Germ-Free Hands

Posted in Health and Fitness by Sarah on October 16, 2009

It is officially “flu season” so I thought I’d share a few tidbits of ae4f3bff310eee49_Hands.xlargeknowledge I’ve picked up about one of the best ways to prevent infection and protecting yourself from germies:  washing those hands!

In a recent study conducted by Joint Bank Group/Fund Health Services Department, scientists found there is no difference in bacteria levels on people who washed their hands in hot water versus those who washed in cold.  Really!  Nope, you don’t need to scald yourself to get those germs to scram.

The scientists recommended tepid water for hand washing because it’s gentler on the skin and it’s better for the environment.  This is an adjustment for me!

imagesWhat is most important, the experts say, is that you do these two things:

1) use soap (it doesn’t matter if it is anti-bacterial) and

2) scrub for at least 30 seconds.

It is the soap and the scrubbing combined that is the key to ridding yourself of germs.  Also, 30 seconds seems to be the magic number, according to the Mayo Clinic.  I like to sing the alphabet in my head (though it would be funny to do outloud, particularly at the office) as a way to make sure I get in the full recommended thirty.

Happy scrubbing, and stay healthy, folks!


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  1. Andrea said, on October 30, 2009 at 11:07 am

    This is true. My friend Hazleena was in the hospital a few years ago and had to be quarantined b/c of low white blood cell count. She couldn’t be exposed to any germs. The nurses told her that it is indeed the rubbing of the hands that gets rid of the germs.

    So if you find yourself using a bathroom that has no soap, just rub your hands together under the running water for about (what Sarah said) 30 seconds.

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