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Hand Washing The Right Way

hand washing the right way

Hand hygiene is one of the first steps to prevent the spread of germs. 

For most people, washing their hands is second nature. However, this doesn’t guarantee proper hand hygiene. In many cases, people are unaware they are washing their hands the wrong way. Proper hand hygiene is especially important for those who are or care for people who are immune-compromised.

Below is a step-by-step guide and demonstration to ensure your hands are squeaky clean.

Wet your hands

  • If you use a towel, make sure you have it close to you before washing.

Apply soap

  • Preferably anti-bacterial lotion soap as this will reduce dryness.
    • Try to avoid bar soap as it’s more likely to host germs.

 Lather hands for at least 15 seconds

  • Cover every surface of the hands.
  • A good way of knowing you’ve washed long enough is to say the ABC’s or sing Row, Row, Row your Boat to yourself.

 Rinse, Rinse, Rinse 

  • Remove all soap residue

Gently Dry Hands

  • Use soft paper towels or a cloth towel to gently dry your hands.
  • Avoid damp towels as they can harbor germs and defeat the purpose of washing.