One of the easiest ways to keep your home and your family clean is a good hand-washing routine. We all come into contact with so many items using our hands: just think doorknobs, pets, food, bathrooms and so much more. You can easily experience cross-contamination that leads to colds, infections, and other illnesses – just through poor hand hygiene.
Check out our top tips for the best hand washing procedures so you can soap-up correctly every time.
How to Wash Hands
You probably already have a technique that works for you. Apply soap or hand wash, rub your hands together, and rinse, right?
If you really want to wash your hands properly, you’ll need to make sure you’re not just giving them a quick splash under the tap. Kids especially might need a little help with their hand washing, so it’s important to be able to hand down the right information.
- Wet your hands with cold or warm water and apply enough soap or hand wash to get the suds covering the entire surface of your hands.
- Create some bubbles by rubbing your hands vigorously, palm to palm. Make sure one hand passes over the top of the other, going in between fingers, then switch hands.
- Interlace your fingers with palms touching and get in between the base of your fingers.
- Grab your left thumb with a fist and twist it gently back and forth before switching hands and repeating.
- Clean under your fingernails and around your cuticles using either a bristled brush or your hand.
- Dry your hands well using a clean towel or a hand dryer – not your pants!
If you can’t get to a sink with soap, you can apply the exact same method with a soapless hand sanitiser.