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Coronavirus Prevention: How to Clean Your Hands Properly?

Learning how to clean your hands properly is a must-do during the coronavirus pandemic. Stopping the spread of the virus will help slow down the infection rate and give the health industry the best chance of tackling the problem. 

But how do you clean your hands properly? Read the blog below to understand why you should be cleaning your hands, what the correct methods to do so are and when the best times to clean your hands are.  


How to Clean your hands Properly 

Below is a ten-step process on how to effectively wash your hands:

  1. Wet hands with warm water.
  2. Apply a soap to the palm of your hands. 
  3. Rub both hands together to distribute the soap.
  4. Clean the back side of your hand – use the fingers on one hand to rub the back of the other. Repeat for both hands.
  5. Rub both of your hands together to clean your palms.
  6. Clean in between your fingers, both from the front and the back. Repeat for each hand. 
  7. Rub the back of your fingers against your palms. Repeat for each hand. 
  8. Clean both your thumbs using the opposite hand. 
  9. Clean your fingertips and nails on the palm of your other hand. Repeat for each hand. 
  10. Rinse both hands under warm water.

When washing your hands, it is recommended to sing the song “happy birthday” to give you a rough gauge on the amount of time to spend. Following the steps over the prolonged time will sufficiently wash your hands. 

You can also check out the NHS website for their advice on how to clean your hands. 


Why should you clean your hands properly? 

You should be cleaning your hands to combat the spread of germs from your hands to surfaces and other people. Germs are transmitted to and from your hands in simple ways that occur every day. Look at the list below:

  • Touching your eyes, nose, or mouth
  • Preparing or eating food and drink
  • Touching contaminated objects and surfaces
  • Coughing or sneezing into your hands

It is important, now more than ever, with the outbreak of the Coronavirus to use any method to help prevent spreading and catching the virus.  

The best and easiest way of improving public health is hand washing. Those who are washing their hands more than six times, often suffer less from infectious diseases compared to those who wash their hands less than the recommended amount. 

Read our previous blog to understand the amount of times you should wash your hands each day.


When Should you Clean your Hands Properly?

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When should you wash your hands to ensure you are minimising your chances of contracting the coronavirus? 

Check out the list below as a guidance: 

  • After visiting a public place such as an essential shop or the doctors.
  • After you have been outside to exercise.
  • After visiting a public or private restroom.
  • Before and after preparing food.
  • Before and after eating food.
  • Before and after caring for a vulnerable loved one.
  • After blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.

Although this list is not an extensive list, following this as a guide will catch the germs when they have the most chance of spreading. 


Now you know how to clean your hands properly…

Hopefully from this blog you have a better understanding on how to clean your hands properly. Deploying these tips and tricks will help slow the spread of the coronavirus and equally reduce your chances of contracting it. 

Best of luck staying safe and healthy, and best wishes to your loved ones. 

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