I never thought I’d be writing a post about hand washing, because, isn’t it pretty obvious? We all can already do it, right?
Well, apparently, yours truly couldn’t. Not all the time, anyway. You know when you’re in a rush, and you just rub your hands with soaps for a few seconds? Well, apparently, that ain’t enough to remove all bacteria from your hands.
And, if you don’t remove them all, you may catch a bug or something. Eww!
So, what’s the proper way to wash your hands?
1. Wet your hands with lukewarm water. I know, hot is nicer, but it will dry out your skin.
2. Apply soap. Just use your favorite. Any will do as long as it doesn’t dry out your skin. Oh, avoid anti-microbial soap. They make bacteria more resistant to the anti-microbial agent in the long run, which is crappy news should you fall ill. The medicines may not work anymore, turning an once-easy-to-cure disease into a deadly one.
3. Lather well.
4. Rub your hands together vigorously and scrub all parts (both sides, between fingers, the nails…) for about 15/20 seconds. If you wear rings, take them off, or scrub underneath them, too.
5. Rinse off with warm water.
6. Pat hands dry with a towel. Don’t rub. It could irritate skin.
7. If you wash your hands a lot during the day, always apply moisturizer afterwards. Frequent washing can dry out skin. A good lotion will avoid that and keep your hands soft and smooth.
How do you wash your hands?