Importance of Hand Washing - 10 Facts and Procedure


Hand washing is the part of personal hygiene. We do many important things by our hands such as touching surface, stuff and eating food. Our hands transfer infectious diseases and yet many people don't wash them regularly.

Even, it is proved in studies that, transmission of microbes and germs occur through our hands.

Nowadays, health authorities also showing the importance of proper hand washing, because regularly cleaning your hands is enough to reduce the spread of viruses, microbes, and bacteria that cause many infectious diseases.

We can easily lower the risk of seasonal flu, bacterial infections, and many other diseases by washing hands at least 3-4 times a day or before eating.

Reasons to Wash Your Hands

Your hands could be dirtier than clothes because, whenever your hands touches a surface, object, cloths or an infected person, bacteria and viruses are spread on you. For example, your cell phone, door, and keyboard. Every time your touch them, you will carry many bacteria in your hands.

Even you can't see them with eye; still they can infect you, if you don't wash your hands 3-4 times. And when you touch hands to your face, nose and mouth, infection will get into your body. You can infect another person by shaking hand or sharing your stuff with them.

But we can lower such risks by regular hand washing.

Importance of Hand Washing

Here are the 10 facts and reasons, why you should wash your hands regularly:

  1. It helps reduce the risk and, prevents transmission of infectious diseases such as gastroenteritis and diarrhea, common cold, flu, skin and parasitic infections.
  2. It helps to keep your hands clean and prevent fungal infections.
  3. Bacteria can stay active in your hands for few hours, but when you wash your hands with soap it help to kill and wipe them from your hands.
  4. We open or closes toilet or office door which contains thousands of bacteria.
  5. We touch our mobile everyday which contains 7000 different types of bacteria. (source)
  6. As we use our computer and keyboard on the regular basis, which contain more bacteria than any other objects. According to new study, it could be dirtier than toilet seat. (source)
  7. By washing your hands properly, we can prevent bacteria from multiplying; because our hands are the best place to carry the bacteria.
  8. We use public transport everyday which is the best place for different types of bacteria and viruses.
  9. There are two layers of bacteria: the top layer found on the hands is called transient flora which is easily removed by proper hand washing.
  10. It keeps your nails clean from infectious microorganisms.

Hand Washing Procedure

Follow this effective hand washing steps to keep your hands free of bacteria and viruses:

  • To wash your hands properly, remove everything from your hands; ring, watch and bracelets etc.
  • Wet your hands with running water.
  • You can use liquid hand wash or soap, and then clean your hands at least 40-60 seconds.
  • Rub your hands, finger, palms and nails properly for 30 seconds, don't forget backside of your hands.
  • Rinse and dry them properly with towel.
  • If you are outside where no water available; you can use hand sanitizer to clean your hands. Just spray some sanitizer on your hands and rub them until it gets dry.

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