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keep (one's) hands clean

To keep a distance from or avoid becoming involved with something that is (or might be considered) unsavory, immoral, illicit, or illegal. You're not going to get very far in this business if you're always worrying about keeping your hands clean. She always kept her hands clean during her campaigns, avoiding the smear tactics and mud slinging so common in the political world.
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The new Fresh Scents Air Freshener & Antibacterial Deodorant Soap dispenser is an ingenious two-in-one product that helps keep hands clean and rooms smelling fresh.
Parents of affected children have been advised to keep their children off school, make sure they rest and drink plenty of fluids, use painkillers to reduce high temperatures, and keep hands clean.
To help keep hands clean, in June Gojo launched a new dispensing system called Gojo NXT for the food service industry.
Prepare for cold and flu season by stocking up on Kleenex Everyday Tissue, which is now thicker and more absorbent to help keep hands clean and dry.
One simple yet significant step to achieving that is to keep hands clean.