One of the easiest ways to avoid getting sick is frequent hand washing. With World Hygiene Day taking place earlier this month, this serves as a timely reminder to check your hand hygiene habits. Plus, as Australia makes its way into flu season, while suffering a fairly tumultuous COVID-19 vaccine roll out, maintaining good personal hygiene practices is all the more important. Read our blog for our top hand hygiene tips.
Wash Your Hands Properly
Proper hand washing habits go a long way in maintaining good hand hygiene. You’d be surprised to know how many of us aren’t washing our hands properly. Here’s a breakdown from Health Direct on how to wash your hands properly.
Warm, soapy water is the best option for washing your hands when they are visibly dirty. Follow these simple tips on good hand hygiene.
To wash your hands:
- Wet hands with running water (preferably warm).
- Apply soap or liquid soap – enough to cover all of your hands. Normal soap is just as good as antibacterial soap.
- Rub your hands together for at least 20 seconds.
- Make sure you cover all surfaces, including the backs of your hands and in between your fingers.
- Rinse hands, making sure you remove all soap, and turn off the tap using a towel or paper towel.
- Dry your hands thoroughly with a clean hand towel or paper towel if you are in a public toilet (air dryers are not as sanitary as you think).
As well as washing our hands properly, there are plenty other ways we can maximise our hand hygiene.
Commercial Grade Hand Wash
Using a commercial grade hand wash isn’t just economical. It’s highly effective for those wanting to ensure proper hand hygiene. When using a commercial grade hand wash, you can rest assured your soap is doing the job perfectly. You can choose from a wide range of commercial grade hand washes with Allets Online, including soap free for those with sensitive skin, and antibacterial hand washes.
Use Hand Sanitiser When On The Go
We don’t always have access to soap and water when we want to wash our hands. Getting off public transport, touching money or pushing a shopping cart are just a few examples of these times. That’s why hand sanitiser is such a great solution for on the go hand hygiene. Here’s how Health Direct recommends applying hand sanitiser:
To use hand sanitiser:
- Put about half a teaspoon of the product in the palm of your hand.
- Rub your hands together, covering all the surfaces of your hand, including between your fingers.
- Keep rubbing until your hands are dry (about 20 to 30 seconds).
It’s important to remember that hand sanitiser will not be effective when hands have visible dirt on them.
Single-Use Hand Paper Towels
When it comes to our personal hygiene and avoiding illness, an important measure we can take is using single-use paper towels to dry our hands. By using a single-use paper towel, any leftover germs transferred to the towel after handwashing are discarded.
A great option is the Defendo range of paper towels. Specifically, Defendo Multi Purpose Kitchen Towels are a convenient option for drying hands after hand washing. These paper towels are 99% antibacterial, are highly absorbent and are dermatologically tested.
Disinfect Surface Areas
To avoid transferring germs to your hands, keep your surface areas clean and disinfected. This is especially pertinent for high contact surfaces such as kitchen benches, bathroom vanities and office desks. Allets Online stock a wide range of disinfectant products, from commercial grade to hospital grade.
Wear Disposable Gloves
Sometimes the best option is to avoid any contact with unhygienic substances. This is particularly important in hospitality and hospital settings. Wearing disposable gloves is recommended when handling raw meat, before changing dirty nappies or cleaning up blood and other bodily fluids.
For those who have latex sensitivities/allergies or require powder-free gloves, Stella Hybrid Disposable Gloves are a great alternative. Unlike PVC or latex gloves, these hybrid gloves are PVC free, latex-free, phthalate-free (which is found in some plastic products), carcinogen-free, corn starch allergen-free, and FDA approved for use for food applications.
Sneeze Or Cough Into Your Elbow
We probably all know this by now, but coughing or sneezing into your hand isn’t ideal. It’s an easy way to spread germs to any surface area your hands come into contact with. Instead, sneeze or cough into your elbow for improved personal hygiene.
Maintain Good Hand Hygiene With Allets Online
To avoid spreading germs and contracting illnesses, we need to wash our hands properly and maintain good hygiene practices. As we head into winter, it’s even more important that we stay on top of our hand hygiene. With Allets Online, keeping up good personal hygiene practices is made simple. We stock a wide range of cleaning products that can serve virtually any hygiene requirement. Be sure to get in touch with our friendly team if you have any questions about how our product range could help you.