You (Probably) Are Not Washing Your Hands Correctly
We have many products that can help clean dishes and surfaces in your home but what about keeping your hands clean? Most of the time when you are washing dishes you use gloves, but what about all the other times? Now seems as good as a time than ever to remind everyone how to properly wash and clean their hands (...and I think you know why).
According to the CDC, here is the recommended four step process for properly washing your hands:
- Wet your hands with clean, running water. To save water, turn off the tap while applying soap.
- For at least 20 seconds, scrub your hands. That's about the amount of time it takes to sing "Happy Birthday" ...twice.
- Rinse your hands very well.
- Dry your hands using a clean towel.
Now that you know the official four-step process, what's next? When and how often should I wash my hands? It's important to keep your hands clean in order to fight the spread of disease and wash your hands more often than you'd think.
When to wash your hands:
- Before, during, and after preparing food of any kind (raw or cooked)
- Before eating food
- Before & after caring for someone who is sick
- Before & after treating any cuts or wounds, no matter the size
- After using the bathroom
- After touching your face
- After changing diapers/changing a baby
- After blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing
- After touching an animal, animal feed, or animal waste
- After handling pet food or pet treats
- After touching garbage
Other things to remember:
One of the most important things you can do to prevent the spread of unwanted disease is to be vigilant and aware of your surroundings. It may be tough but, avoid touching your face and try not to touch a lot of surfaces that may not be disinfected or cleaned. If you don't have access to a sink, use some hand sanitizer to disinfect your hands. Just be aware of what you touch and remember to wash your hands!