This might seem obvious, but in the wake of the Coronavirus pandemic, it’s worth a refresher in proper technique. 🙂
Here’s the how-to from the Centers for Disease Control:
👏Wet your hands with clean, running water (warm or cold), turn off the tap (to save water!), and apply soap.
🧼Lather your hands by rubbing them together with the soap. Also be sure to lather the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails.
🦠Lathering well creates friction to help dislodge any stubborn microbes on your skin. Germs and microbes are found on all parts of your hand, especially under your hands.
💪BONUS POINTS for washing up to your elbows!
⏱Scrub your hands for at LEAST 20 seconds. According to the CDC, washing hands for 15-30 seconds removes more germs than washing for a shorter period of time.
🦎(Fun fact: This is the same amount of time it takes to hum the Karma Chameleon chorus. “Karma, karma, karma, karma, karma chameleon / You come and go, you come and go / Loving would be easy if your colors were like my dreams / Red, gold and green, red, gold and green.”)
💧Rinse your hands well under clean, running water.
👐Dry your hands using a clean, dry towel or air dry them. Avoid air blowers because they can spread more germs not only onto your clean hands, but into the air.