How to Properly Clean and Sanitize Your Hands

The Coronavirus Pandemic has caused havoc all over the world. Tragically huge numbers of people have gotten sick and died at a rate that has shocked the world. The global economy has been decimated, hundreds of thousands of businesses around the world have been forced to close and children have been restricted from going to school for months. As the pharmaceutical and medical industries work around the clock to find a vaccine and other medicines to help eradicate the disease and help those who have tested positive, it is everyone’s responsibility to do what we can to try and protect ourselves, our families and the people around us.

As well as masks and social distancing, one of the most effective ways of stopping the spread of the virus is to make sure that you are cleaning and sanitizing your hands properly. Covid-19 as well as other types of viruses, bacteria, and germs can be easily spread from person to person contact and can even live on surfaces which then transmits to people when they touch them.

To help slow the spread of the virus and try to mitigate the damage it is doing across the world, this article is a guide on how to properly clean and sanitize your hands.

When to Wash Your Hands in Normal Times

During this pandemic, you need to wash your hands as regularly as possible to stop the spread of the virus, but there are certain key times when you should always wash your hands. The experts at explain that during the whole process of preparing food, it is vital to wash your hands regularly or use hand sanitizer to stop germs from your hands being transmitted to the food vice versa. Always wash your hands after using the bathroom and after sneezing, blowing your nose or coughing. 

Any time that you touch an animal or touch garbage or waste, it is so important to clean your hands straight away because both are an absolute haven for germs and nasty bacteria. If you have young children or you are a teacher or babysitter, wash your hands before and after changing a diaper or dealing with children who have just been to the toilet or who have got themselves messy in the way that only children can.

When to Wash Your Hands During the Pandemic

As a general rule in these difficult times, you should be washing your hands as often as possible. There are some key times, however, when it is particularly important to clean your hands, which you wouldn’t usually need to be too worried about. Any time that you have been out in public or you have touched any surface or item that may have been touched by someone else, it is vital to wash your hands straight away. This includes tables, door handles, shopping cart handles, ATM screens, and anything else which is touched by multiple people. Be conscious about touching your face, eyes, and mouth when you are out in public in case you have picked up on your hands without realizing it because this is how it will get inside your bloodstream.

How to Wash Your Hands Properly

Washing your hands properly is simple, but so many people don’t take the right steps and so their cleaning is ineffective. Whilst you may be able to get away with it normal, these are not the times to be cutting corners. 

Here are the five steps for washing your hands properly: 

  1. Wet your hands thoroughly with hot running water and apply soap to your hands. 
  2. Create a lather by rubbing your hands together with your sand. Make sure the lather is in all the little nooks and crannies of your hands and underneath your nails.
  3. Scrub away at your hands for twenty seconds at least. To make sure you are scrubbing for long enough, sing Happy Birthday to yourself twice. 
  4. Rinse your hands under clean water.
  5. Dry your hands properly using an electric hand dryer or with a clean towel or paper towel.  

When to Use Hand Sanitizer

The absolute best way to wash your hands is to use the method above, but if there is a situation where it is not possible, then you can use a hand sanitizer until there is the opportunity to wash your hands properly. In order to kill germs effectively, you must use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60%.

It is up to all of us to take any effective steps in our power to stop the spread of this terrible virus. Even if you are young and healthy, you can still transmit the virus to other people who are vulnerable to it. Make sure to follow the steps above to make sure that you are part of the solution and not part of the problem.