Are You Washing Your Hands Properly? πŸ€”

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.

source: Hot water doesn’t lead to cleaner hands study finds

Thanks for stopping by! 😎

Be well,

“Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don’t resist them – that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like.”
–Lao Tzu

Lao Tzu (601-531 BC) (photo: Tom@HK)

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