Keeping your hands clean is probably one of the most important things you can do to help prevent the spread of disease, according to the World Health Organisation’s SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands Day campaign, which takes place this year on May 5th. Your hands don’t have to look dirty to be harbouring germs – in fact, it’s been estimated that each of us has around 1,500 bacteria living on each square centimetre of our skin. Some of these can be beneficial, but the majority can cause the spread of infection and illness, such as the flu virus or norovirus. Here are four scenarios after which hands will need a thorough clean:
Using the toilet
You may think that this is obvious, but a recent survey found that 33% of people don’t bother to wash their hands after a trip to the bathroom. This is in spite of the fact that human faeces carries pathogens like Shigella, Streptococcus, Hepatitis A and E and E.coli. Even if your own hand hygiene is meticulous, you can’t guarantee that the same can be said for the person who flushed the chain or touched the tap before you.
Cuddling the cat
Stroking the family dog or cat may help to lower your blood pressure, but could lead to other health issues. Ringworm, toxocariasis and toxoplasmosis are all diseases which can pass from animals to humans without adequate hygiene, and the latter can cause brain damage or vision impairment in unborn babies. Cat litter trays, rabbit hutches and fish tanks also need careful hand washing after they’ve been cleaned out to stop the transfer of germs.
The kitchen is the heart of the home, but it can also be a hotbed of germs, so good kitchen hygiene is essential for keeping healthy. Ensure that surfaces have been thoroughly sanitised, and always wash your hands before preparing food. Be particularly careful if you’ve been handling raw meat; remember to turn on the tap with your elbow, as otherwise when you turn the tap off after hand washing you’ll transfer all the nasties straight back onto your hands!
You may not think you’re at risk of catching Legionnaires’ disease while you’re pricking out your seedlings, but a recent study has shown that potting compost and soil can contain a strain which causes chronic lung disease. Bacteria in animal manure can lead to sepsis, where the bacteria enters the bloodstream, and can turn fatal very quickly. Careful hand washing will keep gardeners in peak form for summer planting and nurturing.
Keep your hands germ-free with NatraSan
NatraSan Antiseptic Spray contains pure Hypochlorous Acid, which is the highly effective natural antiseptic produced by the human body to kill germs and bacteria. It will kill 99.9999% of harmful bacteria and viruses in seconds, so keep some handy in the kitchen and garden shed to ensure your hands are thoroughly clean and germ-free. You can spray it on bathroom surfaces to help keep disease at bay, and as it’s completely safe to use around food, it’s ideal for the kitchen too. To buy NatraSan, visit our online shop or call us on 0800 707 6883 to place an order.