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Hand Washing tips during cold and flu season

Hand Washing tips during cold and flu season

This post on hand washing tips during cold and flu season is part of a sponsored campaign with Softsoap® Antibacterial Hand Soap.

Did you know that there is a right way to your hands? That's right. There really is a proper way to wash your hands. I wasn't really aware of this until I had children. I am pretty much a fanatic when it comes to washing hands these days. I know that in this house, my hands are in everything. The same goes for the rest of my family. In a single day, I might handle: money, linens, food, drinks, the car and so much more.

You never know what could be on your hands so it is always a safe bet to wash your hands when in doubt. We also stress to our kids to wash your hands every time you use the bathroom, handle food, care for someone who is sick, blow your nose, cough, sneeze, or touch animals or garbage.

Hand Washing tips during cold and flu seasonHand washing tips from the CDC

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that handwashing is one of the best ways to protect yourself and your family from getting sick. Here are five steps that you should follow to wash your hands the right way each and every time.

Wet your hands.

With clean, running water (we suggest room temperature but hot or cold is fine) wet your hands. Turn off the tap and apply soap.

Lather your hands.

Lather your hands by rubbing them together with soap. Make certain to lather well between your fingers, under your nails and the backs of your hands.

Scrub your hands.

Scrub your hands for around 20 seconds. Need a timer? An easy rule of thumb is to hum the “Happy Birthday” song from beginning to end twice.

Rinse your hands well.

Rinse your hands well under clean, running water.

Dry your hands.

Dry your hands using a clean towel or air dry them.

Hand Washing tips during cold and flu seasonAbout Softsoap® Antibacterial Hand Soap

Softsoap® knows that you can help protect your family by ensuring that everyone washes their hands often. e have taught our kids how to wash their hands properly..

Softsoap®  Antibacterial Hand Soap’s unique formula, with moisturizers, leaves your skin feeling soft and protected. It is clinically proven to eliminate 99.9% of bacteria*

Important to note

Is Softsoap® Antibacterial Hand Soap effective? Softsoap contains Benzalkonium Chloride (BKC) in a formula that provides Antibacterial protection and is gentle on hands. The (BKC) formula leaves a barrier of protection on your skin that helps inhibit bacterial growth for hours after washing, providing long-lasting antibacterial protection.

The recent ban by the FDA did not affect Softsoap Antibacterial Hand Soap as it does not contain any of the restricted antibacterial ingredients. Softsoap antibacterial liquid soaps are safe and all of their ingredients meet strict safety standards.

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36 Comments Leave a Comment »

  1. I love using Soft Soap. This has been a staple in my home since I was a little girl! I love the scents and designs. 

  2. I wash my hands often but I find my skin gets dry when I do so. Soft Soap is one of the only brands that doesn’t do this to my skin.

  3. Catherine Sargent

    It is definalty cold and flu season around here. I have Softsoap in each bathroom and in the kitchen. I am trying to make sure that we all wash our hands extra.

  4. Staying on top of hand washing is so important, especially during the winter. I need to share that Happy Birthday song timer trick with my kids ASAP!

  5. Pam

    My son in law works at a hospital and a school, so he is very adamant about hand washing. It’s crucial during this time of year.

  6. During cold and flu season you can’t be too careful about spreading germs. I am a huge fan of Softsoap as it is also recommended by hospitals and drs. 

  7. It’s definitely time to be thorough when washing your hands! We love using antibacterial Softsoap too! It really does the trick.

  8. Our Family World

    What a brilliant tips! I always have a hand soap I think I should try this one!

  9. Softsoap is my favorite brand soap and its at every sink in the house. I love using the “Happy Birthday” song as a reference when washing my hands, and it helps make sure my kids are washing their hands long enough because they like to sing that song all he time.

  10. I’ve used SoftSoap since I was little. I don’t ever buy anything else!

  11. Brianne

    Soft-soap is our favorite in our home. I just love all of the scents! 

  12. This is such a timely article.
    I am also a big fan of using hand sanitizer solution.

  13. ellen beck

    I am constantly washing hands right now. I use the wipes at the grocery store on carts and everything else. I dont think some realize just how dangerous colds are to some. I hate seeing people sick and visiting babies or the elderly not knowing just how bad they cold get ill.

  14. I think this is such a good post for this time of year! Especially when you have kids!

  15. we use this brand. i love it. it smells so good and fresh. i keep it in both my bathroom and kitchen and my mom in her kitchen

  16. Nothing ruins the holidays like coming down with a bug, as a former restaurant worker, hand washing is deeply ingrained in me.

  17. Ann Bacciaglia

    I hate this time of the year when everyone is sick. I keep Softsoap at all my sinks. It never dries my hands out.

  18. My teen guide

    What an awesome and smart tips. This can be helpful to my kids too.

  19. Great tips! I consider myself an OC when it comes to washing my hands. And I think I greatly influenced my son in that aspect.

  20. Looks like  a great product to keep hands clean. I always remind my kids to wash their hands often

  21. Soft Soap is a great way to prevent your hands from getting overly dry with frequent hand washings 🙂

  22. I really wish cold and flu season was unavoidable, but around here it is upon us. I’m really lucky my son has a great immune system and rarely picks up on sickness at school.

  23. We use that! I buy the big refill bottles and refill the little bottles. Always a good idea this time of year.

  24. Wendy Polisi

    It’s really nice to know about this info, cold and flu are the worst.

  25. My family just went through a horrible cold and flu season. I don’t think I’ve ever washed my hands so much in my life! I was loving my Soft Soap for not drying out my skin with all the frequent washings.

  26. I have always been kinda obsessive about handwashing and I love using these products. I really need to start applying lotion obsessively because of the dry air my hands are so cracked.

  27. I actually did a report in college about hand washing. The place people miss the most (germs stay) is in between the fingers and the tips of the fingers – in the nail area…. make sure to get these frequently missed zones!!

  28. Kathy

    I love using Soft Soap. It’s one of the brands that I’ve been using for years. I love that they have a wide variety of scents as well.

  29. I am so glad that they didn’t ban Softsoap. It is my go to soap in our bathroom and kitchen. Hand washing is super important and it is a great way to decrease germs on your hands. I need to wash more often.

  30. I’m adamant about washing my hands, especially during the cold and flu season since I get sick so easily! I haven’t tried Softsoap before, but I’ve heard it’s really good.

  31. I make sure my school-age kids wash their hands often. Too many germs and I don’t want anyone to get sick!

  32. Emma Spellman

    I love Soft Soap! I have been using it for years and they all smell amazing and there bottles are always so cute.

  33. I keep stressing to my kids how important it is to wash their hands on a regular basis. I am trying to teach my daughter this as she just started school and needs to get into a proper routine.

  34. these are some great tips. my used to stay on top of us all the time about keeping our hands washed at all times.

  35. I love stocking up on Softsoap for the bathroom. Great tips on hand washing. I used to have to remind my son to wash his hand when he was younger! hehehe

  36. CourtneyLynne

    These are some awesome tips!!!! I just hate cold season. With my daughter In pre-k, the age of slobber…. omg!!! It’s nonstop germs this time of year 

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