How to Wash Your Hands Correctly – A Guide

The only way to kill the coronavirus before it gets into your system is through proper handwashing. Emphasis on proper. If you are not familiar with the proper technique, here’s a complete guide on how to wash your hands correctly.

The Right Sequence

Applying soap and rinsing with water isn’t all there is to proper handwashing. There is actually a right sequence in doing it to make sure that it effectively cleans your hands. Below are the steps of the correct handwashing sequence:

  1. Wet your hands completely with warm running water.
  2. Apply a generous amount of soap.
  3. Rub your hands together away from the water. Begin with your palms.
  4. Rub your fingers and the spaces between them.
  5. Rub your nails against your palm and clean the underside of each nail.
  6. Rub the back of your hands.
  7. Rinse your hands with clean running water.
  8. Use a clean cloth towel, tissue, or paper towel to dry your hands.

How Long to Wash For?

When washing your hands with the right sequence, don’t do it in a hurry. You need to spend enough time to completely rid your hands of dirt, bacteria, and viruses. According to studies, 20 seconds to one minute is the most ideal length of time in handwashing. It’s not that long, really. Just sing “Happy Birthday” twice, though it’s no one’s birthday, and you can rest assured that your hands are 100% clean.

What to Wash With?

It’s always best to wash your hands with soap and water. But if you don’t have immediate access to both, you can instead apply alcohol-based hand sanitiser with at least 60% alcohol to keep your hands clean. This product does not require water, so you can use it wherever you go. Apply the right amount as indicated in the product’s label, then rub it all over your hands until it dries. Using alcohol-based hand wipes will also do, but still make sure to wash your hands whenever you got the chance.

When to wash?

You need to wash your hands in every opportunity that you can. Make handwashing a habit so there’s no chance of forgetting it even when you’re busy at home or work. However, handwashing is a priority if you’re coming from public spaces like the parks, restaurants, shops, or public transports. You have a higher risk of picking up germs and viruses in such places so you need to wash your hands immediately.

Handwashing is also a must before eating, caring for a baby or sick person, wearing contact lenses, and treating wounds. You also need to wash your hands after doing the following:

  • Using the toilet
  • Coughing or sneezing
  • Handling rubbish or rubbish bins
  • Touching your pet or any animal
  • Handling pet food or animal waste
  • Treating wounds
  • Changing nappies

Greg Keily Chemist is Here to Help

For all the vital medications and personal hygiene that you need amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Greg Keily Chemist in Southport, Gold Coast will be open 7 days a week to assist you. Our team of qualified pharmacists is always at the ready to give the right advice, whether your concern is related to coronavirus or not.

During these difficult times, Greg Keily Chemist strongly advises families in the Southport community to stock at least 14 days-worth of your medications in case of quarantine. Make sure to have enough supply of Ibuprofen, Paracetamol, immune boosters, and hand sanitiser.  But also ensure not to get more than what you. Avoid stockpiling of medicines so that enough supplies are always available for other individuals who need access to these vital medicines.

We will endeavour to provide regular guidance via our Facebook.

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