Washing hands and keeping them clean every time you are at a particular task or are eating your meal saves you from several illnesses and infections. This is a preventive measure, which should be adopted from childhood, and parents should teach their kids to keep their hands clean always. Clean hands prevent the spread of germs and infection causing bacteria and viruses.

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When to Wash Your Hands

These simple rules will help you to make sure that your family is following the basic hygiene principles that can easily prevent the onset of contagious health problems.

You should wash your hands:

  • Before, while and after the food preparation
  • Before you eat/drink anything
  • Before and after you have cleaned or cared a sick person
  • Before and after you have treated a wound or a cut
  • Immediately after using the loo/toilet
  • After you have changed the diaper or cleaned the poop of a child
  • After sneezing, coughing or blowing your nose
  • After touching feed of the animal, animal waste or even an animal
  • After picking up and throwing garbage

The Right Way to Clean/Wash Your Hands

Here is a step wise guide:

  • First, wet the dirty hands in running water (cold or warm)
  • Turn off the tap and then apply a disinfectant soap.
  • Lather by rubbing the two hands from both front and back and all your fingers, below, and above the nails.
  • Scrub the hands for few seconds and then rinse the hands under running, clean water.
  • Dry them using a clean towel or a napkin