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5 Ways to Keep Your Hands Clean

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Dr. Pete Hinz

Ridgewood NJ, With the coronavirus pandemic going on, you cannot be too careful nowadays about keeping your hands clean to prevent accidentally transmitting the virus. It’s usually very simple if you just keep your wits about you and pay attention.

Here are five ways to help you stay on top of things and keep your hands clean.

1. Be aware of what you’re touching

This might seem obvious, but some people don’t really think about what they’re touching. When it comes to preventing something like COVID-19, it helps to be aware of what you’re coming into contact with.

You’re not just going to restroom; you’re touching the doorknob, the toilet seat, your pants and underpants, the toilet paper roll, the flush lever, even perhaps your phone. If at any point in there you touched something dirty and didn’t wash your hands, you could have spread something further down the line. Always be aware of what you’re touching to minimize the spread of germs.

2. Wash your hands often

Hand hygiene is incredibly important so washing your hands often is a very simple and effective thing to do.

It is recommended to wash your hands with warm water and soap for at least twenty seconds. Singing the Happy Birthday song is a good measure of twenty seconds, so you can simply do that if you think you might be rushing things.

When washing, you also want to make sure you wash under your fingernails as those are often overlooked by some people. This can be done easily by pinching your fingers together and pressing and twisting them into the palm of your other hand.

3. Understand cross-contamination

The concept of cross-contamination is usually brought up when dealing with food, but it can also be applied to the spread of germs via the hands.

One of the most overlooked things is that you don’t need to worry only about your own actions that could cross-contaminate, but the actions of others as well. Doorknobs and handles are touched by hundreds if not thousands of people every day, and while they are sometimes made of materials that have disinfecting properties, you can’t count on that all the time and should be proactive.

Try not to touch too many objects after using a doorknob or other item that has been touched by a lot of people, and try to wash your hands as soon as possible after doing so.

4. Wear gloves

This one is a bit tricky because there are some people who think that wearing gloves will let you touch anything with impunity, which is not exactly true. Gloves will protect your skin, yes, but if any contaminants get on the glove, that glove is now able to spread germs.

You wouldn’t, for example, clean up a mess with gloves and then immediately go pick up your phone. It’s important to know that you need to dispose of the gloves (or remove them for washing if they’re reusable) when you need to handle things that should not be dirtied.

But if done properly, wearing gloves is a helpful tidbit if you can’t help touching things that may be contaminated, as long as you remember that you should then limit your touching so as not to spread any contaminants any further.

5. Sanitize your hands

There are times when you simply won’t able to wash your hands often and will not be able to help touching things that are touched often. This is where hand sanitizer comes in. It’s essentially a way to wash your hands without soap and water as the sanitizer does the job of both and dries itself.

It’s best to always carry with you a personal bottle of hand sanitizer so you will be prepared for any events in which you might need to touch something but cannot wash your hands afterwards. There are even some methods of making your own sanitizer at home so you don’t have to go out and buy it.

So remember that washing your hands is very simple and can help greatly in combating the coronavirus, so remember these tips and try to keep your hands clean as much as possible.

2 thoughts on “5 Ways to Keep Your Hands Clean

  1. I remember back in the early 80s that they did not fill up the soap dispenser, they weren’t putting any paper towels to dry your hands in the dispenser. The hot water was shut off. And then I took the doors off the stalls where you went poop poop. So are you boys I’m sure remember why they did that. And you would be surprise what schools did that.

  2. Pathetic and sad that these “hand washing” articles proliferate and are required.
    Isn’t this something everyone learned in pre-school (or earlier) ?

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