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The Importance of Handwashing

By Sara Butler

Washing your hands is something simple that can have a huge impact on your overall health and wellness. That’s because many infectious diseases can spread from person to person through the hands, maladies such as the flu, gastrointestinal infections, and respiratory infections. Proper handwashing can help prevent the spread of bacteria and viruses to help keep you healthy. Here is a reminder of how to wash your hands effectively so you can put it into practice right away -- especially with cold and flu season right around the corner.

When You Should Wash Hands

There are several reasons to wash your hands throughout the day, such as:

  • After using the restroom
  • After handling raw food
  • Before, during, and after preparing food
  • After blowing your nose
  • Before eating
  • After handling animals
  • After working outside in the garden

How to Properly Wash Hands

It’s not as simple as applying soap and rinsing. If you want to get the maximum effectiveness from handwashing, then you need to:

  • Wet your hands thoroughly
  • Apply liquid soap and lather well for 20 seconds
  • Rub over all surfaces of your hands
  • Remove watches and rings if possible
  • Rinse under warm water until all soap is removed
  • Air dry or use a clean towel

It’s probably not a bad idea for each member of your family to have a towel they specifically use for handwashing to help prevent cross-contamination.

Important Tips

There are a few things you need to remember when it comes to effective handwashing, such as:

  • Use running water - Running water should always be used. Any water that has gathered in a sink can be contaminated. It’s also a good idea to use warm water to help the soap lather up better.
  • Soap is essential - Using soap to wash your hands will remove more dirt and organisms than water alone. Remember not to get in a hurry and neglect the soap.
  • Forget antibacterial soap - Regular soap will get the job done. Antibacterial soap doesn’t have any advantage over regular soap.
  • Care for your hands - Washing your hands regularly can make them dry, so apply lotion as needed and use gloves when you’re washing your dishes in order to protect your hands. If skin irritation develops on your hands, consult a medical professional.

Washing your hands is one of the most important things you can do to protect your health, so make it a habit and do it often!

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Spring, Tex.

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