Wash Your Hands the Right Way

A study conducted at the end of 2019, before the COVID-19 pandemic, shows that Americans are highly concerned about catching a virus. But, for instance, 67% of people admitted that they had skipped the soap and simply rinsed their hands with water after using a public restroom.


If you fail to wash your hands at the right times or in the right way, you will not be able to remove germs or fight viruses. And these days, it’s more important than ever to wash your hands the right way. So, here it is how the World Health Organization recommends properly doing hand washing:

  1. Wet your hands with clean water.
  2. Apply enough soap to cover all the hand surfaces. (Any soap will do the job. It is proven that antibacterial soap is not safer than the regular one.)
  3. Lather by rubbing your hands together.
  4. Check that soap reaches your palms, the backs of your hands, all your fingers, under your fingernails and your wrists.
  5. Continue rubbing the soap all over your hands for at least 20 seconds: sing “Happy Birthday” twice and you are done!
  6. Rinse your hands thoroughly, but do not use hot water.
  7. Dry your hands with a clean towel or paper towel.
  8. Use the paper towel to turn off the faucet.


When to wash your hands?

Keep this rule in mind: if you have touched something questionable, you should wash your hands. Here are the most important moments when you must wash your hands:

  • The moment you enter the house or the office, no matter where you come from.
  • After you blow your nose, cough or sneeze.
  • After using the bathroom.
  • Before brushing your teeth or cleaning your face.
  • Before and after eating or preparing your food.
  • Before or after caring for someone who’s sick.
  • After touching an animal.
  • After changing a diaper or taking out the garbage, etc.


Do not forget: keep your hands away from your face until you can clean them.

If there is no soap and water, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 70% alcohol. Rub your hands with sanitizer thoroughly, similar to hand washing. Do not touch anything before the gel dries completely!

Everyone at 1st Response Plumber wishes you to stay safe these days! Get in touch if your faucets are having any kinds of problems.