proper hand washing

The importance of hand washing Proper Technique for disease prevention can’t be told enough. Washing your hands properly is one of the  most important things you can do to help prevent and control the spread of many illnesses. Good hand hygiene will reduce the risk of diseases like flu, food poisoning and healthcare associated infections being passed from person to person.

It turns out that just lathering your hands with soap, rubbing them vigorously for 20 seconds and rinsing is not the most effective way to clean them. Experts now say the six-step hand-hygiene technique recommended by the World Health Organization is far more superior than a rival three step process.


A casual hand wash may miss certain areas from disinfection.


And guess what will be there in these areas

So,I suppose,the why of good handwashing practices is already answered.Lets have a look at what all micro organisms will be present in unclean hands.

what germs are on your hands

what germs are on your hands

When should you wash hands
Handwashing more than six times a day with soap and water is considered the basic hygiene minimum by the Global Hygiene Council. If that seems like a lot, consider that you should be washing your hands before you eat (which you likely do 3-4x per day, at least) and after going to the toilet (at least 8x per day)

  • Before and after preparing or handling food, especially when handling uncooked poultry and meat
  • Before eating
  • After changing diapers
  • After using the bathroom
  • After sneezing, coughing, or blowing your nose
  • Before and after inserting contact lenses
  • After touching an animal or animal waste
  • After handling garbage
  • Before and after treating wounds
  • Before and after touching a sick or injured person
    Don’t forget to wash after touching public places like door knobs,hand rails and the like

How to wash hands properly
Now that you know the frequency of hand washing, the next thing that you have to be familiar about is the correct steps to wash your hands. Here are the steps to wash hands effectively

Use soap and water
1. Lather the soap and wash palm to palm (*palm-inner side of hands)
2. Palm to dorsum (*dorsum-outer side of hands).wash left dorsum using right palm and vice versa)
3. between the fingers
4. Rotational movement of thumb
5. Back of fingers with opposite palm with interlaced fingers of both hands
6. Rub fingertips of one hand on palm of opposite hand
7. Both wrists .Now rinse with water and wipe with dry towel.Close the pipe with papertowel or elbow.These steps should be carried out for 40-60 seconds

proper hand washing

How to wash hands properly

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