Once we are out of the house, we often start ignoring the lessons our parents taught us. This is particularly true for simple but annoying ones like washing our hands. Simple soaps, along with proper handwashing, are adequate to avoid cross- contamination. Be sure to lather the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails. If you're not using soap, your hand washing is doing nothing. So, as well as washing regularly, make sure to moisturise your hands as well.

It's important to wash your hands for around 20 seconds to get them truly, properly clean. Hand sanitizers are also good to clean your hands, but soap is still the best. Use alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol, and scrub your hands the same way you would with soap and water.

Some experts suggest using a paper towel to turn the water off, while others discourage it because it wastes paper towels. You need to ensure your hands are clean to prevent food poisoning or infections from harming other people. www.youtube.com Studies have found that hand washing is more effective than hand sanitisers at removing norovirus , Cryptosporidium (a parasite that can cause diarrhoea), and Clostridium difficile (bacteria which cause bowel problems and diarrhoea).

Rinsing your hands off after scrubbing them actually removes all of that gross stuff—including disease-causing germs like coronavirus, per the CDC. It is the soap combined with the scrubbing action that helps dislodge and remove germs. Statistics say that one of the people touching the items is sick and spreading germs.

If you are sick, it's also recommended that you wash your hands after covering your mouth as you cough or sneeze. Be sure to wipe really dry with a "clean" towel, and then apply a good hand lotion. A recent study showed that washing hands with tap water alone may reduce the amount of visible dirt on your hands but it does not reduce the number of germs on your skin.