Five tips for hand washing
By Tamara Lowengrub
- Use warm to hot water– Warm to hot water has been shown to kill more germs than cold water.
- Use soap– Any hand soap will do! Liquid soap is preferable to bar soap to reduce spreading germs. Further if using antibacterial soap, the soap needs to be on a person’s hands for at least 2 minutes.
- Scrubbing of the hands– It is recommended that you scrub them together vigorously and thoroughly for at least 20 seconds. Friction created from lathering soap kills the germs. Soap without friction is not effective. This is the reason why soap and water is a better option than hand sanitizer.
- Rinse – your hands well and then dry with a clean towel.
- Moisturize– Skin integrity is critical for clean hands. If skin is cracking, raw or bleeding, then a person is more vulnerable to infection. Keeping hands moisturized helps protects the body’s first line of defense against infection. Using moisturizer or a soap with a moisturizing agent will help keep a person’s hands healthy.