Hands are one of the most contaminated areas of our bodies. They are also one of the primary carriers of microorganisms causing sickness and diseases. Soap and clean running water are the only things needed to clean the hands. But if running water is not available, you can opt for soap and available water, as long as it is clean, when washing your hands. In situations when both soap and water are absent, you can go for an alcohol based sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol content to sanitize the hands. With these, there is no reason for you not to keep you hands clean.
Additionally, here are some of the best hand hygiene tips that will help prevent the spread of infection.
• Wash the hands after and before contact to contaminated materials and objects that are prone to contamination respectively like food, diapers, toilet, garbage, animal wastes, wounds, sick persons, body fluids and secretions, etc.
• Keep nails short. Cut your nails regularly to prevent dirt and bacteria from lodging under it.
• Wash your hands properly. Hand washing is the most effective way to prevent disease transmission. Washing your hands should last for 20 seconds which is equivalent to singing the happy birthday song twice from beginning to end. Rub hands together vigorously and scrub the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails.
• Hand sanitizers cannot completely eradicate all types of germs. It is not an effective cleanser for hands that are obviously dirty.
• When using alcohol-based sanitizer, rub the product all over your hands and fingers until your hands are dried.
• Use of hand sanitizers can yield to best results when applied after washing the hands with soap and water.
• A good sanitary wash include the use of tepid water and antibacterial soap.
• Properly dry your hands after rinsing it using a clean towel and hand dyer.
Prevention is always better than cure. Make proper hand hygiene a habit and you’ll be surprised to see that it gives you more health benefits than an apple a day.