Some consider hand washing to be inconveniently time consuming and a nuisance. However, keeping our hands clean from bacteria and germs is one of the most basic tools to help us prevent illnesses and avoid spreading germs. According to the World Health Organization, each year around 1.8 million children globally are affected by diseases that could’ve been prevented simply by hand washing. It has been proven that hand washing with soap could protect about 1 out 3 young children who get sick with common infections and illnesses.
How to Wash Your Hands Effectively
Wet your hands with clean water, turn off the tap, and apply soap.
Lather and scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds making sure to not miss spots, such as under under your nails, and the back of your hands.
Rinse your hands clean.
Lastly, dry off your hands with a clean towel, or air dry them
Opting for Hand Sanitizer
Although hand washing with water and soap is the most efficient way to get rid of germs and microbes, you will on occasion find yourself not having easy access to the needed resources. If so, you can opt for an alcohol-based sanitizer (containing at least 60% alcohol).
Times when it is Especially Important to Hand Wash
Before preparing a meal
Before and after being with someone who is sick
After touching an animal or a pet
After blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing
After using the toilet
After changing diapers
After touching garbage