Monthly Archives: February 2014

Hand Washing 101

washing-hands-mdWashing your hands is one of the first things you learn to do as child. It’s so basic, right? And there are so many styles. There’s the “2-second rinse and wipe on your pants” or the “5-second squirt soap in your palms and rinse the soap blob down the drain” just to name a couple. Both of these styles have to be better than the not “washing” at all, right? Maybe not.

I saw a little blurb on the news about hand washing which prompted me to do some research and examine my own habits.  I’m the first to admit that I wasn’t putting in proper time.

The CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) set forth the following guidelines to help remove germs, avoid getting sick and prevent the spread of germs to others:

How to Wash your Hands:

1) Wet your hands, turn off the tap and apply soap.

2) Lather your hands with the soap. This includes the backs of your hands, in between your fingers, under your nails, and your finger tips.

3) Now that you’re all nice and soapy, scrub your hands for 20 seconds. If you sing or hum the ‘Happy Birthday’ song twice you’ll be good to go. The CDC even suggests this!

4) Rinse

5) Dry

It’s that simple!

Soap and water is the best way to kill those germs but if you don’t have access to clean running water, an alcohol based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol is a good option. Be advised that hand sanitizers do not eliminate all types of germs. When applying, make sure you rub in until dry.

We’re in the height of cold and flu season and I think we owe it to each other to take a few extra seconds to lather up and scrub.

I will if you will!