What Is Hand Hygiene?

We can pretty much assume that the year 2020 was record-breaking when it comes to hand washing. As most of us emerge out of a year in lockdown, we cringe at the thought of how little we washed our hands before. 

Today, we live in a completely new normal, one where “hand hygiene” is pretty high up on our priority list. From the gas station pump to every single doorknob in our home, everything we touch brings the worry of viruses, germs, and bacteria. 

Hand hygiene is a relatively new term in our vocabulary, so let’s get to know it a little better. 

Hand Hygiene 101

We have heard over and over and over again to wash our hands, but let’s break down the why.

Hand hygiene is the act of cleaning your hands to reduce the potential of pathogens (harmful microorganisms) on your hand. If you consider yourself to have good hand hygiene, you are reducing the spread of infection and your chances of getting sick. 

Why Does Hand Hygiene Matter?

Hand hygiene is one of the most important steps we can take to avoid spreading germs. So here are some hand hygiene facts

Think about all the items you physically touch with your hands. If you think about it too much, it might stress you out a bit. From the grocery store to a public bathroom to your cellphone, it’s kind of impossible not to pick up some germs along the way. 

When your hands are dirty there are many possibilities to get sick. Subconsciously we all touch our eyes, mouth, and noses – all places where germs can make their way into our body. It doesn’t stop there, our dirty hands can also spread germs onto objects or food. Dun, Dun, Dun.

But there is a solution! Washing and sanitizing your hands can remove all the nasties that cling to you throughout the day, preventing the spread. 

Hand Washing Facts

So, why is hand washing key? Soap and water work together to remove all types of germs from hands. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, when you lather up, soap and water form pockets (known as micelles) trap and remove harmful germs, chemicals, and dirt from your hands. 

Lathering up for 20 seconds is super important because it physically destroys germ and removes them from your skin. When you rinse say goodbye to all the germs going down the drain.

If you didn’t already, now you know just how important scrubbing those paws are! With tons of handwashing can come the problem of dry, cracked hands (ouch!) We brainstormed how to make hand soap effective yet gentle, creating a formula to wash away impurities—not moisture. 

Our hand soap does everything a hand soap should it washes away dirt, grease, and impurities using a mineral-based surfactant. What makes it special is the coconut-based conditioning agents that leave the skin baby soft and smooth. 

how to wash your hands

Now, we are ready to get wet:

  1. Wet your hands with warm water
  2. Apply a dime-sized amount of Hand Soap to hands
  3. Lather your hands by rubbing them together with the soap. Lather the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails
  4. Wash hands for at least 20 seconds.
  5. Rinse
  6. Dry with a single-use towel or freshly washed towel
  7. Wait for people to compliment how amazing you smell

We can all get pretty dirty throughout the day.  If it feels nasty, it probably is nasty. Make sure to wash your hands when you are handling food, after using the bathroom, and taking out the trash. 

Hand Sanitizer Facts

For those who live life on the go, hand sanitizer is the best way to stay safe while doing so. Hand sanitizer acts by killing certain germs on the skin. Although alcohol-based hand sanitizers can quickly reduce the number of germs in many situations, they shouldn’t be used for every situation.

Hand sanitizer can be used when out and about, but once you get home opt for washing your hands instead.

The smell of some hand sanitizer reminds us of the unfinished cocktails your happy hour crew forgot to clean up until the morning after. Plus, most hand sanitizers suck all the moisture out of your skin. Listen, we shouldn’t be faced with the ultimatum of being unsafe or using harsh chemicals– so we decided to do something about it...

Our hand sanitizing gel won’t dry out your hand’s thanks to a blend of plant-based conditioners. And get this: it actually works. Formulated to meet FDA and CDC recommendations, our alcohol-based sanitizer contains 63% naturally-derived ethyl alcohol from corn and is 99.9% effective in killing bacteria when used properly.

Use Hand Sanitizer Like a Pro:

We’ve all lightly dabbed our hands with a bit of hand sanitizer and called it day. Sorry to tell you this but there is a little more to it than that. Make sure you pump enough gel on palms to cover hands and rub together until dry (about 20 seconds). 

No need to wipe off or rinse just let naturally uplifting scents carry you throughout your day.

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Hand Hygiene Covered

Don’t be afraid to get a little dirty, we are here for the clean-up! Pamper your hands with our Clean Hands Kit. From washing to sanitizing to moisturizing, our products hydrate and clean hardworking hands. Have you ever thought of hand modeling?