Washing Hands
Sanjana Ragu

Sanjana Ragu

The Many Virtues of Washing Hands

Living in a world of restless addiction to social media constantly striving for more success and recognition, it’s easy to forget the connection between hand hygiene and health.

All day long, we touch our eyes, nose and mouth and each day, we have hundreds or thousands of opportunities to spread germs to others. Typing this in the afternoon, I’ve already lost track of the number of times my hands may have spread germs to another person. I high fived my colleague, held on to the same straphanger as someone else on the bus, shared a cup of tea with my friends, and shook hands with participants in a meeting. Not to mention, I touched the push button to flush in the washroom and the door handle while entering and exiting the washroom. I simply can’t remember everything I touched and neither can you, but we can remember to wash our hands after each incident.

 

Viruses, parasites and bacteria simply known as germs spread from our hands to everything we touch. By washing our hands, we can reduce the risk of making us sick with everyday contact particularly before and after the following events:

  • Before, during, and after preparing food
  • Before eating food
  • Before and after caring for someone who is sick
  • Before and after treating a cut or wound
  • After using the toilet
  • After changing diapers or cleaning up 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 pet food or pet treats
  • After touching garbage

Washing hands is a simple way to avoid infecting others and becomes particularly important when interacting with people with health conditions, older people or young children.

Losses due to lack of washing hands

While there are several authoritative reports about healthcare losses due to unwashed hands, I often read and meet tragic losses that take place every day because we ignore the two common diseases that handwashing is known to prevent – Pneumonia and Diarrhoea.

According to the 2018 annual Pneumonia and Diarrhoea Progress Report and UNICEF pneumonia and diarrhoea cause worldwide deaths of children under five. This means millions of children died before they can celebrate their fifth birthday. This information is not common knowledge – in this year’s letter from Bill and Melinda Gates, health leaders expressed initial surprise at learning how many children die from Pneumonia and Diarrhoea.

Washing hands with liquid soap can reduce 40% of diarrheal diseases, and 23% of respiratory infections like pneumonia. Washing hands with liquid soap is a cost-effective, essential tool for achieving good health and nutrition. Hundreds of thousands of lives can be saved with proper washing hands habits and access to the right liquid soap.

Determinants of Washing hands

Washing hands with soap simply isn’t happening enough. After contact with excreta, an estimated 19% of people wash their hands globally. Global household rates of washing hands range from 100% to less than 10%. Only 40% of our medical professionals spend time to really clean their hands.

First reason reason is the odd smell that lingers after washing hands with most brands of hand-washes available today and the second is the cost. This is two of many reasons that prompted us to formulate the get essentials handwash, which has a pleasant perfume derived from a perfect mixture of Neem and Tulsi plant.

 

Washing hands is the most important habit of our personal life and this is an immediate change that we need to bring into our lives, yet we refuse to pay heed. Primarily because cake soaps leave a residue on our skin, does not appeal to our olfactory senses, dries our hands making the skin itchy.

Your hand’s best friend – Get essentials Hand wash

Get essentials hand wash is made out of natural Ingredients that are commonly found in our backyard such as Neem and Tulsi. Neem is one of the miracle herbs, it has antibacterial, anti-parasitic, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, and analgesic properties and provides a natural glow to the skin. Tulsi is a detoxifying agent that purifies and cleanses skin, removes impurities leaving the skin fresh & well exfoliated.

Using Get essentials hand wash made out plant based extracts will have a protective effect and will halt the the spread of infection.

How to wash your hands with Get essentials Neem and Tulsi Handwash?

> Wet your hands with clean, running water (warm or cold), turn off the tap, and squeeze liquid on to your hands.

> Lather your hands by rubbing them together with the Neem and Tulsi liquid handwash. Be sure to lather the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails.

> Scrub your hands for at least 10 seconds.

> Rinse your hands well under clean, running water.

> Dry your hands using a clean towel or air dry them.

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