Washing your hands is something you do multiple times each day and you probably don’t give it much thought. But did you know there’s a right way and wrong way to wash your hands? When done correctly, hand washing is an effective way to prevent the spread of germs. Unfortunately, many people neglect to follow proper handwashing techniques which can result in cross-contamination and the transfer of bacteria that could cause illness. This can be particularly dangerous for kids.
How often should you wash your hands?
People are always trying to answer this question. How often should you wash your hands? The simple answer is: Often enough that the bacteria on your hands doesn't spread to other people.
It is recommended to wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds before eating or handling food; after using the bathroom; after changing diapers or cleaning up a child who has used the bathroom; when someone in your household is sick; and when handling trash such as dirty diapers or tissues from a cold.
For how long should you wash your hands?
There are a lot of different types of handwashers. Some just prefer to rub their hands a couple of times and while others give their hands a minute-long thorough cleanse. You don’t have to stick to these extremes, washing your hands for 20 seconds is enough to kill germs and bacteria. his is about as long as it takes to sing "Happy Birthday" twice.
Important tips to remember:
Use soap (not just water): Soap can remove germs and other substances that can cause illness. It also removes dirt. You can try The Better Home's gentle hand wash that is enriched with the goodness of aloe vera and protects your hands from dryness.
Rub surfaces together: Make sure you rub both sides of each surface with soap, especially the backs of your hands, between fingers and under nails.
Rinse well: Rinse soap off your hands thoroughly under running water. Run water from fingers to wrists.
Dry Hands Thoroughly: Dry your hands using a paper towel