Germs from unwashed hands can be transferred to other objects, like handrails, table tops, or toys, and then transferred to another person’s hands. Removing germs through handwashing therefore helps prevent diarrhea and respiratory infections and may even help prevent skin and eye infections. Hand washing with warm water and soap can greatly reduce the chances of spreading or getting germs. It loosens up the dirt and microbes on our hands and the soap picks them up and binds to them so that the water can wash them away.
Washing hands properly after using the toilet, changing nappies, handling animals and before and after handling food helps prevent the spread of various forms of germs and bacteria that can cause serious health problems.
Use soap and warm running water and wash hands for at least 10 seconds. Liquid soap is best.
Good personal hygiene: Good Personal hygiene is a routine of personal care that keeps you clean and healthy. It involves regular care of your hands including your nails. People will avoid you if they know that you don’t have good personal hygiene, that is why you must ensure that your hands are always clean.
Reduce risk of contacting infections: Regularly washing your hands helps prevent the spread of germs, bacteria and disease. you can get sick with colds and flus or more serious stuff like severe diarrhea if you have unclean hands.
Reduces risk of food poisoning: Food poisoning is illness caused by food contaminated with bacteria, viruses, parasites, or toxins. Even when cooking in the comfort of your home, you have to ensure that before touching food, your hands have been properly washed.
Prevent spread of germs: Germs are everywhere, especially among children that enjoy playing in the sand. That is why parents should always encourage their children to regularly wash their hands everyday.
Avoidance of common eye infections: Eye infections are commonly caused by the bacteria that get into the eyes from our hands. It would be great if you could refrain from touching your eyes with your bare hands. However, it usually happens involuntarily. By keeping your hands clean you stand a greater chance of avoiding hand to eye bacteria transfer. You should stay away from touching your face and if you can’t, you should never touch your eyes or face with unwashed hands and your handwashing needs to be thorough