One of the most common ways that germs are spread is by our hands. While germs are usually harmless, they do have the ability to cause stomach bugs along with colds and flu. By using proper hand washing techniques, you can reduce the spread of germs and not only protect yourself but those around you as well.
Proper Hand Washing Techniques
When should you wash your hands?
There are times when it is important to ensure that you wash your hands. These times include before, during as well as after you work with food in addition to before and after you eat food, before and after you take care of a sick person, after going to the bathroom, after touching trash, after you touch an animal or animal waste and food, after you sneeze, cough or blow your nose, after diaper changes and before and after taking care of a wound or cut.
How to wash your hands properly?
There is a right way to wash your hands so you get your hands clean and get rid of nasty germs on your hands. Get your hands wet with warm water first and then lather up with soap. Rub your hands together well, ensuring you get the back of hands as well as underneath your fingernails and between your fingers. You want to do this for a minimum of 20 seconds. Then, rinse your hands well under warm, running water and dry them well with a clean, dry towel.
What if you don’t have running water available?
While soap and water are the best ways to get rid of germs, there may be times when these things are not readily available. If this is the case, you want to use a hand sanitizer that is at least 60% alcohol. Hand sanitizers will not get rid of all the germs but can greatly reduce the amount of germs on your hands. Hand sanitizers are easy to use since all you need to do is apply some sanitizer to one hand and then rub your hands together. Be sure to get all the surfaces of your hand and keep rubbing in until hands are dry.