5. You Can Spread Germs Via Objects
A person can also spread germs by touching objects with unclean hands. Unfortunately, germs can live on hard surfaces. The Cleveland Clinic reports that norovirus can live for weeks on a countertop, hand railing, or elevator button. Furthermore, handwashing is more effective than hand sanitizer at killing this virus. Additionally, even if you never touch your body while using the toilet, germs can be spread through the air during the toilet flushing process. This phenomenon, known as toilet plume, can spread particles of toilet water and germs into the air and onto nearby surfaces.
4. You Can Spread Germs to Yourself
Those around you aren’t the only ones at risk when you leave the bathroom with unclean hands. If you avoid washing your hands after using the restroom, you are in danger of infecting yourself with a bacterial or viral illness. When you leave germs on your hands and fingers, you risk transferring them to your eyes, nose, or mouth. Reach up to rub dust out of your eye, and you may come down with an eye infection. Wipe your mouth with a dirty hand, and you may deposit microscopic fecal germs onto your lips.
3. Proper Handwashing Technique
Using the proper handwashing technique isn’t complicated. First, wet your hands with running water. Then, apply soap and lather up your hands. Next, spend at least 20 seconds scrubbing your hands with the soapy lather. Be sure to scrub both the palms and the backs of your hands as well as between each finger. Singing the happy birthday song twice under your breath can help you determine when 20 seconds are up. Then, rinse the soap from your hands with running water before patting them dry with a clean towel.