This is the ultimate How To Wash Your Hands guide. You will have no questions after reading this except why was I not told all of this before. You will share this information with your lineage for generations to come. This is the piece of knowledge you needed but never knew you wanted. So let’s begin…
As mentioned in the Protecting Your Immune System Vehicle article, there are many individuals in this world that do not wash their hands properly. Even worse, there are a lot that don’t wash their hands after using the restroom. We’ve all seen this happen. It should go without saying that hand-washing can help prevent or reduce illness. Better yet, if you regularly wash your hands both before and after doing certain activities you can remove germs from your luscious body and reduce the chance of spreading germs to others. The best way to protect our bodies is to start with protecting our hands.
Let’s Discuss When Should You Wash Your Hands
- Before and after using the toilet
- After you blow your nose, cough, or sneeze
- Before, during, and after making your food
- Before eating said food
- After handling garbage
- Both before and after taking care of an individual that is sick
- Before and after taking care of a cut or wound
- After physically interacting with animals, animal food, or animal waste
Next, How To Wash Your Hands Properly (Don’t Skip Steps!)
- Rinse your hands with clean, running water (warm or cold), turn off the faucet handle, then apply soap.
- Rub your hands together with soap. Make sure to get the backs of your hands, in between your fingers, and underneath your fingernails.
- Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds (Count to 20 in your head).
- Flush your hands under clean, running water until the soap is gone.
- Dry your hands with a clean towel.
- Make sure to turn the water faucet handle off using a paper towel to keep your clean hands.
Here are some Frequently Asked Questions About Handwashing that may have crossed your mind:
Are you wondering why you should wash your hands with with clean, running water and apply soap?
Clean, running water is needed as opposed to a container of standing water because your hands could become recontaminated with the germs you originally washed off.
Using soap to wash your hands tends to be more effective than using water by itself because the substances in the soap help lift soil and microbes from the skin. People also have a greater tendency to scrub and lather their hands more thoroughly when using soap, which will in turn remove more germs.
So What Should You Do If There is No Soap and Clean, Running Water?
If available, you are strongly advised to use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. Read the label to make sure the sanitizer has least 60% alcohol. Alcohol-based hand sanitizers will decrease the number of germs on hands quickly, most of the time. Be aware, they cannot eliminate all germs and should not be used as replacement for washing hands.
How to Apply Hand Sanitizers?
- Add the correct amount (present on the label) of sanitizer to one hand palm.
- Rub hands together with the sanitizer liquid.
- Lather the product over the entirety of your hands and fingers until you feel that your hands are dry.
In short, we use our hands for many things, particularly for things we put in our mouth. This means it is our utmost responsibility to protect our hands. Hopefully, this guide was helpful and plays a big role in Protecting Your Immune System Vehicle.
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