Right Hand Washing Technique

Are you ever puzzled or surprised at the Dettol and Lifebuoy ads helping you revise the most common and mundane of all your daily tasks – hand washing? Whatever your response is, rest assured, it is not merely a ‘product selling technique’.  Most of the communicable diseases spread because of unsanitary and unhygienic environment.  And learning the right hand washing technique effectively is like preventive self-vaccination; the first step towards a healthier, safer you. It is imperative in our pollution infused environments to keep our hands clean at all times and also to inculcate these habits among children. Read on to find out the ‘how’ and ‘what’ to keep yourself sanitized! 

When should I was my hands?
Washing hands should become one of your daily rituals like brushing your teeth or taking a shower. Your hands must be thoroughly washed and cleaned before and after preparing food. For centuries it has been a mandate to clean hands before eating. Make it a thumb rule. If you are catering to someone sick or have just used the toilet, you must ensure that you wash your hands thoroughly. Apart from this, wash your hands immediately after work, play, a sneeze, or digging a whole!

How should I wash my hands effectively?
First, wet your hands with clean running water and apply soap. Lather your hands and make sure the back of your palms, area between your fingers and underneath your nails are lathered too. Scrub your hands for about 20 seconds and rinse well till the water runs clean.

When you are on the move
Although washing your hands is the best way to keep them germ free, but if you are out and don’t have access to running water, it is essential to carry a sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Take a coin sized amount of the product on your palm and rub it all over the surface of your hands till they are dry and clean.

Rising temperatures
Don’t worry much about the temperature of water, concentrate on the correct technique of washing your hand. Luke warm water is a good option, but it is the friction caused by intense scrubbing that gets rid of the peeving germs.

What kind of soap do I use?
Buy an antibacterial soap, or a medicated one from the pharmacist. Experts suggest that a regular soap can also help your cause if your method and technique is apt.

Keep diseases at bay
Keeping oneself sanitized considerably reduces disease transmission. Agencies all over the world are rapidly spreading awareness about the importance of using correct hand washing techniques. WHO has introduced a programme called ‘5 Moments for Hand Hygiene’ not for no reason. October 15 is observed as Global Hand Washing Day with a view to encourage people to design, test and replicate creative ways to wash their hands.

Although health insurance companies take care of most of your medical needs and costs, it is of foremost importance that you protect yourself first. Particular attention paid to details can go a long way in maintaining our health and overall well-being.


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