How to wash your hands properly?


It is important not only to wash your hands, but also to follow the correct technique. Wetting your hands and rubbing soap in them is certainly not enough. WHO has prepared specific guidelines for hand washing to ensure maximum hygiene.

This hand washing instruction is as follows:

  • Take the liquid in your hands and put them together as in prayer.
  • Rub your palms together inside and back.
  • Place one hand on top of the other, braid your fingers and rub the spaces between your fingers. Repeat on the other side.
  • With the palms of your right hand, grasp the bent fingers of your left hand, clinging to each other, and rotate your palms in opposite directions.
  • Wash your thumbs by taking each hand and rotating it around your finger in a circular motion.
  • Bend one hand in a free fist and rub the inside of the other hand with it, then change hands and do the same with the other.
  • If you are done, it will take about 40 seconds to wash your hands.

What else is worth knowing about this activity?

From a hygienic point of view, liquid soap is better because the germs remain on the ankle and are transferred to other people who use it. If in a public toilet we have to choose paper towels and dryers, choose towels – warm hand dryers, which promote the development of bacterial microflora. While women are believed to be more hygienic, their hands are freer from germs. This is because their skin is less acidic, which is preferable to bacteria. Office workers need to be especially careful about hygiene – it is estimated that there are 400 times more bacteria on the computer keyboard or mouse than on the toilet seat.