Four Ways You Are Washing Your Hands Wrong

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  • Without soap, you are still prone to getting infected from germs such as clostridium difficile
  • Germs and viruses may hide (and eventually transfer to a person upon contact) in bar soaps
  • Most coliform bacteria are found in clothes, dish sponges, and sinks where you usually wash your hands

Are you sure you’re washing off dirt from your hands the right way? Find out if you’re doing it properly!

These are the most common mistakes that you may be doing when washing your hands:

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You Don’t Use Soap

Washing with water isn’t enough. Without soap, you are still prone to getting infected from germs such as clostridium difficile.

You Are in a Rush

Do you take your time washing your hands? A 2013 Michigan State University (The School of Hospitality Business) study revealed that 5 percent of the respondents spent an average of just 6 seconds washing their hands.

This disturbing finding goes against the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommendation of 15 to 20 seconds of hand washing.

You Are Washing With A “Dirty” Soap Bar

Is the bar soap you’re using clean? The CDC says that without proper rinsing, germs and viruses may hide (and eventually transfer to a person upon contact) in bar soaps. A frightening thought to add to that is that these germs can even stay on that bar soap for hours.

Shake off the fright and keep it clean – a simple way to make sure a bar soap is safe is by simply rinsing it with running water before use.

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Keep Your Hands Clean

You may be defeating the purpose of washing your hands if the surface you are touching is dirty. It is not enough that you are washing your hands the proper way. Scientists from the National Sanitation Foundation discovered that most coliform bacteria are found in clothes, dish sponges, and sinks where you usually have your hands washed.

Identify these common mistakes and correct them –make sure you’re washing your hands the right way to keep you safe from harm.