Hand washing—it sounds like a fairly straightforward part of the daily routine. Most of us wash our hands at least a few times a day, and most often following a trip to the bathroom. But why is it so important to wash our hands on a regular basis, especially after going potty?
Hand washing is important because it can remove germs that can make us either a little bit sick or very ill. The germs hand washing removes can lead to irritating conditions like the common cold or more sinister health problems, such as the flu, which can bring diarrhea, vomiting, and muscle pain. Overall, there are several important steps to keeping hands clean and bodies healthy…
1. Wet the Hands
The first step to completing a thorough hand washing that effectively removes potentially hazardous germs from the hands: wetting. This step begins the process of removing large amounts of dirt and germs that could pose a health risk to you or others.
Surprisingly, this is more complicated than you think. That’s because this step is really only effective if you use clean, running water. When it comes to killing germs, it really doesn’t matter if you use hot or cold water; however, using cool water is more environmentally friendly and is less likely to cause skin irritation.