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With COVID-19 being one of the biggest threats our world is facing today, it is more important than ever to know how to wash your hands effectively.
But washing hands has taken on a whole new meaning in the past few weeks. We have all become much more concerned with how we are washing our hands, how long we are scrubbing, cleaning, and if we are rinsing away the germs and bacteria the correct way.
More than likely, most of us washed our hands by rubbing some soap for a few seconds, rinsing them, and then drying. This way was standard before the pandemic started. The guidance from doctors, professionals, the CDC, an WHO, says otherwise. We have all realize that we have been washing our hands the wrong way.
With that being said, during this time, washing your hands the suggested way is critical for your health, but it prevents the spread to other people as well.
Today, we are going to walk you through the exact steps you need to follow to wash your hands effectively. We are also going to help you decide which soap is the best for you and your family to use daily.
5 simple steps to wash your hands effectively
Turn on the faucet and let the water run as warm as you can handle it. The temperature of the water does not matter much; this is just a matter of preference. Wet your hands thoroughly and then turn off the water.
Use your wrist to pump soap into your other hand. You want to use enough soap to cover the entirety of both hands. Lather up the soap, so it becomes rich in texture and bubbly. You want to make sure you are washing every inch of your hands, including scrubbing the fronts and backs of the hands. Scrub your nails, clean between your fingers, wash your whole thumbs, and do not forget to clean the side of your hand by the pinky.
It is recommended that you scrub your hands with the soap for a minimum of 20 seconds. You can count, but some people, especially the kids, will sing “Happy Birthday” twice, which takes you about 20 seconds to sing back to back. You can also choose to sing the alphabet slowly as well!
Once your time is up, you will want to rinse your hands of soap in running water thoroughly. Do not leave any soap behind as it could be irritating. And it could also indicate you have not effectively washed away the germs and bacteria on your hands.
Dry your hands on a clean towel. If you are sick, it is always a good idea to use a clean paper towel. After you use it, dispose of it in the trash to further reduce the risk of spreading germs to others in your household.
What type of soap should you use to wash your hands?
The good news here is you can use any soap you want to wash your hands. When you wash your hands effectively, with the right techniques, it does not matter if you are using regular soap or an antibacterial soap. Many people think that using a soap that kills bacteria is better and gets rid of more germs, but it is simply not true.
Furthermore, continually washing your hands with an antibacterial soap is stripping for your skin and kills good and essential bacteria on your hands as well. You do not want this to happen.
Instead, opt for traditional soap that doesn’t contain any of those superwash antibacterial ingredients. If you have the luxury of doing so, it is also highly recommended to use a natural and organic soap with clean and wholesome ingredients whenever possible.
There are a lot of chemicals and toxic ingredients in conventional hand soaps such as:
SLS and SLES
Other harsh preservatives
Plus, many more elements we should be avoiding using more than once daily.
When you can, buy natural soaps that are free from common dangerous chemicals. You will still get squeaky clean hands, but without all those harsh and nasty chemicals that can harm your skin and body!