How-to: wash your hands properly
Think it’s enough to give your hands a quick 10-second once over with a bit of soap (or worse, just with water)? Well think again beauties, because you’re not going to get rid of bacteria with a rushed job!
Now don’t worry, we’re not about to tell you to get all OCD with your hand washing, but washing your hands properly is one of the most important ways to stop the spread of illness, so we’re going to teach you how to do it quickly, but effectively. Here’s how…
1.) Wet your hands with warm water (it’ll make the whole process feel a lot nicer we promise!).
2.) If you’re using a liquid soap, apply a hazelnut-sized amount to your palm. If you’re using a bar soap, you’ll need to rub it between your hands for a good five seconds to ensure you get enough product.
3.) Lather the soap between your hands for at least 20 seconds, spreading it over the top of your hands, between your fingers and under your nails.
4.) Rinse thoroughly under warm water, rubbing your hands as you go to ensure you remove the soapy residue.
5.) Pat your hands dry and, if need be, apply a nourishing hand cream.
Tip: A good indication of how much time is needed to wash your hands is to sing the ‘happy birthday’ song twice while washing. Once you’ve done that, you’ll have washed your hands for long enough!
Do you think you wash your hands properly? What hand washing tips do you have?