Common questions on washing hands answered

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Your parents may have 'preached' to you regularly on the importance of washing your hands. And now you might need to teach your offspring the same.

 

But when should we actually be washing our hands? Before, after meals or both?

 

Let’s first looking at why washing hands is so important…

Washing hands prevents the spread of germs – especially when you’ve got the cold or flu. Washing your hands after coughing, sneezing or blowing your nose will prevent those around you from contracting your illnesses. Read this article for more details on how to wash your hands properly.

 

When should you wash your hands?

  • Before preparing and eating food
  • Before tending to a sick person
  • After using the toilet
  • After blowing your nose or coughing
  • After changing a diaper
  • After touching garbage
  • After cleaning your house and toilet with thick bleach
  • Is using soap important?

    Yes it is. Washing correctly with regular soap is as effective as washing with anti-bacterial soap. Just be careful to store the soap properly in a dry place as soap can help to spread bacteria if it’s left in a puddle of water or on the edge of your sink.

     

    Is a hand sanitiser a good substitute?

    Only if you do not have access to water. Make sure you use a hand sanitiser that contains at least 60 percent alcohol to clean hands properly.

     

    Is there such a thing as over-washing your hands?

    Yes, there is. Over-washing your hands can lead to dry, itchy skin and can even cause your skin to crack and bleed. Cracked skin can also provide a gateway for germs. After washing, apply hand lotion and encourage your kids to do the same.

     

    Let’s clap for healthier hands!

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