Why You Should Wash Your Hands Only in Running Water


Washing my hands was one the the hygienic things my mother taught me while I was growing. Now many of us reading this article might already know why we should wash our hands, to prevent us from transferring germs we come in contact with into our bodies, but actually we can't just wash our hands in any kind of water, but running water alone. 

I am emphasizing on this because if you have eaten eba and soup once in your life, you will know that one or more people wash their hands in a bowl of water,  this water in the bowl has nowhere to go, the first washes off the dirt from his hand into the water, the second person washes his hands in the same water now filled with dirt from the first, and so this cycle goes on till all hands are washed and ready to do justice to the food. Isn't that just unhygienic?.

So I believe you understand that washing your hands in stagnant water (e.g a bowl of water) just means you are transferring germs around. 

So How Does It Change in Running Water 

If you remember years ago, during the Ebola outbreak, the importance of washing your hands, in running water was loudly voiced to every living being. 

Washing your hands in running water changes everything, as the germs and dirt flow downwards away from your hands and into the sink , ground or wherever the tap is situated rather than gathering (germs) in a bowl.

When Should You Wash Your Hands

I will like us to take this serious, because I remember a popular African saying that I hate so much 
Which says
Disease no dey kill black man (Disease does not kill a black man)
This form of hygiene should be practiced very well, especially to those adults who urinate and do not wash their hands
  • Before, during and after preparing food
  • Before eating food
  • After using the toilet 
  • Before and after caring for someone who is sick 
  • After discharging (changing) diapers or cleaning a child who has used the toilet. 
  • After blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing
  • After touching, an animal, animal feed or animal waste
  • After handling pets food 
  • After touching garbage 
Remember to wash your hands after picking your nose, a lot of us don't do this, even ladies who are supposed to be more hygienic fail at this.

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Stay Healthy, Stay Wise.

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1 comment:

  1. Disease no dey kill black man WONDERFUL!!!
    My body and my soul agree with you on this!!