- The best way to prevent the spread of infections and decrease the risk of getting sick is by washing your hands with plain soap and water advises the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
- Washing hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds is essential, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after coughing, sneezing, or blowing one’s nose; after touching surfaces that could be contaminated
How to use hand sanitizer?
Two things to be aware of when using hand sanitizer
- You need to rub it into your skin until your hands are dry.
- If your hands are greasy or dirty, you should wash them first with soap and water.
With that in mind, here are some tips for using hand sanitizer effectively.
- Spray or apply the sanitizer to the palm of one hand.
- Thoroughly rub your hands together. Make sure you cover the entire surface of your hands and all your fingers.
- Continue rubbing for 30 to 60 seconds or until your hands are dry. It can take at least 60 seconds, and sometimes longer, for hand sanitizer to kill most germs.