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How To Properly Wash Your Hands

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Regular handwashing is one of the best ways to remove germs, avoid getting sick, and prevent the spread of germs to others.

Key Times to Wash Hands

  • Before, during, and after preparing food
  • Before and after eating food
  • Before and after caring for someone at home who is sick with vomiting or diarrhea
  • Before and after treating a cut or wound
  • After using the toilet
  • After changing diapers or cleaning up a child who has used the toilet
  • After blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing
  • After touching an animal, animal feed, or animal waste
  • After handling pet food or pet treats
  • After touching garbage
  • Touching your eyes, nose, or mouth*
  • Touching your mask*
  • Entering and leaving a public place*
  • Touching an item or surface that may be frequently touched by other people, such as door handles, tables, gas pumps, shopping carts, or electronic cashier registers/screens*

*indicate additional times you should wash your hands during COVID-19

To Wash the hands, follow the simple steps below:

It is important when washing your hands not to allow your clothing to touch the dirty sink, especially in a public setting.  Also, be mindful dirt accumulates on jewelry that is worn on the hands. 20-second scrubbing of hands is required for effective hand washing. This will provide adequate time to remove the optimal number of contaminants and dirt from your hands.

Step 1: Wet Hands

It is important when washing your hands not to allow your clothing to touch the dirty sink, especially in a public setting.  Also, be mindful dirt accumulates on jewelry that is worn on the hands. Twenty seconds of scrubbing hands is required for effective hand washing. This will provide adequate time to remove the optimal number of contaminants and dirt from your hands.

Step 2. Lather Hands

Cover all surfaces with ample soap. In a cupped hand, apply a palmful of the product. Hands should be completely lathered, covering the full surface of your hands.

Step 3: Rub Palms Together

Hands should be rubbed palm to palm. Begin by firmly scrubbing the palms of the hands together in a circular manner while washing them. If you’re using bar soap, rinse it before and after each use to remove any dirt or impurities. Then return the bar soap to its original container. Friction and circular motions help to loosen dirt, making it much easier to remove dirt from the hands.

Step 4: Rub Back of Hands

Rub the palm of one hand over the back of the other hand with fingers interlocked, making sure to clean between your fingers. Repeat with the other hand.

Step 5: Interlink Your Fingers

With fingers interlaced, rub the palm of one hand over the back of the other, being sure to wipe between your fingers. Repeat with the opposite hand.

Step 6 Cup Your Fingers

With your right hand over and your left hand under, cup your fingers together. Rub the backs of your fingers on your palms with your fingers interlocked. Then switch.

Step 7 Clean the Thumbs

Enclose your right hand around your left thumb and rub as you rotate it, then swap.

Step 8 Rub Palms with Your Fingers

Rub the tips of the fingers of one hand in the palm of the other hand. Repeat with the other hand. Cleaning under nails helps to get the areas where dirt and contaminants can hide and be missed.

Step 9: Rinse Hands

Rinse hands under clean running water.

Step 10: Dry Hands

Dry hands thoroughly, ideally with a disposable towel. Alternatively, let them air dry. Pat hand dry in a motion from the fingertips, up the hands to the wrist being mindful not to pat from wrist back to hands. Patting from the fingers up the hands prevents bringing dirt and contaminates from the forearms to the now cleansed hands.

Step 11 Turn Off Faucet

Turn the faucet handle off with a clean dry paper towel and then dispose of it. Turning the faucet handle off with a clean dry paper towel prevents recontamination of clean hands. The dirt and contaminates the naked eye can not see can come through the wet paper towel onto the clean hands.

Your hands are now safe!!!

Remember, take a moment for self today!

Esther

from The Endulge Me Team

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