You've probably heard this more than once: “Wash your hands—and use lots of soap and hot water!”
As it turns out, washing your hands properly is one very simple way to keep yourself healthy. Here are tips to do it right, as recommended by Dr. Lamont Sweet, Deputy Chief Health Officer for the Canadian province of Prince Edward Island:
- To wash your hands, you need lots of regular soap and lots of water.
- The temperature of the water is not important, despite common belief. It has no effect on a good scrub's germ-fighting abilities.
- Allow for two minutes (or, at the very least, 20 seconds of rigorous scrub time after lathering, as recommended by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention).
- Put effort into scrubbing not only palms and fingers, but also the backs of hands and the skin between the fingers where germs can continue to reside.
Specifically, ensure a good cleansing at these times to limit the transfer of bacteria, viruses, and other microbes…
- Before and after your hands are near your face.
- Before eating and cooking.
- After using the bathroom, blowing your nose, and sneezing into a hand.
- After changing diapers.
- After handling any kind of meat or garbage.
- After touching animals or cleaning up after them.
And here's an economic solution. Use boiled potatoes to cleanse hands. They work as well as common soap and keep the skin soft and healthy.
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