You’ve properly heard time and time again, from parents, doctors, school teachers, the importance of washing your hands as much as possible. Maybe you understand the importance of proper hand-sanitizing when preparing, cooking, eating or just handling food, in general. But can it really be that important? You might be surprised how this simple hygienic task can be so important to your overall health. Read on to learn how to properly wash your hands.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), proper hand washing is one of the most important steps you can take to avoid getting sick and spreading germs and diseases to those around you. And frequent hand washing and sanitizing is not limited to kids who are constantly getting dirt when playing outside; it’s for everyone. You’d be surprised at the possible places you can find germs, bacteria and other disgusting things, like fecal matter, that you touch on a regular basis. Here is another interesting little piece of information from the CDC: frequent and proper hand washing can potentially save more lives than any single vaccine or type of medical intervention.
Now that you know the importance of washing your hands, here are the proper steps to do it:
You don’t necessarily have to go to such extremes where you find yourself washing your hands every 30 minutes. However, there are specific times when you should take the time to properly wash your hands:
If you’re having trouble locating a sink, fear not. Carrying a water bottle and soap is not necessary. Just make sure you have an alcohol-based hand sanitizer handy. Many public places, like the mall, are starting to feature public hand sanitizer dispensers for the convenience of their guests. A good hand sanitizer should contain at least 60 percent alcohol. However, keep in mind that hand sanitizers do not eliminate all types of germs and should not be used as a substitute for a proper hand washing when a sink and soap are nearby. If your hands are visibly filthy, it’s best to look for a place to wash them instead of resorting to a hand sanitizer.
Here is how to properly use a hand sanitizer: