If we had to pick a theme for 2020, we’d say it was the year of good hand hygiene. Washing our hands has never been more important. But when it comes down to it, do you know how to wash your hands properly? If you’re a little unsure — don’t worry you’re not alone. Today we’re going to outline everything you need to know about washing your hands — consider this your crash course in Hand Washing 101.
Handwashing with soap or cleanser helps to remove germs and minimises the spread of germs to other surfaces or people. If we don’t remove germs from our hands, they can be spread by:
In this current climate, it’s important to realise one of the most effective ways of staying healthy is to simply wash your hands.
Washing your hands is far more powerful to protect your health than you may think, using both a gentle cleanser and water. And it’s important you wash your hands a lot, especially:
To ensure that you remove all germs from your hand, you really need to use a soap or a cleanser rather than using water alone. The surfactants in soap and cleansers lift dirt and microbes from skin and people tend to scrub hands more thoroughly when lathered, which further removes germs.
How to properly wash your hands
If you want to wash your hands effectively, you can’t just “splash and dash”. Here’s a step-by-step guide to washing your hands:
The World Health Organisation (WHO) also emphasizes the importance of handwashing and has created the following visual guide.
If you’re finding that washing your hands is causing irritation and dryness — try using a cleanser such as the Cetaphil Gentle Cleansing Bar. It cleanses without irritation, specially designed for dry, sensitive skin and leaves skin feeling soft, smooth and hydrated. To protect your hands even further from dryness, apply a moisturiser such as the Cetaphil Moisturising Lotion to your hands ten minutes after washing.
Read more about how to care for dry hands after washing them.
Final tip: Want something other than Happy Birthday to wash your hands to? Try the chorus from Dolly Parton’s Jolene, Lizzo’s Truth Hurts or Beyonce’s Love On Top.