Practice Proper Hygiene for Good Health!
Proper hand washing is vital to your general health as well as preventing illness. While good hygiene is not difficult, it is a habit you need to get into for the safety of yourself and everyone around you. Here are some tips for proper hygiene when washing your hands:
- Whenever possible, wet your hands under warm, running water. Then turn off the water
- Apply liquid or bar soap to your hands and rub them together, working up a lather. Make sure to get the fronts and backs of hands and between fingers
- Rinse the soap off thoroughly
- Dry hands on a paper towel, cloth towel, or with an air drying machine. Make sure hands are completely dry to prevent chapping, particularly in colder weather
While hand washing in the above manner is the best, if need be you can improvise. Keep a small bottle of hand sanitizer with you at all times to disinfect your hands when running water isn't available. To use hand sanitizer, simply squirt a quarter-sized amount into your hands and rub hands together, again making sure to get the front and back of hands as well as between your fingers.
Hand sanitizer is available in grocery stores, pharmacies, and many big box stores and is inexpensive. It's a good idea to throw a bottle in your purse, briefcase, gym bag, and car so you are never caught unprepared when you need to clean your hands.
To maintain proper cleanliness, it's important to wash up, especially at certain times. For example, make sure to wash your hands:
- Before and after you make food
- Right before you eat any meal or snack
- After touching any kind of garbage
- After touching animals or animal waste especially
- As often as possible when taking care of someone who is sick
- After changing the diaper of a baby or elderly person
- Both before and after treating a cut or any sort of wound
- After anytime you cough, sneeze or blow your nose
- After using the bathroom—every single time