As discussed in a previously published article, not washing your hands regularly can lead to death. In that article, we highlighted on the benefits and how important it is to wash your hands daily. This new article however, aims to explain briefly how to correctly wash your hands in 10 simple steps under about 60 seconds once you master those steps. We will also review the important moments in your day to day life when it is absolutely necessary to wash your hands.
But just before we do that, here is a brief self-quiz for you to test how much you already know about hand-washing. Don’t worry, it is just a little evaluation to guide you into doing the right thing when it comes to washing your hands.
1. How often do you wash your hands in a day?
- Three to four times.
- Frequently when necessary.
2. What is the normal range of time you spend when washing your hands?
- 30 seconds.
- More than 40 seconds.
- Up to 2 minutes.
3. Before now, were your aware of the steps put together by the World Health
Organization on how to correctly wash your hands?
4. Have you ever taken the time to learn and practice those steps?
Great job! If your answer to questions three and four were NO, don’t worry. This article is just for you. You can also watch the video demonstration below to educate yourself on how to stay extra safe each day by correctly washing your hands.
If you are already familiar with these steps, I guess there’s no harm in refreshing your memory one more time.
So now, Let’s get into it.
When Should You Wash Your Hands?
Here are the times that it becomes absolutely necessary for you to wash your hands during the day:
- Before and after eating.
- After using the toilet. This helps avoid the spread of bacteria that can easily lead to a gastrointestinal infection.
- Before and after attending to a sick person, most importantly in this COVID-19 pandemic period. It is advised to always take good measures when caring for the sick.
- Before and after attending to an injury.
- After blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing.
- After playing with your pets or caring for them.
- Before and after changing diapers.
Just by taking 40 to 60 seconds of your day to wash your hands after attending to any of the activities listed above (and those not mentioned), you can help reduce the spread of infections and live a healthy life.
How To Correctly Wash Your Hands
It is advised to always wash your hands with a soap, preferable an antibacterial soap, because using only water is as good as not washing your hands at all. Also, you can make use of an antibacterial gel that has at least 70% of alcohol when a soap is not available. But remember, whether you use a liquid or solid soap, the best results come out when you wash your hands for a minimum of 40 seconds. So don’t rush it.
In this difficult time of Covid-19, it is very important you take simple things like washing your hands very seriously because it can save your life. We advice that you make hand-washing a habit as it has been proven by research to be very effective in preventing infections such as diarrhea, which can lead to death if not well managed.
Follow these 10 simple steps whenever you wash your hands as you join us create a healthy lifestyle:
Step 1: Wet hands with water
Step 2: Apply enough soap to cover all hand surfaces.
Step 3: Rub hands palm to palm
Step 4: Rub back of each hand with palm of the other while fingers are interlaced and vice versa
Step 5: Rub palm to palm with fingers interlaced
Step 6: Rub with back of fingers to opposing palms with fingers interlocked
Step 7: Rub each thumb clasped in opposite hand using a rotational movement and vise versa
Step 8: Rub tips of fingers in opposite palm in a circular motion, and each wrist with opposite hand and vice versa
Step 9: Rinse hands with water and dry thoroughly with a single and towel
Step 10: Use towel to turn off the faucet.