What do your hands say about you?
Everyone knows that the best way to stop the spread of germs is with regular hand washing. Now learn how and when you should wash your hands.
Best Way to Wash Your Hands
The best way to wash your hands to prevent the spread of colds is by using warm water and soap or an alcohol-based antibacterial soap hand sanitiser. Water alone does not dislodge a lot of bacteria, but soap helps break down germ-carrying oils. Soap also encourages rubbing and friction which can remove germs from the hands, ensuring the germs are easily rinsed away with clean water. Using soap also adds to the time spent washing and ensures a more effective wash. It has been estimated that our hand’s harbour around 1,500 bacteria living on each square centimetre of skin on our hands. So keeping them clean should be a priority before and after we do anything.
Alcohol-based hand sanitizers make a good substitute for hand-washing when soap and water is not available. If you’re using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer, apply the product to one palm, rub your two hands together, making sure to reach all surfaces, and continue rubbing until hands are dry.
For the sake of washing your hands on a regular basis for 15-30 seconds, you are not only protecting yourself but others around you. What would you rather have? 15-30 seconds of handwashing or one to two weeks of cold and flu? You make the choice.