The secret to keeping safe from germs and infections is to practice good personal hygiene. Washing your hands is a part of personal hygiene. Health experts recommend washing hands frequently, especially now in the Covid times, to keep germs and infections at bay. With the virus claiming so many deaths and the lack of surety of how effective the vaccine is, the only way we can safeguard ourselves is by regular handwashing, maintaining social distancing, covering mouth and nose while sneezing or coughing, keeping a safe distance from people who have flu-like symptoms etc. Proper hand hygiene is one of the most important recommendations to prevent or stop the spread of COVID-19 infection.
You must wash your hands after touching raw fruits and vegetables, before and after cooking, eating, and of course, when your hands are dirty. Importantly, you must also wash your hands after using toilets, touching objects and animals, coughing or sneezing, meeting sick people, after using toilets, and after touching animals. The debate over whether liquid or bar soap is best has been going for a long time.
Washing hands the right way helps prevent the spread of germs and diseases. It is recommended to use lukewarm water, and liquid hand wash to clean your hands. Hand wash can reduce the risk of transmission of viral infection of any disease to a large extent.
Many people feel that soaps can be harsh to the skin as it may remove the skin’s moisture, leaving it excessively dry. There are many good liquid hand washes available in the market. For example, hand washes that contain neem and aloe vera can keep your hands free of germs while still leaving your skin soft and supple.
How to wash your hands
Good hand washing follows a correct and unique technique such as:
- The water should be lukewarm.
- Once you apply soap or liquid hand wash, lather well.
- Scrub your hands gently for 20 seconds. Don’t forget to scrub the backs of your hands, wrists, and spaces between the fingers and under your nails.
- Rinse your hands well.
- Wipe your hands with a tissue or a soft hand towel. You must even ensure to close the tap with a tissue and then dispose it off properly.
Nowadays, all that we hear is the use of hand sanitizers. With the use of hand sanitizers increasingly rapidly in the Covid times, there is no dearth of hand sanitizer manufacturers or hand sanitizer suppliers. However, not all hand sanitizers are really effective or trustworthy. The key is to choose a hand sanitizer that is alcohol-based as it effectively kills all germs and viruses sitting on the hands. A good hand sanitizer must have at least 60% alcohol content. Soap or liquid hand wash may not be available at all places and every time, but it is easy to carry a hand sanitizer with you always. Practice washing hands frequently to keep yourself away from diseases. Even after the coronavirus ends, we must not stop the habit of washing our hands frequently. Don’t forget: cleanliness is next to godliness!