How to Properly Wash Your Hands by DeibelLabs published on 2013/06/29 01:15:35 +0000 According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “keeping hands clean with improved hand hygiene is one of the most important steps we can take to avoid getting sick and spreading germs to others. Many diseases and conditions are spread by not washing hands with soap and clean, running water” As you go through your day, germs are accumulated on your hands. You don’t want infect yourself or anyone else with these germs by touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Washing hands frequently can help reduce risks for yourself and others. 1. Get wet - With warm tap water, go ahead and get your hands wet. Contrary to popular believe, hot water does not kill more bacteria than warm water when used with soap. 2. Apply soap - Any type of soap will work. Soap works by removing germs, soil and killing germs. 3. Lather up - Scrub both sides of your hands, in between your fingers, around & under fingernails and up to your wrists. 4. 20 second rule - Sing the song “Happy Birthday” to yourself and that’s about the right amount of time. If you sing fast, sing the song twice. Give the soap time to do its job, rubbing it in many different directions to cover all areas. 5. Rinse off - With your fingers pointed down, let the running water remove the soap from your hands. 6. Towel time - Use a towel to turn off the faucet, especially in a public restroom. If a paper towel is not available, use your forearm, elbow or shoe. Just kidding 7. Dry it out - Although not as good for the environment, paper towels are more sanitary for drying your hands than cloth. If you’re using cloth at home, make sure you launder them regularly. Air dryers are also a sanitary method. Learn more about the importance of staying germ free and detecting contaminants in food & personal care products at the Deibel Laboratories home page which is www.deibellabs.com.