Hand Washing Techniques



There is one common or endless topic which remains unanswered or remains as a puzzle unsolved and the topic is Hand Washing!! Every time we wash our hands, the question arises if we have done it right this time? Or how can I improve my hand washing to have clean hands!!

Infinite number of ads promoting hand rubs, infinite number of products all leaves us in a dilemma on what to choose and what is appropriate!! Should I opt the one with good odor or the one which gives good lather or both will be the next question

Here is a brief note on hand washing technique or steps and the right solution you need!

Experts have proved that irrespective of the brand, the steps involved in hand washing has the priority and even mentioned that simple soap and water will serve the purpose. Hand washing steps include –

  • Wet hands under running water
  • Apply a small amount of soap preferably from a dispenser
  • Rub your palms together, so that they face each other
  • Intersperse the fingers and thumbs and rub each other
  • Scour the palms with your nails
  • Rub the back of your palms
  • Rinse under clean running water
  • Dry hands with clean towel or tissue

Though the ads emphasize on washing hands for few seconds, research has proven that washing hands for 20 seconds is must to get clean hands free of germs and bacteria!

Having understood on hand washing, it is important to know when your hands should be washed. Here is the list of situations which necessitate hand washing –

  • Before eating food
  • After eating food
  • Before and after caring for a sick person
  • After using toilet
  • After cleaning up a child who has used toilet
  • After blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing
  • After touching an animal
  • After touching garbage

In order to promote and educate people on hand washing and its importance, WHO has dedicated one day exclusively for hand washing and is known as Global Hand Washing Day and is observed on 15th October every year!

On this special day, different types of events are organized to create awareness among people on hand washing, the celebrations is based on the theme decided. The theme for the year 2017 is “Our hands, Our Future”!

If you wish to have a healthy future; then wash your hands as mentioned is the take home message! Don’t involve yourselves in shortcuts or prefer using sanitizer! As it can’t clean up the germs as the washing does!!

Wash your hands today, save your health everyday!!

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