In light of the on going recent events I thought I would share some valuable information you may find interesting regarding keeping those germs at bay!
There are 5 steps to effective hand washing which are -
1.Wet your hands with clean, running water (warm or cold), turn off the tap, and apply soap.
2.Lather your hands by rubbing them together with the soap. Lather the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails.
3.Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds.
4.Rinse your hands well under clean, running water.
5.Dry your hands using a clean towel or air dry them.
Soap is very effective for removing germs,grease,dirt,bacteria and microbes from the skin. It is important to remember that antibacterial hand gels are not as effective in removing all germs,viruses,chemicals and may also not be as effective if the hands are dirty or greasy.
Soap does also not need to be listed as 'antibacterial' either to be effective, as any type of soap will remove bacteria. Studies have shown that soaps containing antibacterial ingredients were no more effective than plain soap.
Soap and friction help lift dirt, grease, and microbes from skin so they can then be rinsed off of hands with water. There is also less drying and irritation as the product is washed away and no left on the skin to dry out.
There are 2 handy links below which give more detailed information regarding the science behind hand washing with soap and why it is highly recommended (especially in the current situation).