Proper Hand Washing: The Easiest Route to Healthier Living
Many of us go to great lengths to stay healthy and avoid illness and infections. However, many people neglect the easiest way to limit the transfer of bacteria and viruses and it’s practically free—proper hand washing.
As you touch door handles, shake hands, and touch grocery carts, germs come in contact with your hands. These germs are easily spread to your eyes, nose, mouth, and to other people.
When should you wash your hands? Think before and after.
How should you wash your hands? Proper hand-washing involves several steps:
Also, avoid using your clean hands to open the door of a public bathroom when you exit.
If soap and water aren’t available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. It should contain 60% alcohol. It’s a good idea to keep a small bottle in your car, desk, and purse.
Make regular and proper hand washing a habit. It’s been said that it can take 30 days to form a new habit, so be intentional about hand washing until it becomes second nature. Follow these healthy practices, not just during cold and flu season, but all year long.