Washing your hands is one of the simplest ways to keep yourself healthy. Washing hands before eating or before going to bed is an effective way to prevent the spread of diseases that are spread through hand contact from media containing bacteria, viruses or germs entering your body. Washing your hands properly and properly will stop the cycle of diseases that are carried in your hands into your body, especially through food.
Indeed, currently there are many hand sanitizer products that are circulating enough to clean your hands. Alcohol-based hand sanitizer, which does not require water, is an acceptable alternative when soap and water are not available. If you use hand sanitizer, make sure it contains at least 60 percent alcohol. Antimicrobial wipes are another effective option. Children need to be given a basic understanding of how to wash their hands properly and correctly so that this can grow their habit of always being clean and living a healthy life.
Hand washing doesn’t take much time or great effort, but it does show great benefits in terms of preventing disease. Keeping these simple habits can play an important role in protecting your health. Some things that will help you prevent transmission or spread of disease through hand washing are:
- Preparing culinary or eating
- Treating wounds, saying medicine, or caring for the sick or injured
- Inserting or removing contact lenses
- Personal contact with foodstuffs, especially raw meat or poultry
- Using the toilet or changing diapers
- Touching animals or farm animals
- Doing activities with waste
- When coughing, sneezing
- Handling garbage, household or chemical materials, or anything that can get dirty
How to wash your hands properly and correctly
Usually when washing hands most people will do it haphazardly or carelessly so that bacteria, germs and harmful viruses are still left in the hands and this is at risk of spreading disease and entering your body. So, here are some steps to wash your hands properly and correctly as quoted from the Julyoclinic.com health site:
- Wet hands with running water can use warm or cold water.
- Use liquid soap, bar or soap that suits your skin type.
- Rub the soap until it foams.
- Rub your hands thoroughly for at least 20 seconds. Remember to scrub all surfaces of your hands, including the backs of your hands, your wrists, between your fingers and under your nails.
- Rinse well.
- Dry your hands with a clean towel or disposable tissue or an air dryer.
Keep in mind that antibacterial soap is no more effective at killing germs than regular soap. Using antibacterial soap can even lead to the development of bacteria that are resistant to this product’s antimicrobial agent – making it difficult to kill these germs in the future.