Handwashing is one of the best ways to protect yourself and your family from getting sick. Washing your hands properly is one of the easiest ways to protect yourself from disease-causing germs and bacteria. The process of hand washing is even more crucial at present when the fatal new strain of coronavirus continues to spread in different parts of the world. Even the advisory of the World Health Organization (WHO) stresses on cleaning your hands to protect yourself from the infection of the deadly virus. But what is the best way to wash your hands to ensure that you are not carrying germs and bacteria? Most people take a drop of hand wash, rub their hands together for a few seconds and rinse it. Is this enough? Or we need to be more mindful while cleaning our hands to stay healthy. Let's find out!

What’s the proper technique for washing my hands?

There are only a few simple steps to take to give your hands a thorough cleaning and prevent the spread of illness. The steps are:

1.         Wet your hands with clean running water (warm or cold).

2.         Lather up your hands with soap. Rub your hands together for at least 20 seconds. Don’t forget to wash your wrists, the back of your hands, between your fingers and under your fingernails.

3.         Rinse your hands well under running water.

4.         Turn off the water with your elbow.

5.         Dry your hands with a clean towel or air dry them.

6.         If you used a towel to dry your hands, use the same towel to open the bathroom door to leave the room.

Remember to clean your cell phone, TV remote, etc., regularly.  It might cross your mind now and then, but few of us want to think about all of the germs that can be found on items that our households touch many times a day — sometimes with hands that are clean and sometimes not-so-clean. Think: fridge or other door handles, faucets, keys, purse, etc. Then there are the surfaces in public we share with hundreds or thousands of strangers every day. Think: gas pumps, grocery cart handles, keypad buttons at store checkouts, money, stair rails and so on.

How to use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer?

Alcohol-based hand sanitizers, which don't require water, are an acceptable alternative when soap and water aren't available. If you use a hand sanitizer, make sure the product contains at least 60% alcohol. Follow these steps:

•          Apply the gel product to the palm of one hand. Check the label to find out the appropriate amount.

•          Rub your hands together.

•          Rub the gel over all the surfaces of your hands and fingers until your hands are dry.

Wash your hands:

•          Whenever they look dirty.

•          Before, during and after you prepare food.

•          Before eating.

•          Before and after contact with an ill person.

•          Before and after treating a cut, sore or wound.

•          After using the toilet or changing diapers.

•          After blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. (Wash your hands more often when you are sick to prevent spreading your sickness to those around you.)

•          After touching animals or animal waste.

•          After touching garbage, body fluids, or anytime you have doubt if your hands are clean.

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