We all know that washing hands is important.
We’ve been hearing that for years. But I wanted to share an article I read this week from The Daily News. You can read the full article here: The Daily News
This is why I enjoy handmaking natural soap. Sometimes we fail to realize that you need soap, water and 20 seconds. The single most important thing you can do to keep from getting sick and to stop the spread of disease-causing germs is to wash your hands — often. Hence, you need soaps that will not dry out your skin. All it takes is soap and water, 20 seconds of scrubbing hands and wrists, and then a good rinse.
Viruses that cause colds and the flu most often are transmitted on the hands. People commonly catch colds when they rub their nose or their eyes after their hands have been contaminated with the cold virus. By washing your hands frequently, you wash away germs that you may have picked up from other people or from contaminated surfaces.
Parents, Are You Leading By Example?
Parents can encourage their children by setting an example. Wash hands often in front of children to teach them that handwashing with soap and water is more than a chore — it’s an important way to prevent colds, sore throats and other infections. Also, because dirty hands often can carry germs, teaching children to keep their hands away from their eyes, nose and mouth also will help prevent illness. Make handwashing fun for kids by singing their ABC’s twice while they rub their hands together with soap and water. This way, you’ll be sure they washed for a good 20 seconds.
Gear Up For The Winter Months.
Hand washing takes on an especially important role during the winter months when infectious diseases such as the flu are in season. (If you haven’t already, consider getting a flu shot.) You also can protect your health during cold and flu season by getting plenty of sleep, exercising, eating nutritious foods and drinking plenty of fluids. Also, remember to cover your mouth when coughing or sneezing and avoid rubbing your eyes and nose. Stay away from crowds when possible, and don’t share food or drinks.