The Truth About Hand Hygiene

“Don’t forget to wash your hands!”

We read and hear those words constantly, especially lately, but I have a quick question – when did people stop washing their hands?

I have to be honest, y’all – I’m a bit grossed out that this common practice fell to the wayside and contributes to the spread of COVID-19.

Actually, I’m a lot grossed out, and I have a feeling many of my readers are pretty grossed out, too.

The moment we finish going to the bathroom, we go right back to touching things. Whether we hug our kids, prepare a snack in the kitchen, pick up our phone, grab the TV remote control, eat a piece of fruit, or whatever the case may be, we touch.

Knowing that touch is a sense everyone taps into (no pun intended), we need to ensure clean hands. This is a non-negotiable, especially as we try to do our part to limit the spread of COVID and other bugs amid cold and flu season.

Some might think I’m exaggerating about the rapid spread of germs from our hands to other surfaces. So, I wanted to share a few facts about handwashing, facts that will certainly make you think twice about chucking the deuces at frequently washing your hands (thank you, Tri-County Health Care, for this information!)

  • There are between two and ten million bacteria on your fingertips and elbows.

  • Germs can survive on your hands for up to three hours.

  • Nearly 80% of illness-causing germs are spread by your hands.

  • Your remote control is a top carrier of bacteria.

  • There are more germs on your phone, keyboard, and cutting board than on a toilet seat.

  • One germ can multiply into more than 8,000,000 germs in one day.

The great news is, washing your hands is one of the best defenses against infections and spreading germs! Quickly running your hands under water won’t cut it, either. Check out these directions about how to properly wash your hands (hey, we could all use a reminder, right?)

  1. Get your hands wet, turn off the water, and apply soap.

  2. Rub your hands together to lather up the soap. Clean every surface from between your fingers and under your nails to your palms and back of your hands.

  3. Scrub for at least 20 seconds. If you need a way to time it, sing or hum “Happy Birthday” twice through.

  4. Turn the water back on and rinse well.

  5. Dry your hands with a clean towel and use the towel to turn off the water.

Note: If you don’t have access to soap and water, you can use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol (as long as your hands are not visibly soiled or dirty).

Aim to use an antibacterial soap with natural ingredients, as your skin is constantly absorbing everything you put on it. It’s vital to nurture your body’s largest organ with skin-loving ingredients, sans animal products/by-products.

So, let’s do our part to reduce the spread of germs and create a safer environment for our loved ones and strangers alike. And for all-natural, antibacterial solutions, please enjoy Honeydipped’s selection of organic skincare and cleaning products.