Wash your hands properly with these 4 simple steps:
Prepare to Wash Your Hands- Preparation is key in many areas of life, and washing your hands is no different. Be sure to take off any jewelry you’re wearing, including rings, bracelets, watches, and anything else that is covering part of your fingers, hands, or wrists. This critical hand washing step is often overlooked, but it is vital if you’re looking to completely clean your hands. Also be sure to clean and sanitize your jewelry and watches regularly, as these items often carry bacteria and pathogens in their crevices.
Get Your Hands Wet- The next step is to get your hands wet. You can use any temperature of water you’d like, with the exception of extremely hot water. The reason you want to avoid extremely hot water is that it tends to dry your hands out, which can cause your hands to potentially crack and bleed. This cracking and bleeding of the skin on your hands can lead to the contraction of more serious diseases, which defeats the entire purpose of washing your hands.
Apply Hand Soap Thoroughly- The next step is to apply hand soap thoroughly to your fingers, hands, and wrists. Which soap you choose is of critical importance, with the soap of choice being antibacterial soap. Antibacterial soap kills the vast majority of germs on your hands, which makes it the best type of soap for general hand washing. Other soap features include different scents and moisturizers, which are inconsequential and optional. Be sure to individually scrub each finger, and make sure that soap is getting underneath the edge of your fingernails. The area beneath fingernails is a haven for germs, so be sure to keep your fingernails short if at all possible. The general rule of thumb is to wash your hands for at least 20 seconds, and you can help your kids measure the time by having them sing their ABC’s.
Rinse and Dry Your Hands- Finally, be sure to rinse your hands with your choice temperature of water (anything but extremely hot), and dry them with a towel that has been washed recently.