Back to basics: how to properly and how often to wash your hands


From childhood, many of us were taught to wash our hands often: increased attention to personal hygiene and the prevention of infectious diseases was a strength of Soviet upbringing. The children grew up, began to go abroad and discovered that some hygiene rules that seemed so natural in our country are not always observed in the rest of the world: for example, peers in other countries could not change clothes and shoes when entering the house.

The coronavirus pandemic has forced people around the world to reconsider their attitude to hygiene. Changing clothes and shoes when returning to the house from the street has become one of the preventive recommendations; washing hands was dedicated to broadcasts on television and dances in social networks. In this article, we will discuss how to properly wash your hands, and how to make it easy to follow this algorithm.

How to wash your hands properly?

Rospotrebnadzor on its website describes the process as follows.

Remove jewelry, roll up sleeves.

— Wet your hands with warm water before applying soap.

— Lather your hands well and follow the hand washing technique for at least 30 seconds (you need to lather your hands, palms, back of the palms, between the fingers, nails, thumbs, fingertips).

Rinse hands thoroughly with warm water to remove soap.

— Dry your hands with a towel. Hand drying is essential: hands are dried by blotting them with a disposable tissue or dry towel. Make sure your hands are completely dry.

— When you are in a public restroom, use a paper towel to open and close the door to the restroom and press the flush button.

Rospotrebnadzor recommends washing hands

BEFORE: preparing food, eating, putting on contact lenses and applying makeup, touching the area of ​​​​skin infection, wounds and other damaged skin; before medical procedures.

AFTER: cooking, handling soiled laundry, cleaning and housework and gardening; coughing, sneezing, or vomiting; contact with domestic and any other animals; work, study, stay outdoors and in public places; doing sports; touching the area of ​​skin infection and skin wounds; toilet visits; contact with money work at a computer and other office equipment; travel by public transport.

To sum it up, you need to wash your hands every time you change activities.

Keep hand soap ready — on every sink in your home. From frequent washing, the skin can become dry; To prevent this from happening, use a hand cream.

Instructions from the World Health Organization

differs in some details: for example, hands need to be washed from 40 to 60 seconds. In addition, WHO describes the technique in detail.

— Moisten your hands with water.

Take enough soap to cover all surfaces of the hand.

— Rub one hand on the other.

With your right palm, rub the back of your left hand, interlacing your fingers, and vice versa.

— Interlace your fingers, rubbing your palm with your palm.

— Connect your fingers into a “lock”, rub the palm of your other hand with the back of your bent fingers.

— Grasp the thumb of the left hand with the right palm and rub it in a circular motion; then change hands.

— In a circular motion in the direction of forward and backward, with the closed fingers of the right hand, rub the left palm; change hands.

— Rinse your hands with water.

— Dry your hands thoroughly with a disposable towel.

— Use a towel to turn off the faucet.

“Now your hands are safe.

How to choose liquid hand soap

Choose a soap that lathers easily, has a pleasant scent, and gently cleanses your hands – like Milana Perfumed Liquid Soap from GRASS. Coconut oil-based natural foaming agents produce a thick and delicate foam, while natural oils in the composition nourish, restore, heal and soften the skin.
Perfumed hand and body cream Milana contains vitamin E and glycerin, and due to these components, it softens dry skin well, compensates for the lack of vitamins, moisturizes and protects the skin from peeling. Both products come in an economical 300 ml pack that will last you for a long time.

To easily follow the rules of WHO and Rospotrebnadzor, make the procedure pleasant: put liquid soap and hand cream with your favorite scent in the bathroom.


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