Hand washing, a task to keep ourselves clean daily. It is simple yet effective to keep the germs and viruses at bay. During this pandemic, you may find yourself wanting to wash or sanitize more often to avoid infection. The truth is, even without the pandemic, we should all know how to wash our hands properly even to avoid the common cold. Luckily at Remedi Pure, we can give a quick reminder “how to” according to CDC guidelines.
The Steps To Wash Your Hands
- Find a sink and some soap and wet your hands under running water. Apply your soap to your hands generously.
- Time to lather up. Some may choose to turn the water off during this process to conserve water. Make sure to get the backs of your hands, under your nails, between your fingers, and up the arm around the wrist.
- Keep scrubbing your hands for 20-30 seconds. Tip: sing happy birthday to yourself twice to keep track of time.
- Once the time is up, turn the faucet back on and rinse your hands thoroughly. Make sure all the bubbles from the foaming soap are gone.
- Dry your hands with either a clean hand towel, paper towel, or air dryer.
There you go, you washed your hands, but how often do you wash your hands?
How Often Should You Wash Your Hands?
According to the CDC, here are the best times to wash your hands to avoid any infections or just to keep clean and healthy:
- Before, during, and after handling food (eating or preparing).
- Everytime before and after caring for someone who is ill in the slightest.
- Before and after treating a cut or any wound, you should wash your hands.
- Everytime you use the toilet. Also close the seat to avoid any germs flying out from flushing.
- Changing a baby’s diaper and after cleaning up your child.
- Whenever you need to blow your nose, sneeze, or cough. You should wash your hands even if it was in your elbow.
- After handling an animal, including its food.
- Wash your hands after collecting or taking out trash.
Bar Soap Or Foaming Soap
So now that you have been reminded of the steps of how to wash your hands, now it is time to figure out what type of soap works best for you. Keep in mind that both can be effective when you wash your hands.
The advantages according to Insider for bar soap are as follows:
- The bar soap can create better friction than a liquid form to get all the grime off.
- Bar soap can be packaged in cardboard which can be more sustainable.
- Is effective in killing germs.
Here are the disadvantages of bar soap:
- Bar soap usually has a high PH level which can lead to dryer hands the more often you use it. With this pandemic going on, we all have been washing our hands more than normal so always apply lotion too.
- Used bar soap can become slimy and hard to handle after a while.
- Bar soap is usually only assigned to one person unless you apply it to a rag first.
- Because of the packaging, you can keep your bathroom space tidy with no leftover residue.
- Foaming soap is easier to lather as it is already in liquid form instead of a bar.
- The dispenser is easy to use and multiple people can have access to it.
- Most foaming soaps, including our own, have added moisturizer so you don’t have to worry about dry hands.
- Our foaming hand soap is also environmentally friendly as you can use less soap to wash your hands.
Foaming soap also comes with its own disadvantage:
- Foaming soap is already in lather form so it may cause people to cut corners thinking they have lathered enough.
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