This week, Dr. Pet Mom wrote about pet disease prevention. She prefaced her blog by talking about people washing their hands to prevent spreading the flu.
I thought that I would blog about how one should properly wash their hands. Some of the information may surprise you.
Proper Hand Washing
- Above all else, wash your hands! I can’t tell you how many times I’ve seen gents in the men’s room leave without washing their hands. Totally gross and irresponsible!
- Surprisingly, water temperature has no impact on hand washing effectiveness in removing bacteria. It’s the physical act of hand washing that does the work.
- The above being said, wash your hands at a comfortable water temperature. I like around 100 degrees, especially in the winter.
- If you frequently wash your hands with hot water, use a moisturizer. Dry or cracked skin is a breeding ground for bacteria. Cracked skin makes bacteria harder to remove.
- Lather with soap. Antibacterial soap is not necessary according to the FDA.
- Important! Wash your hands for 20 seconds. Tip: singing the “Happy Birthday” song takes around 20 seconds.
- Air hand dryers should be avoided if possible. Drying hands with paper towels removes more germs while the air dryer does not.
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