Steps for washing hands:

  • Wet hands with clean and warm running water 
  • Apply a small amount of soap 
  • Rub your palms together, away from the water 
  • Rub your fingers and thumbs and the skin in between them
  • Scour your palms with your nails 
  • Rub the back of each hand 
  • Rinse with clean running water 
  • Dry with a clean towel or paper towel

With so much going on, it’s easy to forget about washing hands. So try to make it a routine that becomes a daily habit. Leave yourself a note, draw on your hand, set a reminder on your phone, or write out this list until you no longer have to tell yourself to clean your hands using the hand washing steps outlined above.

Hand hygiene on the go, of course, you can’t always get to soap and water when you’re out and about. But the lack of access to soap and running water should not deter you from having hygienic hands. You can use an alcohol-based hand sanitiser such as Dettol Hand Sanitiser which kills 99.9% of germs. Apply a coin-sized amount to your palm and massage it over both hands until the sanitiser has completely disappeared. This is especially useful before eating, and if you’ve been in busy places like shops, parks and on public transport. But remember, you should still wash your hands if they are visibly dirty.