Dirt. Cooties. Germs. Grime. Bacteria.
That’s just the short list of what’s going on down there on your nasty looking hands after you finish using that truck-stop restroom.
I know what you’re thinking:
- A little Purell will make everything all better, right?
Better think again, my friend.
If you are like a lot of Americans, where washing your hands after you touch something nasty isn’t high on your priority list, then you better not read the rest of this article.
What I have to tell you might make your head explode.
(If you’re still with me, go ahead and put on your protective goggles now.)
The average American’s body is made up of about 50 trillion human cells.
That’s a pretty big number!
Well, it seems as such until you are informed that the total number of living cells that share space on that average American ends up being nearly ten times larger.
Yes, you heard me right.
We are not alone.
Your human cells are outnumbered 10-1 by all types of microbes like bacteria, protozoa and fungi.
Heck, just in your gut alone there are nearly 1,000 different species of bacteria hanging out.
So does that mean it’s time to start bathing in Listerine?
Not necessarily, amigo.
So, you’re covered with all these germs, inside and out and most of them are your allies, thank goodness!
But what do you do about those nasty cooties that hitched a ride on your hands during your workout at the local gym?
Follow these directions to make sure to fend off the bad guys:
- Wet your hands with clean, running water (warm or cold), turn off the tap, and apply soap.
- Lather your hands by rubbing them together with the soap. Be sure to lather the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails.
- Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds. Need a timer? Hum the “Happy Birthday” song from beginning to end twice.
- Rinse your hands well under clean, running water.
- Dry your hands using a clean towel or air dry them.
- Remember to use a paper towel when turning off the water faucet so as to not re-contaminate your freshly cleaned hands!
Proper hand washing is one of the most potent ways of reducing the spread of various illnesses, not to mention your friends won’t give you a hard time about all that nasty gunk under your nails.
It’s flu season so how about this year, for once, you don’t get yourself and everyone around you sick?!?
Making sure you lave your manos (wash your hands that is) will definitely help!