Everyone is running around right now trying to get their hands on any kind of hand sanitizer they can find. Some even spend money on recipes and ingredients on DIY hand sanitizer that may or may not end up actually being effective in killing bacteria. Through all this, healthcare professionals have maintained one important truth, that washing your hands is still more effective than hand sanitizers. That doesn’t mean just throwing a little soap on your hands, rubbing them together for 5 seconds and rinsing them. There is a proper handwashing technique to ensure you are actually cleaning your hands. Here are the steps for proper hand washing.

Step 1: Wet hands

The first step is to turn on the faucet and wet your hands with cold or warm water. Some people think using extremely hot water helps kill germs more, but it in fact does not. It does however use up more energy, and water, while also drying out the hands. So experts advise either warm or cold water will do.They also say to turn off the faucet before moving on to step 2 which is getting soap. 

Step 2: Lather

The second step is to lather your hands with soap. According to medical professionals any soap will work, but there is a specific way to lather it and really make you get everything. They say to make sure you are scrubbing your hands, between the fingers, back of the hand, and your wrist. You should scrub them for 20 seconds, you can hum the “Happy Birthday” song twice to time it. Doing this is going to ensure that you have gotten every part of your hands washed thoroughly. 

Step 3: Rinse well

Step 3 is pretty obvious but make sure when you rinse you get all of the soap completely off your hands. All of that dirt, grime, and bacteria that you just got out of your hands, is now in the soap. Not rinsing them thoroughly could cause recontamination. So once again, make sure you are rinsing all of the soap off your hand with clean water. Using running water for handwashing is extremely important as a basin or any other kind of standing water could be contaminated as well.

Final step: dry with paper towel or air dry.

Once all the soap is rinsed off your hands, make sure you completely dry your hands with a single-use paper towel or let them air dry. Using a paper towel is a good choice because then you have something you can turn off the faucet with, so you keep your hands clean.

Final Thoughts

Make sure you keep a vigorous hand washing routine. This is the best way to ensure you stop the spread of germs and bacteria, and help keep you and the ones around you safe and healthy. But Hand sanitizer is a great alternative to help stop the spread of germs and to help keep you and the ones around you safe and healthy for when you do not have access to soap and water.