Health Tips - Hand Washing

 
Hand Washing

Hands are the most common way that germs are spread. Read my health tip contagion of colds and flu for more on this.

When you consider when to wash your hands, think: What have I done? What am I about to do?

Specifically, Wash your Hands at these Times:

  • Before and after handling, making, and eating food
  • After coughing, sneezing, blowing your nose, or touching any body openings (nose, mouth, etc.)
  • After using the bathroom
  • Before and after touching a cut, wound, blood, or other body fluids
  • After loading and unloading a laundry-washing machine, as the temperature in a washer is not usually high enough to kill germs
  • After handling garbage
  • After cleaning, especially the bathroom or kitchen
  • After handling an animal or animal waste
  • After changing diapers or cleaning up a child
  • Before and after contact with someone ill

How to Wash your Hands:

  1. Rub hands under clean running water, using warm if available.
  2. Use liquid soap, as bar soap is usually contaminated.
  3. Apply soap and gently scrub all surfaces for 20 seconds, paying close attention to the areas between your fingers and under your nails.
  4. Rinse hands well under running water.
  5. Dry hands using a paper towel. (Hot air dryers were found to significantly increase bacterial growth!)
  6. If possible, use the paper towel to turn off the faucet.

Click here for more tips on hygiene basics or more information on staying healthy and keeping your body clean, read all my personal care health tips.

This tip is a part of my disease prevention section. Be sure to read all my other disease prevention health tips to learn how to keep yourself and your family healthy!

You and your family are less at risk of infection when people wash their hands regularly!

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