Remember to wash your hands before, during, and after preparing food; before eating; before and after treating a cut or round; after using the bathroom, and after changing a nappy; before and after caring for someone who is sick. And here’s something most people don’t think about: wash your hands after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing, after contact with animals or pet food, and after handling .
One myth is that just putting your hands under running water is enough to clean them before eating or preparing foods. Here’s the truth: rubbing hands with soap and water is the way to go. You need to make sure you scrub thoroughly for at least 20 seconds.
A recent study found that people frequently missed areas around the fingernails, the backs of your hands, the thumbs, and the area between your fingers.
Dirty hands spread infections. In fact, infections spread by unclean hands account for 50% of respiratory illnesses and 60% of gastrointestinal illnesses annually. To wash your hands effectively, wet hands with warm, clean running water and add soap. Rub hands together to make a lather. Continue rubbing for 20 seconds (sing “Happy Birthday to You” twice for an accurate count - most importantly making sure you are in tune!!) , then rinse under warm running water. Making sure you dry your hands using clean towels, disposable towels, or air dry. Multiple use towels, like a tea towel are not safe.