You’ve probably heard this more than once: “Wash your hands—and use lots of soap and hot water!”
As it turns out, washing your hands properly is one very simple way to keep yourself healthy.
What is the right way to wash your hands?
- Wet your hands with clean, running water (warm or cold), turn off the tap, and apply soap.
- Lather your hands by rubbing them together with the soap. Be sure to lather the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails.
- Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds.
- Rinse your hands well under clean, running water.
- Dry your hands using a clean towel or air dry them.
Specifically, ensure a good cleansing at these times to limit the transfer of bacteria, viruses, and other microbes…
When should you wash your hands?
- Before and after your hands are near your face.
- Before, during, and after preparing food
- Before eating food
- Before and after caring for someone who is sick
- Before and after treating a cut or wound
- After using the bathroom
- After handling any kind of meat
- After changing diapers or cleaning up a child who has used the toilet
- After blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing
- After touching an animal, animal feed, or animal waste
- After touching garbage
And here’s an economic solution. Use boiled potatoes to cleanse hands. They work as well as common soap and keep the skin soft and healthy.