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Some Important Dos And Don'ts Of Handwashing!

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Dr.Siva Kumar Reddy 87% (65ratings)
Mbbs, MD Pulmonology
Pulmonologist, Tirupathi  •  10years experience
Some Important Dos And Don'ts Of Handwashing!

Washing hands with soap and keeping hands germ free is an important aspect of our life to eliminate germs, viruses and other-disease-carrier microbes. There are global advocacy and propagation about the importance of hygiene and how germs and dirt spread easily by hands. Let us know more about the does and dont's of Handwashing.

Dos and Don’ts of Handwashing
There is a stringent process involved in the act of handwashing. We’ll look into the dos and don’ts of handwashing as follows:


  1. Always wash your hands before preparing or eating food using hands, cleaning or treating infected open wounds and before inserting or removing contact lenses from eyes.

  2. Hands should be washed after preparing food, using the toilet, handling animal faeces, touching or petting animals, treating wounds, handling garbage and coughing noses or sneezing.

  3. While washing hands with soap or liquid, lather it up with water and continuously rub palms, fingers and clean every corner of the hands in order to leave no microbes behind.

  4. While using sanitizer, squeeze a coin-sized amount on your hand and rub it all over the entire surface and fingers of your hands until they dry up.


  1. Never forget to wash hands before any meal. If you don’t, any germs that are likely to be on your hand will reach your stomach through the food you consume with your bare, unclean hands.

  2. Not making the kids wash hands can pose a problem too. Kids usually touch things often and without making them wash their hands frequently, they will be at a risk of facing diseases because of unclean and unhygienic hands.

  3. Washing hands with water is not effective and is not a viable option. Water does not ensure squeaky cleanliness.

  4. Cleaning hands properly with soap for the recommended time of 20 seconds should be the bare minimum to clean hands. After that, washing off the soapy lather properly with clean running water is equally important. Any remnants of the soapy feeling on the hands tend to make the hands look chapped and dry, not to mention it's unhygienic.

Therefore, maintaining the above points, it should be noted that having the habit of washing hands often can prevent a variety of germs transmitting and entering our bodies.

In case you have a concern or query you can always consult a specialist & get answers to your questions!
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