It’s unhygienic! – For most of us this phrase means eating street food, drinking water from dodgy sources and using public toilets. We often confuse hygiene with cleanliness; it rarely occurs to us that what looks clean can be full of germs.
Germs are present in almost everything and we pick up these germs on coming in contact with objects surrounding us. Germs are not just transmitted through air and water but are most easily transmitted through hand contact. Thus, maintaining hand hygiene is vital and must never be neglected.
Wash your hands at regular intervals. The friction caused during hand wash physically removes germs keeping your hands clean and germ free.
While decontaminating your hands you must use soap and water or alcohol based products to maintain hand hygiene.
When to wash your hands?
Hand washing is a good habit and you can repeat it as many times as you wish to. However, listed below are specific situations before and after which you must clean your hands.
Wash your hands:
- When they look visibly dirty
- Before cooking or eating your meals
- After touching raw meats like chicken or beef
- After coming in contact with any body fluids
- After blowing your nose or sneezing
- After touching animals or pets
- After going to the toilet
- After shaking hands with others
How to wash your hands?
Here’s a step by step guide to clean your hands properly and wash those germs down the drain.
Step 1: Wet your hands with clean and running water. It can either be cold or hot according to your preference.
Step 2: Apply enough soap, liquid hand wash, or soap powder to cover the entire surface of your hands.
Step 3: Lather well by rubbing hands from palm to palm. Rub each hand by interlocking fingers, use alternative rotational movement to scrub the surface, wrists, back of the hands and fingernails.
Step 4: Rinse your hands clean with hot or cold running water.
Step 5: Use a clean towel or an air dryer to dry your washed hands. If possible use a towel, tissue paper or your elbow to turn off tap.
According to World Health Organisation, most health care-associated infections are preventable through good hand hygiene – cleaning hands at the right times and in the right way. So the next time you think of maintaining personal hygiene, start with your hands!
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