Colds, flu and a myriad of other viruses are in the air, so making sure you’re practicing good hand washing hygiene is more important than ever. Here’s a refresher reminder on when and how to wash your hands to make sure you have the best chances of not getting sick. And this doesn’t just go for you, but your children too! Washing your hands well and often can strongly protect you and your family from becoming ill.
When should I wash my hands?
- Before, during and after making food, especially any raw meat, fish, or poultry.
- Before you eat.
- Before you care for someone who is ill.
- Before treating a cut, scrape, or wound.
- Before taking out or putting in contact lenses.
- After going to the bathroom.
- After you change a diaper or help tidy up a child who has used the bathroom.
- After blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
- After touching an animal, or animal food, animal’s toys, or waste.
- After touching any kind of garbage.
- After handling anything that could be dirty or “germy”, like a cleaning cloth or dirty shoes.
- Whenever your hands look or feel dirty.
Go through the motions:
- Get your hands with clean, running water(it doesn’t matter if it’s hot or cold) and soap your hands up.
- Lather the soap and scrub your hands. That doesn’t mean just your palms, but the backs, between your fingers, and under your nails as well.
- Scrub for 20 seconds at the least.
- Rinse your hands well under running water.
- Dry your hands using a clean towel, or air dry.
If there’s no way to wash your hands with soap and water, use a hand sanitizer that is at least 60% alcohol. Antimicrobial wipes or swabs can also be used, just look for a high percentage of alcohol. Even though these products can lower the number of germs on your hands, they can’t get rid of all Although these sanitizers can quickly lower the number of germs on your hands, they don’t get rid of all kinds of germs. Also, sanitizers can’t remove the dirt on your hands that you can see. And the antibacterial soap? Forget about it. It doesn’t kill any more germs than regular soap; in fact, it may help grow bacteria than take it away, and this makes it harder to kill these germs later on. So, take these tips and put them to good use, they will truly help protect you against the nasty sicknesses going around!