Nothing is perfect.  Life is messy.

Life with two boys is messy.  No joke right?  Well it just got exponentially messier, since we’ve started potty training Oli.  With potty training comes hand washing lessons.   We are hand wash crazy around here.  I’m not sure if I’m terrified of the germs or just getting sick.  And Matt has worked in kitchens and has the hand washing habit too.   It has helped with modeling hand washing to Oli.  He’s always witnessing us wash our hands.   Modeling good behavior always pays off!

Easy Handwashing Steps

Step 1. Turn the water on and let it get warm.
Step 2. Put your hands in the warm water.
Step 3. Add soap.
Step 4. Rub your hands and the soap together for 20 seconds.
Step 5. Rinse the soap off in the warm water.
Step 6. Dry with a clean towel.

I’m kind of obsessed with this educating mommy’s blog on singing this cute song while we wash our hands.

The song they  sing:
To the tune of The Mulberry Bush

This is the way we wash our hands, wash our hands, wash our hands. 
This is the way we wash our hands _____.

They fill in the blank with any and all of the listed below phrases, because kids should be washing their hands much more than they actually do!

After playing outside.
Before lunch time.
After we use the bathroom.
After we sneeze.
In the morning.
Before we make the food.

We do use hand sanitizer, but it’s really only when we are out and about.    But at home,  good old fashioned hand washing really cleans most of the germs from your hands.

Some Handwashing Facts from the CDC –
  • It is estimated that washing hands with soap and water could reduce diarrheal disease-associated deaths by up to 50% 1.
  • Researchers in London estimate that if everyone routinely washed their hands, a million deaths a year could be prevented 2.
  • A large percentage of foodborne disease outbreaks are spread by contaminated hands. Appropriate hand washing practices can reduce the risk of foodborne illness and other infections 3.
  • Handwashing can reduce the risk of respiratory infections by 16% 4.
  • The use of an alcohol gel hand sanitizer in the classroom provided an overall reduction in absenteeism due to infection by 19.8% among 16 elementary schools and 6,000 students 5.
Overall hygeine is pretty important as well, more scary CDC facts –
  • More than 50% of healthy persons have Staphylococcus aureus living in or on their nasal passages, throats, hair, or skin 6.
  • Within the first 15 minutes of bathing, the average person sheds 6 x 106 colony forming units (CFU) of Staphylococcus aureus 7.
  • The average individual swimmer contributes at least 0.14 grams of fecal material to the water, usually within the first 15 minutes of entering 8. Showering with soap before swimming helps stop the spread of germs by removing fecal material from the body.
  • Trachoma, the leading cause of preventable blindness worldwide, is related to the lack of facial hygiene 9.
  • Inadequate contact lens hygiene, such as failure to properly disinfect lenses, is associated with an increased risk of acquiring the eye infection Acanthamoeba keratitis 10.
  • The spread of pinworms can be reduced by proper hygiene, including clipping nails and showering children immediately after they wake in the morning 11.
  • Hundreds of thousands of persons in the U.K. (between 1.2% and 1.3% of the total population) acquire outer ear infections each year, due to contaminated water remaining in the ear after swimming or bathing 12.