How to Wash Your Hands the Right Way
Though it may seem one of the most basic of activities, many people still don’t quite know how to wash their hands correctly.
As this is something most of us will do without thinking, quite often, our hand washing technique isn’t very beneficial.
However, by getting this bit wrong, you increase your risk of getting ill or spreading illnesses.
Luckily, an effective hand washing routine frequently done can work to fight off germs and bacteria, keeping you and those you encounter healthy.
The Best Hand Washing Technique
- Place your hands under clean running water, preferably that which is warm.
- Place a good amount of soap into your hands and lather this up well. The most effective product to use when washing hands is regular soap.
- Once your hands are lathered up, begin to rub them vigorously. This is where you should concentrate on scrubbing all areas of your hands. Do this for at least 20 seconds. Pay attention here to those areas between and underneath your fingers, your wrists, and the back of your hands.
- Rinse away the soap completely, as this ensures the hands won’t become irritated by any residue left behind.
- Dry your hands thoroughly. This can be done with a clean towel or paper towels. Conventional electric dryers aren’t recommended as they can often increase the spread of germs and bacteria.
When to Wash Your Hands
This simple but ultimately, effective handwashing technique should always be used:
- After blowing your nose
- After coughing
- After sneezing
- After using the toilet
- When preparing food
- Before eating food
- When you’ve handled garbage
- When you’ve touched pets or pet food
- Each time you come back into your home after spending time out in public