It is extremely important for everyone to wash their hands properly. According to the Center for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), there are five steps involved with washing hands. Those five steps include:
1. First, you must wet your hands with water, but make sure the water is clean. The running water can either be cold or warm, but a lot of people opt for warm water, although it really doesn’t matter. Once the hands are thoroughly wet, the taps can be turned off and then soap should be applied to the hands.
2. Next, rub the hands together. The hands should become lathered up, and this includes everything from the back of the hands to under the nails to between the fingers. All to often, people just quickly lather the front and back of their hands before quickly washing the soap off with water. However, it is important to thoroughly lather all areas of the hands.
3. After you have lathered your hands, the next step is to scrub your hands for no less than 20 seconds. Do not just lather your hands with soap and quickly wash them because this will not clean your hands or remove all of the bacteria or germs. If you want to get an idea of how long it’s been, hum a tune such as “Happy Birthday” twice or count slowly from one to twenty.
4. Fourth step is to rinse the hands. Once again, this needs to be done under running and clean water, while rubbing your hands together. There’s no specific amount of time wash your hands, just make sure all of the soap is washed off of your hands.
5. The last step is to dry your hands. You can either air dry them or use a towel, but make sure the towel is clean. Paper towels work well too, but many people choose to use a regular bath towel to dry their hands.
In the event soap is available, nor water, then the CDC recommends using hand sanitizer. Bear in mind that the CDC still advises that soap and water is the best way to clean your hands, but hand sanitizer that is alcohol-based works well. The CDC recommends using sanitizer that contains no less than 60% alcohol. Before purchasing a bottle of sanitizer, simply take a look at the label, as this is where the amount of alcohol in the bottle will be listed.
As for how to use hand sanitizer, the CDC recommends applying the gel in one hand. The amount that needs to be applied to the palm depends on the product. Take a look at the instructions on the label to learn what amount should be used.
Next, hands are rubbed together until the hands and fingers are completely dried. As a general rule of thumb, it should take around 30 seconds for the sanitizer to dry up. Just like with using soap, the sanitizer should be rubbed into all areas of the hands, including under the nails and in between fingers.
Remember, the above steps must be followed each and every single time. It’s too easy for people to skip a step and to not do a good job at washing their hands. The good news is the more often someone washes their hands, the easier the steps will be.
Do note that there are various key times when a person should wash their hands, such as before and after preparing food, and before eating food. The CDC advises people to wash their hands before and after they treat their wounds, cuts, after using the toilet and after touching garbage. After being in public, as well as after touching items or objects that likely have been touched by others is when a person should wash their hands. As a general rule of thumb, hands should be washed before touching the mouth, eyes or nose.
That is how to wash hands properly, according to the CDC. It is extremely important to wash hands the right way because it reduces the chances of germs and bacterial from spreading and from entering the body. As a general rule of thumb, it’s a good idea for a person to wash their hands as frequently as possible.