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Washing Your Hands the Right Way

By Ruchel Louis Coetzee
Posted On Apr 18, 2017
Washing Your Hands the Right Way

With so much bacteria floating around in the food we eat, the surfaces we touch, and the planes we travel on, it is little wonder we do not succumb to illnesses more frequently. Our bodies are constantly on defense mode fighting these invading marauders and inflammation is becoming more challenging to combat these days. One way we could help fight against this battle is to remember our mother’s advice and wash our hands regularly. Did you know that there is actually a proper way to wash your hands? Running your fingers through water or wiping your hands on your clothes does not constitute washing your hands. According to www.foodsafety.gov, washing your hands the correct way can actually help prevent bacteria from spreading.


Here is how they say you should do it


  1. Wet your hands with warm or cold running water and apply soap. According to the FDA, you should use plain soap and water and skip the antibacterial soap.
  2. Rub your hands together to make a soap lather and scrub them well. Make sure you scrub the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails as bacteria can hide in those areas as well.
  3. Continue to rub your hands for at least 20 seconds. Singing “Happy Birthday” twice constitutes 20 seconds.
  4. Rinse your hands well under running water.
  5. Dry your hands using a clean towel or air dry. Do no use the air drying machines that are found in many public restrooms because studies have shown that not everyone washes their hands properly and germs could spread.


So when should you wash your hands?


  1. Before eating food.
  2. Before, during, and after preparing food.
  3. Before and after treating a cut or a wound.
  4. Before and after caring for someone who is sick.
  5. After handling uncooked eggs or raw meat, poultry, seafood, or their juices.
  6. After blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  7. After touching an animal or animal waste.
  8. After touching garbage or garbage bins.
  9. After using the toilet.
  10. As regularly as possible in a plane or on any other public transport system.