Hand Hygiene and How to Wash Your Hands
no one ever thinks about the handles on the toilet flushers and stall doors. Areas that can go without being disinfected for months... Years. Personally I believe staying away from all public restroom surfaces. ,go to the bathroom. Your not going to catch anything from yourself. Just go, grab paper towel, on the way in, use it to touch every surface
I still believe that a lot of this is overkill. If I washed my hands before and after touching my face and after touching animals I would never have a chance to leave my bathroom. I have 5 dogs and 4 cats. The dogs are in my lap whenever I sit down, I pet them while I am doing other things. I don't think I wash my hands even once a day most days. That said, if I come down with a cold or other illness more than once or twice a year it would be very unusual. I think people have become so obsessed with germs that they have made themselves susceptible to any little bug that comes along. I don't use hand sanitizer, I don't sanitize countertops or stovetops and I often leave leftovers out overnight and reheat the next day before refrigerating them and I have never had salmonella or other issues.
no one ever thinks about the handles on the toilet flushers and stall doors. Areas that can go without being disinfected for months... Years. Personally I believe staying away from all public restroom surfaces. ,go to the bathroom. Your not going to catch anything from yourself. Just go, grab paper towel, on the way in, use it to touch every surface. Toss it after you have left the room. Actually, wear rubber gloves and a mask everywhere you go. Don't take public transportation. Who knows when anyone has disinfected the surfaces on the bus. In the grocery store, on the fuel pump at the gas station. At least toilets and sinks get disinfected if a janitor is good. They are probably the only surfaces you don't have to worry about.
When I was doing my assistent in nursing course, we were taught to sing happy birthday song to ourselves to gauge the length of time to wash our hands for.
It's very important tips for all of us and very clean and disinfect our hands for most of the day
I have never heard of using a boiled potato as soap and cannot find anything else like that on the internet. Was that a joke?
This is one of many old-time (and we admit, sometimes wacky) remedies found in our archives. The Almanac began in 1792, so a lot of the old tips seem strange today.
Germs don't make you sick. They are everywhere all the time. When your immune system is compromised, germs can get the upper hand inside. You can wash your hands till the cows come home and it won't do any good. You need to maintain a strong immune system.
Here's my additional suggestion: don't forget your wrists. Wash farther up than just your hands, so as to clean the wrist areas, too. Those areas can easily harbor germs from your blouse or shirt sleeves, or from bracelets.
After turning the faucet off with the paper towel, use it to open the restroom door, especially if it has a doorknob or handle that must be pulled inward. lots of germs there left behind from no-wash bathroom visitors...