Since our childhood we have been told to wash our hands before and after we eat anything. It is one of the healthiest ways of escaping major infections from the body. Throughout the day, we touch multiple things that are highly infected. Everything around us carries a bag full of germs and bacteria, which could prove harmful to our health and hygiene. Not just this, we are even at the risk of getting infected by coming in contact or touch with various people in a day. Washing of hands in an appropriate way helps to keep the infections at bay and also protects the body at first end. (Also read: Why Eating Food With Hands Is Good)
When should one wash hands?
While we come in contact with various people and things throughout a day, we carry a lot of germs and infections with us. Through our hands it enters in our mouth, eyes, nose etc. and leads to various health issues like viral, eye infection, cold etc.
- One should always wash hands before and after eating anything.
- Always wash your hands, before preparing any meal.
- One should always wash your hands while coming back from outside.
- Always wash your hands if you touch any pet or animal.
- Always wash your hands after using the washroom.
- Besides this, always wash your hands if you come in contact with someone suffering from an infection.
- Also, wash your hands, after treating or applying for any medicine on wounds.
- If you use contact lenses, make sure you wash your hands before inserting the lenses in your eyes. (Also read: Four important things one should do everyday to maintain personal hygiene)
What is the right way of washing hands?
- It’s always best to wash hands with liquid soap rather than using a soap bar. The soap bar is already a storehouse of various infections (germs and bacteria).
- Wet your hands with lukewarm water or fresh running water.
- Apply some liquid soap and rub your hands well to form a lather.
- Rub your hands properly and make sure you clean your nails as well.
- Wash in between your fingers and wrist as well.
- Rinse off your hands properly. Make sure there is no form left on your hand.
- Pat your hands dry with a clean towel or napkin.
Besides this, there are some other major points to keep in mind. Try to use an antibacterial soap with contains a chemical called triclosan. It restricts the growth of bacteria on hands and tries to kill the germs efficiently. If you are not accessible to liquid soap or water. Try to sanitize your hand, using a non-alcoholic sanitizer. It will kill the germs and bacteria from your hands completely. (Also read: Why Indian toilets are better than the western toilets)