Washing your hands clean is the first step in ensuring good personal hygiene. But are you washing your hands right?
There really cannot be any compromises when it comes to personal health and hygiene. All of us like to wear crisp, clean clothes and use the best deodorants and soaps. We also ensure that our homes are clean and free of pests.
But many of us slip up on a vital part of personal hygiene, and this lacuna makes us fall ill without understanding why. We fail to see why we contract seasonal flu, common cold and every other infection going around. And to think that the answer (literally) lies in our hands!
Not washing your hands enough times in the day and not devoting enough time to the activity results in germs flourishing on the hands and spreading to other people and whichever surfaces you touch. This can make both you and another person ill. It is especially dangerous to handle a young child or cook raw food with unclean hands. The simple process of hand washing can spare you the trouble of undergoing an illness, wasting valuable working days in bed and then taking the painful road to recovery.
There are three hand washing ways for you to incorporate into your daily life, starting today:
Using soap and water. Traditionally, people all over the world have been using soap and water to wash their hands. The soap may be a solid bar or a liquid hand wash. It is recommended that you use a liquid hand wash in a dispensing bottle – the soap does not get contaminated and the hands become super clean in seconds. As opposed to this, a soap carries the germs from one’s hands and passes them on to another, plus it remains exposed to the air for long and gathers other impurities. When washing your hands with soap, rub your palms together and work up a lather. Now wash off with clean water and dry on a clean towel.
Disinfecting with hand sanitizer. Hand washing does not necessarily entail using water. Using a hand sanitizer is an excellent option when you do not have access to soap and water. A good hand sanitizer rids your hands of at least 99.9% germs and bacteria. Use one after having a meal, or after touching a surface that many others have touched (such as elevator buttons and computer keyboard) or to simply keep the hands clean while you are seated at your desk or travelling by public transport.
Use hot water. Hot water is effective in killing germs, so if your hands have been exposed to infected persons or waste matter or some kind of virus that may make you ill, you can soak them in hot water infused with an antibacterial hand wash. This is a good sanitising remedy for flu season. Use water with a slightly elevated temperature than warm water, but not heated to boiling point.