There are about 2 to 10 million microbes of bacteria between our fingertips to our elbows! Hands are very unsanitary if proper hand washing techniques are not practiced. We recommend you wash your hands regularly, but they should ALWAYS be washed in the following situations:
- Before, during, and after preparing food
- Before eating food
- Before and after caring for someone who is sick
- Before and after treating a cut or wound
- After using the toilet
- After changing diapers or cleaning up a child who has used the toilet
- After blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing
- After touching an animal, animal feed, or animal waste
- After handling pet food or pet treats
- After touching garbage
Do you know how many of us DON’T wash our hands after the bathroom? About half of men and a quarter of women. Gross! In addition to some people not washing at all, most people fail to clean thoroughly under fingernails, thumbs, and in between fingers. Germs can survive for 3 hours on your hands! Most right-handed people tend to wash their left hand better than their right, as the right is their dominant scrubbing hand. And same goes for left-handed people. Pay attention to this as you wash your hands the next time!
The proper hand washing routine is as follows, according to the Center for Disease Control:
- Wet your hands with clean, running water (warm or cold), turn off the tap, and apply soap.
- Lather your hands by rubbing them together with the soap. Be sure to lather the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails.
- Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds. Need a timer? Hum the “Happy Birthday” song from beginning to end twice.
- Rinse your hands well under clean, running water.
- Dry your hands using a clean towel or air dry them.
Please call us today at (800) 339-3882 for more information on how to keep your life happy & healthy!