Top Handwashing Mistakes
If there’s one thing we can all do to limit the spread of germs—it’s washing our hands. Make sure you’re washing your hands effectively by avoiding some of these common mistakes.
We’ve heard plenty about the importance of clean hands lately, but what’s the best way to clean them? Should we use hand sanitizer or plain old soap and water? Does it depend on the situation?
According to the CDC, handwashing should be your first choice in the fight against germs, because a good, vigorous scrub with soap and clean, running water gets rid of all types of germs. If you can’t get to soap and water, then using a 60% alcohol-based sanitizer will inactivate many types of germs—but not all types.
Cleaning dirt and grime
Soap and water definitely win this round. Lathering up and washing away dirt, grease, chemicals and other yucky stuff works much better than simply smearing it around with sanitizer.
Home and away
At home, you should always opt for washing your hands, because you always have access to soap and water. When you’re out and about, though, hand sanitizer is an easy and convenient way to disinfect your hands when you don’t have soap and water handy. Just make sure you do it the right way, or it won’t be as effective.
How to properly use sanitizer
There are seven steps to properly washing your hands. Learn about proper handwashing to help stay protected from germs.