Why is it important to wash your hands?
Our hands touch everything! And we can become unwell when germs picked up on our hands are transferred to our mouth, nose or eyes. These can be spread to other people too – but the cleansers (also called surfactants) in soap, handwash and bodywash help lift them away from the skin as you rub so they can be effectively removed and rinsed down the drain.
Which soap can I use?
It doesn’t matter which brand you use – you can wash with any soap. Ordinary soap and handwash are just as effective as antibacterial ones and both Beauty Bars and bodywash also work to effectively wash away bacteria*. No matter which you choose, be sure to wash often using the WHO hand hygiene guidelines.
How long should you wash your hands for?
We’ve all heard about singing happy birthday twice, or counting 20 elephants, whatever you're singing, just make sure you wash your hands using the proper technique, for at least 20 seconds with soap and water.
How often should you wash your hands?
We should be washing our hands regularly throughout the day. Especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing.
Together, if we all #WashToCare, we can turn the simple act of washing our hands into an act of kindness, compassion and care.