How to Wash Your Hands (Yes, You’re Doing It All Wrong)

How to Wash Your Hands (Yes, You’re Doing It All Wrong)

Scrubbing for a minimum of twenty seconds and under your nails?

You go to the sink. Turn on the tap. Do a little rinse and grab a bit of soap and scrub for 3 seconds, rinse again and turn the water off-time for a towel. Sounds like the right thing to do… right? But it isn’t.

It’s a fact that many people don’t wash their hands often enough. And when it comes to those of us that do, we simply aren’t doing it right, experts say.

In fact, the problem is so prevalent that National Handwashing Week has been invented, in an effort to get the public to improve those scrubbing skills.

It’s all about trying to prevent you from getting the flu, as we get through the winter.

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How should you be washing? The CDC says you should wet, lather, scrub, rinse and dry. Rub both the front and back of your hands, between your fingers and under your nails. Sing Happy Birthday to yourself TWICE, so that you scrub for at least 20 seconds. This will ensure you wash all those germs down the drain.

And for more emphasis, Henry the Hand has these tips. There are 4 key principles in keeping your hands clean: wash them when they’re dirty and before you eat, don’t cough in them, don’t sneeze in them, and don’t pick your nose or put your fingers in your mouth or eyes, (essentially, avoid touching your T-Zone). For respiratory and gastrointestinal diseases, this is the only port of entry. Don’t let those guys on the plane!

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