How to wash your hands.
Drying is important
When cold and Flu strikes, we often suspect family or friends of passing it on by sneezing. According to the U.S. Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology, at least 80 percent of such ailments are transmitted not through the air - but by our hands! Your doctor will likely agree that the affective washing of hands is the most important way to prevent the spread of sickness.

Have you ever noticed just how many people fail to wash their hands after using the toilet, blowing their nose or before they prepare or eat food? Perhaps you will claim to always wash with water at these crucial times, but the danger of infection does not disappear after a quick splash under the tap.

The drying of hands can be just as important as washing. Experts at the University of Westminster in England found that more than a few people do not dry their hands properly after washing. This is especially so when using hot-air dryers. It is also common to complete the process by wiping hands on clothing. This may well spread dangerous germs still present on the hands. Researchers at Westminster recommend strongly the complete drying of hands on disposable paper towels or an unused clean cloth towel.

Things You Will Need

Mild soap
Paper disposable towels
Clean cloth towel

Step 1

Choose warm running water and mild soap. If a basin and non-running
water is the only option, disinfect the basin each time it is used.

Step 2

Rub hands together vigorously until the soap lathers up, and continue rubbing for at least 15 seconds. Be careful not to overlook the tops of the hands as well as between fingers and under fingernails.

Step 3

Rinse your hands under warm running water.

Step 4

Dry off with a clean disposable towel, and avoid touching the faucet or towel holder with you newly cleaned hands.

Step 5

Turn the faucet off using the towel as a barrier to keep from touching the contaminated handle. No matter if you are in a wealthy or developing nation, these simple steps cost very little and will protect your family from unnecessary disease. Start today and stay healthy!

Tips & Warnings

Be aware of a child's need to wash at an appropriate height. They may be washing, but picking up germs as their upper arms contact the sink. Once you have helped the child to accomplish all these steps, then complete your own effective hand wash.

Pre-moistened towelettes are handy, but do not effectively clean hands.