Excellent Hand Washing: Maybe the most important 1 minute of your day!

It is surprisingly easy to get sick or pass on an illness via your hands. Hands carrying an infectious disease can infect up to 7 surfaces touched!

We touch our face, the easiest way for viruses and bacteria to get in and out of our body, every 6 to 12 minutes. So, unless you are sanitizing your hands every 6 to 12 minutes, your hands are now officially contaminated!

It’s not just about the bathroom

We normally wash our hands after using the bathroom, unless there is an alcohol based hand wash available. Too often, people decided whether or not to wash their hands based on what they touched in the bathroom. But, you are really washing off every contaminant for the surfaces you touched since the last time you thoroughly washed your hands, such as:

  • Every door you touched
  • Every hand you shook
  • Every light switch you used
  • Every button you pressed
  • Every kitchen appliance you used
  • Everything someone else touched or used

How should you wash your hands?

The short version is:

  • Use, at least, 3 ml of hand soap (a little more than ½ a teaspoon)
  • Wash for at least 30 seconds (get the back of your hand, wrist, in between your fingers, and under your fingernails)
  • Completely dry your hands (pat your hands, rather than rubbing, with paper towels)
  • Use your paper towel (if possible) to turn the faucet off and open the door
  • The recommended long version can be found on the World Health Organization’s website

Facts taken from the World Health Organization’s Guidelines on Hand Hygiene in Health Care

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