By now, many of us have heard several times that washing hands with soap and water is an effective way to get rid of germs, including those that cause foodborne illness. We are advised to wash our hands often, especially before and after handling food. This advice is easy to follow when we have access to clean, running water. But how do you wash your hands if you find that clean, running water is out of reach?
Fortunately, good hand hygiene can be practiced in settings without clean, running water. Here are three tips for ensuring that your hands stay clean if water is not accessible:
Recent USDA studies have found that people wash their hands incorrectly up to 99 percent of the time. If you do have access to clean running water and soap, remember these simple steps to wash your hands effectively:
Whether using soap and water, disposable wipes or hand sanitizer, the good news is that it is possible to practice good hand hygiene in all situations to keep uninvited germs at bay.
If you do not have soap and water on hand, use moist towelettes or hand sanitizer. Use alcohol-based sanitizer – CDC recommends using hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent alcohol. You can tell if your sanitizer contains at least 60 percent alcohol by looking at the product label.