October 15, 2009

October 15th is Global Hand Washing Day

washing hands with a bar of soap Most of you must be knowing that today (October 15th) is Global Hand Washing Day. As for me, I am very particular about washing my hands. I normally use  Dettol handwash or Dettol antibacterial soap every now and then to clean my hands thoroughly. It's not really necessary to use an antibacterial soap, even an ordinary soap will do, as recent research has found that antibacterial soaps offer no more protection than good ol' fashioned soap and water.

But for those of you who do not think that washing hands isn't that important, read this:
Handwashing with soap is the most effective and inexpensive way to prevent diarrheal and acute respiratory infections, which take the lives of millions of children in developing countries every year. Turning handwashing with soap before eating and after using the toilet into an ingrained habit could save more lives than any single vaccine or medical intervention, cutting deaths from diarrhea by almost half and deaths from acute respiratory infections by one-quarter.
The promotion of handwashing with soap is also a key strategy for controlling the spread of the H1N1 virus – another major focus of the planned events in many countries on 15 October.
Here are some more resources that tell you why you should wash your hands too often:
The right way of cleaning your hands:
wash & dry hands
  1. Turn on water, preferably to a warm, comfortable temperature.
  2. Use approximately a dime sized squirt of liquid hand soap (or according to manufacturer's instructions).
  3. Lather and rub hands together for at least 20 seconds (Sing the "Happy Birthday" song twice).
  4. Be sure to wash well between fingers and under nails, although using a nail brush is not necessary.
  5. Rinse all soap off hands.
  6. Using two paper towels, dry hands completely.
  7. Turn off faucet with paper towels, then discard towels in garbage can. More...
Also check this interesting video clip from Hygiene matters:
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  1. Suman5:33 PM

    There are germs n all and one should wash the hands properly

  2. Vidya5:34 PM

    I do that too.Just remember, your body has an immune system and it can fight off most germs whether or not you use all that soap/sanitizer. Wash your hands after using the bathroom, before you eat, after taking out the garbage, after you touch something dirty is fine - but it's probably not necessary EVERY SINGLE TIME you touch someone else's keyboard, or run an errand.

  3. Anonymous5:36 PM

    Sanitizer is bad for you, but washing your hands that often is not. Its normal. my moms like that too. She has to wash her hands, because she doesn't like them being germy (shes not ocd or anything, but would you eat or touch your mouth after petting the dog?) I do the same thing but w/o the sanitizer. Its called health and hygiene

  4. Sonali5:41 PM

    One should wash hands after returning from toilets. One must be particular in washing hands before eating anything since the germs on the hands may easily go into the stomach with the eatable if the hands are not clean. Invariably we touch the eatable by our bare hands- unknowingly.
    Lately, important precautions for avoiding 'Swine flu' includes - washing hands to keep away the germs

  5. unknown5:43 PM

    Washing one's hand can be a mini sacrament.

  6. Jagesh5:48 PM

    When cooking I wash my hands at least ten times to avoid cross contamination and I'm not ocd. I wash my hands everytime I touch raw meat or after touching a door handle when I'm about to touch clean plates or food etc.

  7. yes ! we wrote about it as well. wash your hands with soap, kids: http://fashionableearth.org/blog/2009/10/15/global-handwashing-day/

  8. Anonymous10:45 AM

    To wash hands properly, rub all parts of the hands and wrists with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand rub. Wash hands for at least 15 seconds or more. Pay special attention to fingertips, between fingers, backs of hands and base of the thumbs.
    • Keep nails short
    • Wash wrists and forearms if they are likely to have
    • Remove watches, rings and bracelets been contaminated
    • Do not use artificial nails
    • Make sure that sleeves are rolled up and do not get
    • Avoid chipped nail varnish wet during washing

    1 Use 1 or 2 squirts of liquid or foam soap.
    2 Lather soap and scrub hands well, palm to palm.
    3 Scrub in between and around fingers.
    4 Scrub back of each hand with palm of other hand.
    5 Scrub fingertips of each hand in opposite palm.
    6 Scrub each thumb clasped in opposite hand.
    7 Scrub each wrist clasped in opposite hand.
    8 Rinse thoroughly under running water.
    9 Pat hands dry with paper towel.
    10 Turn off water using same paper towel.


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