Whether it is the flu or some other illness you are trying not to get, these expert hand washing techniques are good to know. Use them each time you wash your hands and see the difference in your general health.
Turn on the faucet to a slow steady stream. Have a paper towel or another cloth handy for turning it off when you are finished cleaning your hands. By using a cloth or paper towel to turn off the faucet, you eliminate the return of germs onto your freshly washed hands.
Warm water is best, however the temperature of the water does not play a major role in hand washing. It is for comfort more than value that the water temperature is considered.
As much as advertisers would like you to buy the antibacterial hand soap, there are down sides to using those products. Besides that the ingredients do not kill bacteria as stated, some are actually useless as well. Some of the contents of the manufactured and highly promoted soaps actually contain small amounts of harmful things. Check with the labels or investigate online to determine the actual chemicals that are in the soaps you are now using. Looking into the FDA will give you valuable insight about your present soap.
If you know the birthday song, either silently or out loud, sing that song twice as you very briskly rub your hands under the running water. Notice the words "very briskly". Just in case you don't know that song, I will give you the words here. "Happy birthday to you, happy birthday to you, happy birthday dear Roberta, happy birthday to you. Repeat that once more and you have adequately and expertly washed your hands.
As I mentioned in step #1 turn off the faucet with your cloth or paper towel and then dry your hands. Using a fresh, clean cloth to complete the hand hygiene steps will complete your expert hand washing technique. Using a clean cloth each and every time you wash your hands could save you many doctor visits and lots of germ spreading.
Its amazing how many think hand sanitizer replaces a good hand washing. I know the sanitizer is good when you don't have water but a good handwash is even better.
All good things to remember when washing your hands.
Great tips for expert hand washing. H5!
Excellent advice to be healthier due to washing your hands properly. H5.
I shall really, really be happy when we can message each other! I wrote my handwashing article, a bit of a different slant from yours. Have a happy Thanksgiving~!
I'm all for germ control. This is a great list.
This is the number one way to prevent cold and flu! We sing the ABC's in the Pediatric ER where I work. Thanks for writing this list on hand washing techniques.
Keep your hands of your face! I can't stress that enough! Great advice on hand washing!
P.S. I forgot you are a retired nurse! I've been Admin to D.O.N. for 13 years, and we are annually tested on handwashing. Me too, I'm glad we connected. I'll be very happy when we can communicate with each other here.
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