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How to wash your hands properly

October is International handwashing month we at Clearworld Cleaners have put together some information on how to wash your hands properly using soap and hand sanitizer. Washing your hands is simple or so you thought, it is one of the most effective ways to prevent the spread of germs and diseases and should not be taken for granted.


Below are the steps you need to follow to wash your hands properly

  1. Using Warm or cold water wet your hands and apply soap.
  2. Rub your hands forcefully, making sure you lather the back of your hands, between your fingers and under your nails.
  3. Continue rubbing for at least 20 seconds.
  4. Rinse your hands under running water.
  5. Dry your hands with a clean disposable towel or air dry your hands.
  6. If possible use the towel to turn off the tap.

See the image below for these steps in detail including illustrations from the World Health Organization (WHO)

How to wash your hands properly [image credit WHO]
How to wash your hands properly [image credit WHO]

Hand Washing using hand sanitizer

Washing hands with soap and water is the best way to get rid of germs in most situations. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. You can tell if the sanitizer contains at least 60% alcohol by looking at the product label. Alcohol-based hand sanitizers can quickly reduce the number of germs on hands in some situations, but sanitizers do NOT get rid of all types of germs.

Hand sanitizers may not be as effective when hands are visibly dirty or greasy. Furthermore, hand sanitizers might not remove harmful chemicals like pesticides and heavy metals from hands.

How do you use hand sanitizers?

  1. Apply the gel to the palm of one hand (read the label to learn the correct amount).
  2. Rub your hands together.
  3. Rub the gel over all surfaces of your hands and fingers until your hands are dry

Scientific experiment to prove how important it is to wash your hands properly

A little experiment was conducted by Donna Gill Allen, a Health Occupation teacher at Cape Fear High School in Fayetteville USA, she presented her class with 3 slices of bread. They placed one in a sealed plastic bag using gloves, the other with freshly washed hands, and the final one after passing it around to every student in the room – therefore making it ‘dirty.’ When the students came back to check on the bread a few days later, the evidence was more than clear.

Below is an image of the experiment results.

Image showing results of the experiment[image credit BoredPanda]
Image showing results of the experiment[image credit BoredPanda]

There you have it guys. Keep your hands clean at all times! 🙂

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World Health Organization(WHO) http://www.who.int/gpsc/clean_hands_protection/en/

Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) https://www.cdc.gov/handwashing/index.html

Bored Panda https://www.boredpanda.com/bread-germs-experiment-donna-gill-allen/

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