We’re living in pretty tough times. We thought we’d help lift your spirits but letting you know how you can continue to properly wash your hands in a way that’s simple, effective, and also kind of fun. The coronavirus has been a very devastating and difficult reality for many of us. While some of us might be fortunate to be reading this from home because of the “work from home” policies being implemented throughout the country,” this, unfortunately, hasn’t been an option for everyone. Here’s how you can wash your hands the right way by also enjoying some of your favorite Latinx artists and reggaetoneros.
Step 1: Wet Your Hands With Clean Warm Running Water
The first step to properly wash your hands is to wet your hands with clean, warm running water. Why? Because your hands can become recontaminated if they are placed in a bin of standing water that could possibly be contaminated through previous use. Once your hands are wet, turn off the tap and apply soap. Selena is honestly the only person who makes me want to dance while washing my hands. So what better song to do that to than “Como La Flor.” On another note, who else thinks that Selena is the perfect person to spread vital information about how to stay safe? We certainly do!
Step 2: Lather Your Hands by Rubbing Them Together With Soap
Next, you should lather up your hands by rubbing them together with soap. Don’t forget about the back of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails. Why? Because lathering and scrubbing creates friction. This will help lift dirt, grease, and microbes from your skin. Speaking of lathering things up, just a few days ago, Bad Bunny posted a thirst trap of himself dancing in his red underwear. Maybe for the next video, he can throw in some soapy hands. In the meantime, we’ll listen to “Ignorates” off of his new album YHLQMDLG.
Step 3: Scrub Your Hands for at Least 20 Seconds
According to the Centers for Disease Control, if you wash your hands for approximately 20 seconds it should be sufficient enough to kill germs related to the coronavirus. Why? Studies have shown that this reduces the overall number of microbes on your skin. Need a timer? Sing the chorus to Becky G’s “Sin Pajama” from beginning to end twice. The CDC also recommends an additional 20-30 seconds for drying.
Step 4: Rinse Your Hands Well Under Clean, Running Water
When your 20 seconds are up, go ahead and rinse your hands with clean, running water. Why? Because after doing all of that scrubbing, the disease-causing germs need to be rinsed off of your hands. Rinsing soap off of your hands also minimizes skin irritation. The CDC recommends using a paper towel to turn off the faucet after your hands have been rinsed. What easier way to wrap this up than with Daddy Yankee’s “Gasolina.” The lyrics are easy to remember, just like this whole hand washing process.
Step 5: Dry Your Hands Using a Clean Towel or Air Dry Them
Last but not least, dry your hands. Why? Because germs can be transferred more easily to and from wet hands. Plus, if you touch someone with wet hands, they’ll freak. How are they supposed to know that you just washed your hands? Anyway, the CDC recommends using a clean towel or air-drying your hands. Avoid using those air drying machines in public restrooms. Those things actually spread germs. As we mentioned earlier, drying your hands for an additional 20-30 seconds is recommended. Try it out to “I Like It” by Cardi B. Because we too like clean hands like that.
How To Properly Use Hand Sanitizer
Now, hand sanitizer is a great option when you can’t use soap and water. But make sure your sanitizer contains at least 60% alcohol. It’s important to know that sanitizer does not get rid of all types of germs and it may not remove harmful chemicals from your skin. But again, if soap and water aren’t accessible to you, use sanitizer. Start by applying the gel to your palm and rub your hands together. Rub the gel all over your hands and fingers until your hands are dry. This should be about 20 seconds as well. The best song you can do this to is “Livin’ La Vida Loca” by Ricky Martin because you are indeed living la vida loca without soap and water.