Regular hand washing particularly before and after some activities like using the toilet or having food or handling a child is one of the best ways of removing germs. Hand washing is a set of actions like wetting your hands, lather with soap, scrub, rinse and dry. Antiseptic soap is preferable. Germs from hand spreading to the mouth or nose can lead to many respiratory diseases and diarrheal diseases. These two diseases are responsible for a large percentage of common disease and death in this country.
Hand washing is a simple act, but requires a huge behavioral change in an individual and should be inculcated from child hood. Most washing places should have antiseptic soaps and clean dry towels or tissues accessible so that those who have the habit are not impeded by their absence.
It is most important to wash hands after using the toilet as toilets are streaming with harmful bacteria however visibly clean they appear to be.
It is also important that when one is travelling in public transports or waiting in public places, one should make use of the first opportunity to sterilize their hands. It is useful to carry hand sanitizers (small bottles with evaporable liquid) available in most pharmacies when one is travelling. Many people carry germs on their hands and while sitting on a chair transfer these bacteria to arm rest, door handles, taps etc. These germs are easily picked without being aware, and transferred through mouth or nose. This precaution is of utmost importance when there is an influenza epidemic.