washing hands with running water and soap
The human body can be a good place for disease-causing germs and parasites to grow and multiply. Places like the skin and in and around the openings to the body. So having a good hygienic habit could likely reduce the rates of penetration of germs and parasites into the human body. Some of these personal hygienic practices or habits are:
- Washing your body; wash the body often if possible, everybody should have a shower or a bath every day. However, there may be times when this is not possible, for example, when people are out camping or there is a shortage of water. If this happens, a swim or a wash all over the body with a wet sponge or cloth will do. This is important because washing the body help keeps it free of disease-causing germs.
- Cleaning your teeth; it is important to clean the teeth at least once a day. Brushing the teeth after each meal is the best way of making sure that gum disease and tooth decay are avoided. It is very important to clean teeth after breakfast and immediately before going to bed, this helps to keep the teeth and gum healthier.
- Washing hands; washing hands with soap and clean water should be one of our habits because it helps to stop the spread of germs. This includes; washing hands with soap before preparing and/or eating food. During normal daily activities, such as working and playing, disease-causing germs may get onto the hands and under the nails. If the germs are not washed off before preparing food or eating, they may get onto the food. And washing hands with soap after visiting the toilets this is to wash off the germs from your hands.
- Caring for your clothes; this means you changing into clean clothes, dirty clothes should always be washed with laundry soap before wearing them again. Also always hang clothes in the sun to dry. This is because the sun’s rays will kill some disease-causing germs and parasites.
- Covering the nose or mouth when sneezing or coughing; turn away from other people and cover your nose and mouth with a tissue or the hand when coughing or sneezing. This is because droplets of liquid containing germs from the nose and mouth will be spread in the air and other people can breathe them in, or the droplets can get onto food.
- Care of the hair; always wash your hair with soap or shampoo at least once a week. It prevents dandruff and other bacterial infections.