Wash Your Hands
Hands down (preferably under running water and with soap), one of the most important things you can do to protect your health and that of those around you is to wash your hands.
Why is hand washing so important? Germs are everywhere and on just about everything. They can be transferred to your body by touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Since you can’t go through life with hands in your pockets, the next best thing to do is to wash your hands often throughout the day—this is especially important during flu season.
If you could see germs, you’d be surprised at some of the places they like to gather. You’re probably reading this from your computer, cell phone or other device. These items are most likely covered in germs.
Like to travel? The drop down tray is especially germy because there’s little time between flights to give planes a thorough scrub down and the tray is often missed.
Do you eat out? Consider ordering the special of the day because menus are another area germs like to gather.
More of a homebody? Your TV remote, kitchen sponge, salt and pepper shakers and soap dispensers are some of the most germ-ridden objects in your home.
Yes, germs are everywhere and you can’t avoid them altogether, but you can do your best to prevent their spread. Disinfect what you can, avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth and wash your hands often throughout the day using this method:
- Wet your hands with clean, running water (warm or cold) and apply soap.
- Lather your hands by rubbing them together. Be sure to lather the backs of your hands, between your fingers and under your nails.
- Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds.
- Rinse your hands under clean, running water.
- Dry your hands using a clean towel or let them air dry.
Side Note: And remember, just because you washed your hands doesn’t mean the person who used the restroom before you did. Grab a paper towel and use that to open the door.
Wash your hands
- Before you eat
- Before, during and after preparing foods
- Before, during and after you’re near someone who is sick
- Before and after treating a cut or puncture wound
- After using the bathroom
- After changing any diapers
- After touching garbage
- After touching an animal, their food or waste
- After blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing
If soap and water isn’t available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that has at least 60% alcohol. An alcohol-based hand sanitizer will help remove most of the germs on your hands.
Make the time to get into the routine of washing your hands often throughout the day. It’s an easy way to prevent infections, illnesses and one of the best ways to stop the spread of unwanted germs.