101 on the need for Handwashing


Monkey boy handwashing

Monkey boy washing his hands with soap

Are your kids into washing their hands before meals?  If they aren’t this is something that you should be emphasizing that they do diligently. Washing your hands is a simple action which can help prevent your child from falling sick.

Many kids scoff when reminded about washing their hands with soap before meals or after a play session at the playground. However if they are taught about why it is so important to get their hands properly clean they will not be so resistant to hand washing.

Hand washing is the first line of defense against germs  and bacterial . It aids in the prevention of  HMFD, typhoid, cholera, gastro-enteric infections, influenza and pneumonia. (Quoted from HPB website)

When to wash hands

Some important moments for hand washing include:

Before and after

  • Handling or preparing food
  • Meals
  • Caring for someone who is sick
  • Eating or feeding a child
  • Treating a cut
  • Giving medicine


  • Using the washroom
  • Wiping or blowing ones nose
  • Coughing or sneezing
  • Changing diapers
  • Touching common surfaces such as lift buttons, door knobs, handles, table tops
  • Touching rubbish or something dirty
  • Playing with or touching pets



How should you wash your hands?

Step 1- Wet your hands with running water.

Step 2- Apply liquid or bar soap  and lather well.

Step 3- Rub your hands vigorously  with lifebouy soap for at least 10 seconds to kill all the bacteria. Remember to scrub all surfaces, including the backs of your hands, wrists, between your fingers and under your fingernails.

Step 4-  Rinse Well

Step 5- Dry you hands with a clean or disposable towel.

Lifebuoy handwash kills 99.9% of germs in just 10 seconds. Yes it only needs 10s for you to have clean  hands.

To make hand washing a fun task for your kids here is a Hand washing song which your child can sing along too while washing his hands.

It’s simple isn’t it? I’m sure your kids will be able to carry out these steps without a hitch.


Join us this 15th of October  on Global Hand washing Day by Lifebuoy  when we take the pledge to help a child reach the age of 5.


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