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How to Remove Bacteria from Your Hands Naturally

Washing your hands is a healthy habit that can prevent a wide array of diseases. It's necessary to adopt this habit from an early age.
How to Remove Bacteria from Your Hands Naturally

Last update: 24 November, 2021

Did you know that bacteria on your hands are a big problem for your overall health? That’s right. This is because your hands are in contact with everything that’s both clean and dirty. That’s why it’s vital to learn how to wash them properly from an early age. In the following article, learn how to remove bacteria from your hands easily and naturally.

The importance of washing your hands frequently

Our hands are the most active parts of our bodies. They’re in constant contact with hundreds of objects, and thanks to them, we can clean, caress, work, cook, play, and so much more.

With every activity we do, our hands encounter millions of bacteria and viruses that can transmit different diseases. While some bacteria are harmless (don’t cause diesase), we need to be concerned about those that have the ability to make us sick.

The most effective way to eliminate bacteria is hand hygiene. We should adopt this healthy habit starting as children. If we haven’t incorporated it yet, it’s always a good time to start!

As the days go by, germs and bacteria accumulate on our hands. This in itself isn’t an issue. However, the problems appear when we touch our mouths, noses, eyes, etc. This is how viruses enter the body, as this information from the World Health Organization (WHO) points out.

Although we should wash our hands every time we feel dirty, it’s especially advisable to do so before preparing food, treating wounds, or handling contact lenses.

It’s also good to wash our hands after:

  • Preparing food with raw meat
  • Going to the bathroom
  • Changing diapers
  • Touching an animal (even a pet)
  • Taking out the garbage
  • Blowing your nose
  • Sneezing
  • Handling chemicals
  • Cleaning shoes
  • Riding public transportation and touching money

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The steps to wash your hands and remove bacteria

Lavarse las manos correctamente.

It may seem unnecessary, but most of us don’t know how to wash our hands properly to remove bacteria or viruses.

You mustn’t forget that good hand hygiene is the first step to prevent many contagious diseases, such as colds. The steps to wash your hands properly are:

Wet with a good amount of water

The water has to be warm, not hot or cold. This is because, in addition to eliminating bacteria, you will be able to reduce the irritation produced by some industrial soaps.

It’s best to turn off the tap after getting your hands wet to avoid wasting water unnecessarily.

Use soap

It’s not necessary that the soap is antibacterial, since all types of soap can function to remove germs. You can make homemade soaps, use unscented soaps, liquid soaps, gel soaps, or even foam soaps.

Work up a good lather

With the bar of soap or the product in your hands, rub your hands together, focusing on your fingertips and palms. Don’t forget to wash under your nails, wrists, and between your fingers.

This step should be done for 20 to 30 seconds so that the soap can do its job.

The last two steps to remove bacteria from your hands

Rinse well with a bit of water until the soap is completely removed. Then, dry your hands with a clean towel. This towel should be changed and washed regularly.

Soap recipes

If you want to eliminate bacteria naturally, are allergic to some components or perfumes of soaps, or you simply want to do some good for the environment, you can get to work and make homemade soaps.

Recipe one for homemade soap

What you need

  • A bar or stick of white soap that does not have perfume (neutral)
  • 30 drops of essential oil (the one you like best)
  • A cheese grater
  • A pot
  • A glass jar and a wooden spoon

Preparation

  • Using the grater, shred all the white soap and place it in the saucepan.
  • Melt over low heat and stir well with the wooden spoon to remove any lumps.
  • Add 30 drops of your favorite essential oil and stir well again.
  • If you want, you can choose between lavender, rosemary, lemon, tea tree, eucalyptus, or clove oils, which have antibacterial properties, as this study published in the journal Science points out.
  • Pour the mixture into a glass jar once it has cooled.
  • Finally, the mixture will solidify and take the shape of the container. To use it, simply remove a portion or let it solidify in a mold of your choosing.

Recipe number two for homemade soap to remove bacteria from your hands

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What you need

  • 70 ml ethyl alcohol
  • 20 ml witch hazel water
  • ¼ teaspoon of glycerin
  • Two different essential oils (any of those listed above will do)
  • A plastic or glass container with a lid, with a capacity of 100 ml

Preparation

  • Mix the ingredients (20 drops of each of the two chosen essential oils).
  • Shake well until a smooth mixture is formed.
  • Store in a fairly dark place.
  • When you’re going to use it, just shake it a little.
  • Put in a good amount and rub your hands with it for 30 minutes.
  • You can store this soap for a year.

Recipe number three for leftover homemade soap

If you use your leftover soap, you can make new soap and use every last ounce! Here’s how:

  • Whenever a bar is running low, place it in a container.
  • When you have several pieces, you can use them to make homemade soap.
  • If you want it to become liquid soap, for example, all you have to do is mix 120 grams of leftover soap with 1.5 liters of water.
  • Bring to a simmer until everything is melted and a smooth mixture has formed.
  • Let it sit for 12 to 24 hours, and it’s ready to use!

Whether you make it yourself or buy it in a store, soap is necessary. With these simple tips, you can avoid a host of illnesses. Put these tips into practice!

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