How Hand Washing protects your Family

hand washing protects your family

Our hands touch more surfaces in the course of the day than the rest of the body combined, but does hand washing protect your family? We take a deeper look at how the simple act of hand washing with soap and water is so important, and how it can protect you and your family from a variety of illness-causing germs.


Good hand hygiene is a must if you have a baby or infant at home. With their young immune systems, babies are especially vulnerable to illness. Always wash your hands with soap and water before picking up your baby, and insist on other family members and visitors on doing the same. This will keep your baby protected from harmful germs. You can also stay protected on the go with Dettol Instant Hand Sanitiser. It helps you sanitise your hands in a jiffy, especially when you are away from soap and water.

How can you be certain about when to wash your hands with a baby to care for? These three situations are important:

  • Before picking up your baby
  • Before feeding the baby
  • Before and after changing the baby’s diaper


Young children are also vulnerable to many illnesses because their bodies are still building resistance to many diseases such as diarrhoea and flu. These illnesses spread rapidly among children that are in close contact with other children, such as in nursery, playgroup or school, by touching contaminated surfaces. But washing the hands regularly with Dettol Original Liquid Hand Wash, and water has been known to bring down the rate of sickness quite significantly. Your children can learn from your good example if you instil good hand hygiene in them from a young age.

Teach your children to wash their hands:

  • Before their meals (at home and at school)
  • After playing out of doors
  • After using the restroom
  • When they return from school

Mum & Dad

Mothers and fathers are the heads of the family and the primary caregivers, so they must have clean hands for themselves and the young children they look after. Parents juggle many roles at home – keeping the house clean, looking after the children and cooking for the family. All these tasks entail having clean hands. It is best to wash the hands as frequently as possible with soap and water, so that unwanted germs are not spread around.

Parents should wash their hands:

  • Before cooking
  • After handling raw food items
  • After emptying the garbage or cleaning the kitchen
  • When and after caring for unwell children

Correct Hand Washing Techniques

Ensure your hands are clean and free of germs with our simple 8 step hand washing guide

  1. Wet hands under clean running water
  2. Take a small amount of Dettol soap on your hands
  3. Rub the palms together
  4. Rub and after caring for unwell children
  5. Rub your fingers and thumbs, and the skin in between the fingers
  6. Rub your nails over your palms
  7. Rub the back of each hand
  8. Rinse the soap in running water
  9. Dry your hands with a clean paper towel

Simply washing your hands with Dettol soap and water can protect you and your loved ones from getting ill.