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Proper Handwashing Techniques

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Proper Handwashing Techniques


How to Wash Your Hands Effectively

When it comes to staying healthy, washing your hands is your first line of defense against illness-causing germs and bacteria. The health experts at Southwest General share the following tips to help you prevent the spread of germs and bacteria.

How Germs Spread

Washing your hands is one of the easiest and most effective ways to help keep you healthy and prevent the spread of germs and bacteria. Because we use our hands during most everyday activities, germs can be transferred from person to person when we don’t wash our hands.

According to the CDC, germs are spread in the following ways:

  • Coughing and sneezing into your hands and not washing them
  • Touching soiled surfaces
  • Preparing or handling food with unwashed hands
  • Eating without washing your hands
  • Touching your eyes, nose and mouth with dirty hands

Effective Handwashing

When washing your hands, be sure to follow these steps as outlined by the CDC to help keep your hands germ-free:

  • Wet your hands with clean water
  • Lather your hands with soap, being sure to get the backs of your hands and under your nails
  • Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds
  • Rinse your hands with clean water
  • Dry your hands with a clean hand towel or air dry them

Using Hand Sanitizer

Although washing your hands with soap and water is more effective than other methods when it comes to eliminating germs, these resources aren’t always readily available. Using alcohol-based hand sanitizer is an excellent alternative.

When using hand sanitizer, keep these tips in mind:

  • Apply the sanitizer to the palm of your hand
  • Rub your hands together, being sure to reach all the surfaces of your hands
  • Continue rubbing until your hands are dry

Remember that using effective handwashing techniques not only helps to keep you healthy but also prevents the spread of harmful germs and bacteria to others. Be sure to scrub your hands to keep them squeaky clean and germ free!

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