Handwashing - Correct Procedure

Wash Your Hands Correctly

I work in the medical industry; I spend a lot of time in the operating room and with physicians. Although, I am not a physician, I do understand and know that you should always wash your hands. However, I have seen people at work, at the airport, hotels and other venues that NEVER wash their hands after the go to the bathroom! This is only spreading germs to everything they touch! What has happen to our society that people do not wash their hands? At restaurants, how many have signs in the bathroom to remind employees to wash their hands, how sad is that? I believe that most people should have been raised to understand the importance of washing their hands or just good old fashion hygiene.

Follow the Procedures


I think it is up to us to change our children’s generation and teach them the proper way to wash their hands or better yet to take care of themselves. Below are the basic tips of washing hands, help me spread the word and teach your children, nieces, nephews and friends.

Washing your hands after;

  • You blow your nose
  • After you cough
  • Using the bathroom (you or your child)
  • Talking on the telephone
  • Played with you dog
  • Changed your babies diaper
  • Helped a sick relative or friend
  • If you don’t wash your hands frequently, then you can spread germs directly to other people or onto surfaces that others will touch.

Trust me; it is easy to spread germs, so here are a few tips on washing your hands thoroughly;

  • Use warm water
  • Use whatever soap (either antibacterial or regular, doesn’t matter)
  • Rub your hands together robustly
  • Don’t be afraid to lather up your hands, wrists, in between fingers and scrub your fingernails
  • Wash and scrub for 15-20 seconds at least
  • Use a clean towel to wipe off
  • I prefer not to use air dryers

When I leave the restroom, I use my towel and open the door, then throw the towel away. That is my preferred method instead of using my nice clean hands.

If you use a hand-sanitizer make sure it is alcohol-based, tips on using it correctly;

  • Pour into palm of hand (nickel size)
  • Rub over hands, wrist, nails and forearms
  • Rub until completely dry

I want to share a little bit of data on this too, in 2005 ASM (American Society for Microbiology) did a survey on hand washing, and here were the results of the study;

  • 91% of adults said they always wash after using the public restrooms
  • 83% said the wash their hands at home after using the restroom
  • 32% said they wash their hands after coughing or sneezing
  • 21% said they wash their hands after handling money
  • 42% said they wash their hands after petting an animal


So stop spreading germs and help prevent spreading infection and illness by washing and teaching your children the proper way of washing their hands. Tell your friends or share this article with your friends. Maybe (like me) you will post a sign in the bathrooms that remind others to wash their hands, like restaurants and other facilities. I hate to do it but we have to change our society and if we start this will decrease sick kids and many others things like higher cost of medicine and insurance. It’s a circle, I know but let’s try and starting changing it for the better of our children.


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mamahops 7 years ago

Agreed - washing your hands is so easy and quick, and it really does a lot in the prevention of spreading germs. thanks for reminding readers of the obvious - make it a habit of washing your hands!

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Lgali 7 years ago

very useful article in current times

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Choke Frantic 7 years ago from Newcastle, Australia

I wish I had found this hub back when I was doing an assessment task for biology. So, let me share some interesting results attained from the experiment performed for the assessment task - Alcohol based sanitisers are actually very ineffective, and door handles (such as to public toilets) are far, far dirtier than money. Shocking, isn't it?

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Ladybird33 7 years ago from Georgia USA Author

ChokeFrantic, see I do learn something new everyday, thanks for the tip and updated! Yes, the whole public bathrooms is shocking but I do see why it's true!

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Beth100 7 years ago from Canada

Excellent hub!!! Your hub sooo ties in with mine on cross-contamination that I've linked your page within my hub. I hope you don't mind! :)

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Ladybird33 7 years ago from Georgia USA Author

Beth, thank you for linking my hub to yours, I love that! I certainly appreciate you reading, commenting and linking!

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fastfreta 7 years ago from Southern California

Did I write this? Just kidding, I concur 100% with all that you said. And about the blowers in restrooms, they are blatant bacteria carriers. I might just add if there is no paper to dry your hands, don't go back in the toilet and get toilet paper, that's just as offensive, use hand sanitizer after you leave the restroom if you have to touch the door knob. I sometimes will use my clothes to open the door. Oops, I didn't mean to rewrite your hub, as you've done such a good job. Very, very good hub.

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Ladybird33 7 years ago from Georgia USA Author

Fastfreta, congrats on making the "featured hubs" today! Thank you for commenting, it's sad but happens, huh?

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Attention Getter 6 years ago

I've actually worked at a few hospitals and have seen doctors leave a bathroom without washing their hands - evident by the flush and leave...with no soapy residue in the sink - I am a stickler for hand washing, even in my own house after any activity that requires me using my hands and it's so darn easy people!

NP.QUEEN 6 years ago


Very useful hub.Write more and more...

Fanny 2 years ago

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Lynsey 2 years ago

You're on top of the game. Thanks for shngiar.

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