Washing your hands thoroughly considerably reduces the spread of viral and bacterial infections. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), washing your hands with soap and water is the most effective way to combat infections.
Washing your hands alone is not enough. Bacteria remain on your hands even after washing, and moist skin offers a favourable growth environment for bacteria. Washing your hands means warm water, soap and rubbing your hands for around 20 seconds. After washing, hands must also be dried thoroughly. Removing bacteria from hands by using a high-quality disposable paper towel is important. And the paper towel should also be used to close the tap after washing.
Steps to washing your hands thoroughly
- Wet your hands with water.
- Wash your hands thoroughly with soap – including your fingertips, the backs of your hands, and your wrists.
- Rinse your hands with plenty of water.
- Dry your hands thoroughly with a disposable paper towel.
- Turn off the tap using the paper towel.