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Hand-Washing Tips: Keeping Your Family Healthy With Clean Hands

Posted on March 20 2020

Boy in bathroom washing his hands

Hand-washing is important for everyone in the family — from the tiny tots to the oldest members. We never grow out of washing our hands!

Whether you’re teaching your kids how to wash their hands or just brushing up on it yourself, you’re in the right place. Good hand-washing is an important part of keeping unwanted germs and sickness away.

At Babo Botanicals, we’re all about healthy and safe solutions for your whole family. In this article, we’ll review why hand-washing is so important, go over tips for keeping your hands in tip-top shape, and also give you some ideas for how to make hand-washing a blast for your kids!

Why Hand-Washing Is Important

It’s no secret: our hands can be full of germs. Yuck! Where do we pick up those germs?

We’ll just go ahead and say it. Poop carries a lot of germs that can get on your hands after using the bathroom (or helping your little one go potty) or changing a diaper.

But the bathroom certainly isn’t the only place you can get germs! Germs are all over; they can be especially abundant on surfaces that a lot of people touch, like door handles and gym equipment.

If someone else is carrying germs on their hands and they touch a surface that you touch later, those germs will hitch a ride on your hands.

The problem with this is that you use your hands and fingers all the time — to prepare food, dip chips, care for your kids, apply your makeup, wash your face, and…well, the list could go on and on!

hands of family rolling dough together

What’s more, germs can make you sick when they enter your body through your eyes, nose, and mouth. Sicknesses like the flu, a common cold, or the stomach bug can all be transmitted this way.

Washing your hands the right way can help keep those pesky germs off of your skin and out of your body! This is good for you and your family — it means you’re less likely to get sick — and it makes you a good neighbor because you’re less likely to pass germs to the next person.

How To Keep Your Hands Clean

Little girl showing off her hand washing

If you just give your hands a quick rinse when you remember, you’re due for a refresher course on clean hands. We’re here for it!

Wipe Your Hands Off

Germs won’t necessarily come off with just a wipe, which is why hand-washing is such a necessity. But, sometimes, you and your kids have a sticky, muddy mess that needs attention ASAP!

That’s where wipes come in. If you don’t have access to a sink to suds up and wash your hands, use Babo Botanicals’s 3-in-1 Hydrating Face, Hands & Body Wipes to clean off the dirt and grime in the meantime.

Then remember to give your hands (and your kids’ hands) a proper, thorough wash as soon as you can!

Babo Botanicals’s on the go hand washing wipes

For clean hands while you’re on-the-go, keep a travel-sized pack of wipes in your purse or the diaper bag.

Wash Your Hands Correctly

Good hand-washing is the first line of defense against germs and sickness! You should wash your and your kids’ hands frequently — and especially after (or before) certain activities.

Here are a few examples of when your family should wash hands:

  • Before eating
  • Before cooking or preparing food
  • After using the bathroom
  • After changing a diaper
  • After wiping your child’s bottom
  • After your kids get home from school
  • After playing outside
  • After touching animals

Five Hand-Washing Steps

There are five important steps to washing your hands thoroughly and correctly. Let’s take a look.

1) Wet Your Hands

Get your hands wet, and then make sure to turn off the faucet. Here at Babo Botanicals, we believe in keeping the earth in mind when it comes to how we use resources!

upclose of hand washing

2) Lather Up

Put soap on your hands and rub-a-dub-dub! Rub your hands together for at least 20 seconds — that’s the “Happy Birthday” song twice through, in case you need a little help keeping track of time.

Be sure to lather up between your fingers, on the back of your hands and fingers, and under and around your fingernails. No germ left behind!

3) Rinse Your Hands

Turn the faucet back on and rinse all the soap off. Bye-bye, germs!

4) Dry Your Hands

After washing your hands thoroughly, dry them off with a clean towel or air dryer. If you can, use the towel to turn the faucet off so you don’t accidentally pick up more germs by touching the handle!

drying hands after hand washing

5) Apply Lotion

Applying lotion isn’t necessary to keep your hands clean. But since washing your hands can dry them out, it helps you avoid dry, chapped skin and keep your hands soft and moisturized.

After washing your hands (or a couple of times during the day) apply a nourishing moisturizer. But don’t go with just any lotion!

Choose one that’s free of parabens, sulfates, synthetic fragrances, and other ingredients that can irritate your skin or harm your body. Opt for a moisturizer like Babo Botanicals’s Miracle Moisturizing Cream.

This rich cream contains the perfect blend of active botanicals to help protect delicate skin and is perfect as a moisturizer for adults with sensitive skin.

Miracle Moisturizing Cream for after hand washing

Just like all the other hand-washing steps, this one applies to your kids as well! Keep their skin hydrated from their head to their toes with Babo Botanicals’s Moisturizing Baby Lotion.

Containing 2% NON GMO Colloidal Oatmeal, this nourishing lotion is perfect for both babies and children.

How To Make Hand-Washing Fun For Kids

As an adult, you know the importance of hand-washing and have the discipline to do it. Kids, on the other hand… Well, let’s just say they might need a little extra motivation to wash their hands as much as they should!

We’ve got several ideas to help you make hand-washing fun and interesting for your little ones!

father and daughter hand washing together

1) Create A Chart

Kids love visuals. Consider creating a hand-washing chart to help your children get in the habit of washing hands after school and before dinner, for example.

Plus, charts are fun because your kids will have the satisfaction of putting a sticker down or drawing a checkmark when they’ve washed their hands.

If your child is too old for charts, have them create and draw their own poster informing everyone in the house about correct hand-washing techniques. Then let them display their work of art in the bathroom or kitchen!

2) Provide A Stool Or Faucet Extender

Your kids probably won’t be motivated to wash their hands as long as they should if they have to balance on their tiptoes just to reach the faucet.

Provide them with a fun stool and a faucet extender so they can reach easily.

young girl excited about hand washing

3) Buy Fun Soap

Letting your kids wash their hands with a colorful soap — even better, a colorful soap in a fun bottle — might be all it takes to get them motivated!

When shopping for kids soap, shampoo, and the like, don’t forget to make sure the products you choose are healthy and safe!

For example, Babo Botanicals’s 3-in-1 Calming Shampoo, Bubble Bath & Wash is EWG Verified™ and packed with soothing organic ingredients to gently cleanse and moisturize your little one’s hair, scalp, and skin.

Plus, a wash like this isn’t only for the bathtub. Use it for hand-washing, too. Now that’s what we call efficient!

Calming Shampoo, Bubble Bath & Wash

4) Experiment With Glitter

When you teach your children how to correctly wash their hands, it can be helpful to give them a visual of what germs are like.

Sprinkle glitter on their hands before they wash up. Explain that germs are invisible but they’re kind of like glitter — we have to wash our hands with soap and water to get it all off.

5) Teach Them A Song

You might count to 20 while you wash your hands, but singing “Happy Birthday” is probably more fun for your kids than counting. Make it even more enjoyable by picking one of their favorite songs, as long as it’s around 20 seconds long.

Or, if you’re feeling really creative, pick a tune and create your own hand-washing lyrics!

6) Dance It Out

Speaking of singing, if your little one is a mover and dancer, why not add some dance moves to go along with the song?

Once the song or dance becomes a habit, they’ll do it even when they’re washing their hands while traveling or out-and-about.

7) Use Fun Towels

Don’t give your kids just any old towel to dry their hands with! Keep things interesting by supplying them with towels featuring their favorite colors or cartoon characters.

Clean Hands, Healthy Family

mom and daughter washing hands together

Being a hand-washing family is an important step toward being a healthy family!

Opt for clean hands by stocking up on 3-in-1 Hydrating Face, Hands & Body Wipes and Calming Shampoo, Bubble Bath & Wash, putting the 5 hand-washing steps into practice, and teaching your kids to do the same. Germs will have nothing on you!

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