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Chance of getting ill depends on a lot of different factors including season and polluted surroundings among others. One needs to take appropriate steps in order to prevent the disease causing bacteria and viruses. The very first and probably the most important step that you should take to protect yourselves from getting ill, is washing your hands. It is really simple and do not require much effort. It is applicable not only for the kids but adults as well and takes care of food safety and hygiene.

Most of the time, we are unaware of the unhygienic actions that we take germs are transfer because of the same resulting in illness. If you have weak immune systems, chances of your falling sick increases.

Hand washing with soap and water before making food will kill the germs that cause numerous diseases such as

  • Common cold
  • Hepatitis A
  • Stomach infections from bacteria such as campylobacter, salmonella and norovirus

Hand washing is vital to ensure food safely, which helps in stopping harmful bacteria from spreading and growing. You must wash your hands, while preparing or handling raw food for avoiding harmful germs.


The question that generally comes to most minds is how often one needs to wash hands while cooking. Read on to find the answer.


In kitchen you should wash your hands

  • Before starting to prepare food
  • Before touching raw food
  • After touching raw food such as meat, poultry and vegetables
  • After touching the bin
  • You must wash your hands when they become soiled particularly after carrying poultry or raw meat. Do not dry your hand with the same cloth, which you used for drying the clean dishes and the kitchen counter


You should wash your hands after every unhygienic activity such as

  • Using the bathroom
  • Handling raw foods such as poultry, fruits, meats and vegetables
  • Changing a baby’s diaper
  • Sneezing and coughing
  • After touching pets

This would ensure that even if you miss out on washing hand before cooking, chances are that they would still be clean as you washed them some time ago.