Are You Doing It Right?
‘Tis the season not only for festive music and
decorations but for seasonal germs that can quickly ruin your holiday season.
You may not be aware, but the month of December includes National Handwashing
Awareness week. This is a time to review the essential habit of handwashing and
make sure you’re doing it correctly.
So let’s put your handwashing habits to the test! If you were to take a handwashing survey how would you fare? Let’s review and find out.
Handwashing Survey Q&A
How Often Should You Wash Your Hands?
Q- How often should you wash your hands?
A- Hopefully you’re already washing
effectively after using the bathroom, but there are other important times you
need to be washing up. Be sure to wash your hands AFTER taking out the trash,
working with animals, caring for someone who is sick, and BEFORE preparing food
or sitting down for a meal.
What’s the Most Important Part of
Q- What do you think is the most essential
part of proper handwashing? Is it the type of soap? The water temperature? The
time spent washing?
A- Although all of the above play a vital role,
the friction of rubbing and scrubbing your hands together after lathering is
most important part of germ prevention. Best practices from the CDC recommend
rubbing your hands together for at least 20 seconds each time you wash. And
don’t forget to clean the fronts and backs of your hands as well as your nails
and in between your fingers.
Does Water Temperature Matter?
Q- Is hot water is more effective at cleaning hands than cold
A- Believe it or not, both warm and cold water
can be effectively used for proper handwashing. Water temperature is a matter
of personal preference, and younger children often prefer to wash with cooler
water. As long as you’re following
proper handwashing technique, water temperature isn’t important.
Is Antibacterial Soap the Best
Q- Do you need to use antibacterial soap to really get your hands
A- Although that may seem like the best
option, research suggests it’s actually better to use plain soap and water.
Evidence suggests that antibacterial soap is no more effective than regular
soap. Additionally, the ingredients in antibacterial soaps may not be safe for
daily use over time.
3 Great Hand Soap Options
Looking for the best hand soap to use in your
home? Here are a few good choices:
Hand Soap from Kiss My Face
Pure Soap with Goat’s Milk from Remwood Products
Butter Bar Soap from Nubian Heritage
The 5 Steps to Healthier Handwashing
To review, here are the 5 steps you should be
taking every time you wash your hands.
- Wet your hands with clean, running
- Later up with soap
- Scrub hands and fingers together
for at least 20 seconds.
- Rinse completely with clean,
- Air dry or use a clean hand towel.
How did you fare on our handwashing survey?
What changes do you need to make? Share your thoughts with us in the comments