don't be a stinker!

Body smells can be caused by different things.

  • Smells can be caused by bacteria on our skin and clothes.
  • Sweat from exercise makes your body smell.
  • Some types of food and drink make your breath smell bad.

Bacteria live on our skin. Bacteria are microorganisms that "feed" on dead skin cells and body fluids like sweat. The chemicals produced by some of these bacteria have an unpleasant smell. These smelly chemicals build up every day, so you should bathe every day, and change your clothes daily, especially your socks and your underwear. Shoes can get smelly from bacteria too! Letting them "air out" occasionally will keep your shoes from getting stinky.

How can you get rid of body smells?

  • Take a bath or shower
  • Change your clothes
  • Change your underwear
  • Air out shoes
  • Wash your hair
  • Use a deodorant
  • Brush and floss your teeth
  • Use mouthwash