Hand-washing to prevent colds includes using soap and water or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer - a cleanser you can use without water.
There is no one best water temperature to wash one's hands. If your hands are really dirty and greasy, use of warm to hot water will do a better job of trapping dirt and grease within the soap, allowing for a more thorough cleaning.
The type of soap also does not typically matter. as long as it lathers and spreads over the hands sufficiently to trap the germs.
10 Reasons to Wash Hands
To prevent colds from spreading to others, practice regular hand-washing. Most importantly, wash hands:
Before and after preparing or handling food, especially when handling uncooked poultry/meat.
After changing diapers.
After using the bathroom.
After sneezing, coughing, or blowing your nose.
Before and after inserting contact lenses.
After touching an animal or animal waste.
After handling garbage.
Before and after treating wounds.
Before and after touching a sick or injured person.
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