Back To Basics: Hand Washing

I’m a bit lagging on blog topics and apparently this is something that the world needs refreshed on, so we’re going to talk about washing your hands.

Obvious times to wash your hands:

  • After going to the bathroom
    • After helping a child go to the bathroom/changing a diaper
    • After coughing/sneezing on your hands or blowing your nose
  • When you can see they’re dirty
  • After touching hazardous things
    • Garbage
    • Chemicals
    • Raw meet
    • Animals
    • Etc.
  • Before preparing/eating food
  • After cleaning up bodily fluids
  • After cleaning the bathroom
  • Before and after touching an injury
  • Before and after visiting a sick person or someone who recently had an operation
  • Before handling an infant or working with an older person (You definitely don’t want them sick)

So how do we wash hands?

  1. Remove anything covering your hands so get to all surfaces
    1. Note you may also have to wash any jewelry/clothing that may have gotten contaminated
  2. Run hands under warm water
  3. Apply soap
  4. Rub hands together, making sure you get all surfaces (back, palms, and between the fingers)
  5. Wash an additional 20 seconds
  6. Rinse hands to remove all soap
  7. Use a paper towel/towel to turn off the tap
  8. Dry your hands thoroughly
    1. Remember to hang any hand towels out to dry and launder them regularly

Now, hand sanitizer is also a good substitute as long as there’s no visible dirt or grime on your hands. So it’s a good idea to go to the two dollar shop to pick up one for your purse or vehicle. You should always sneeze or cough into your elbow or a tissue, but your hands are also acceptable if you’re going to wash them directly afterwards, otherwise you might as well just have spit all over whatever you touch next. Use rubber or latex gloves when you can (such as when cleaning). And please teach your children to wash their hands properly as well.

Info: Health Direct: https://www.healthdirect.gov.au/hand-washing

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