How to Wash Your Hands Properly

Tbs Pink’s Guide to Keeping Your Palms & Pinkies Squeaky Clean

Washing your hands is an integral part of keeping yourself and those around you healthy. Day to day, you come into contact with thousands of surfaces from your mobile phone to shared yoga mats, which can lead to a build-up of germs on your hands. When you touch your face – which the average person does 200 times a day – germs can enter into your system which could cause you to become unwell.  

While it may seem enough to give your hands a quick rinse with soap and water, it’s recommended that you wash your hands thoroughly for twenty seconds to try to reduce the amount of germs or bacteria from your hands. 

When is the Most Important Time to Wash Hands?

Keeping your hands clean is an easy and effective way to help prevent the spread of bacteria and keep yourself healthy. However, how often should one wash their hands in a day? And when is the most critical time to do so?

How often one needs to wash their hands will depend on their day to day activity, but we recommend washing your hands anytime you do one of the following:

• Before and after preparing food, especially raw foods like meat and vegetables. 
• Before eating 
• After using the toilet or changing a diaper
• After blowing your nose, sneezing or coughing
• Before and after treating a cut or wound
• After touching animals, including pets. 

If you live in a city you’re likely to have a busy commute. It’s impossible to avoid coming in to contact with lots of people and contaminated surfaces. Washing you hands when you arrive at work and return home will help to reduce the amount of grime and bacteria that may have built up on your journey.

Our 10 Steps For Washing Your Hands The Right Way

1. First, wet your hands with warm water
2. Apply 1-2 pumps of soap to cover your hands. Be generous! 
3. Lather up by rubbing the palms of your hands together
4. Use the palm of one hand to rub the back of the other and clean in between the fingers. Repeat on the other hand
5. Rub your hands together making sure you clean in between your fingers
6. Rub the back of your fingers against your palms on both hand
7. Don’t forget your thumbs! Rub each one using your other hand
8. Rub the tips of your fingers on the palm of your other hand
9. Rinse your hands with running water
10. Dry you hands completely with a clean towel and – handy tip! – use it to turn off the tap.

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