You’ve got to wash before you prepare your dinner.
A common practice that some people take for granted.
But it could be an unnecessary one.
A study by the British Food and Drug Administration (Bfda) and the Royal College of Nursing found that washing hands after eating food, especially those that come in contact with other food or water can cause gastrointestinal upset and can be a potential cause of food poisoning.
And it’s not just you.
A survey of more than 5,000 adults from 15 countries revealed that up to a quarter of the people surveyed had washed their hands after cooking, and that one in three had washed them after cleaning up.
It’s a trend that has been linked to gastroenteritis (inflammation of the intestines) and diarrhoea.
“It is clear that washing is a common practice,” Dr Paul Knaus, chief executive of the British Dietetic Association (BDA), told The Independent.
“If people are not washing, it can cause significant distress and possibly worsen the situation.”
But Dr Knauss said it was “important to understand that people’s behaviours change and may change over time.”
Some people may not be aware of the need for washing, and it may not always be a simple wash, and there is no evidence that washing with water has a significant effect on the development of food-related diarrhoeas.
“The BDA has launched an education campaign to highlight the importance of washing hands.”
People can learn about the risks of washing with soap and water, which include the risk of diarrhoee.
“Dr Knauses said the BDA would continue to work with the public to encourage people to wash their hands, even when it was not essential.”
If you need to, but are not comfortable doing so, the BDI will provide a free hand washing kit for people who are unable to wash.
“What are some common washing and cleaning tasks?”
For washing dishes and utensils, simply wash them and put them in the dishwasher.
If you want to wash a pot, use a hot water dispenser to do it.””
For preparing food, put it in the fridge.
Use a non-stick cooking pad to wipe off the top of the dish and the bottom of the pot.””
If there is a problem with your dishwasher, use the dish soap to scrub the dish of any food residue.
“What about eating raw food?”
If a food is cooked and then eaten, you can rinse it off with a washcloth.
“But you should not soak food in hot water as this can damage the flavour of the food.”
“In some countries it is normal to rinse your food with a dishwashing liquid, such as a vinegar-based hand sanitiser, so as to remove the residue of any bacteria that may be in the food.”
But if you don’t, it could cause food poisoning, and could even cause you to gain weight.
“You should wash your hand after eating raw, cooked or frozen food to avoid the risk.”
If you’re concerned about how your hands may react to cleaning, wash your fingers.
“Washing your hands after washing your hands is a natural reaction.
It takes a little time for your skin to get used to this.”
To make sure you don,t have any allergic reaction to soap, use soap in a cold, gentle way that doesn’t irritate your skin.
“If it’s raining, use an umbrella or rain jacket.
If you’ve been exposed to chemicals while working, you may be at risk.
If washing your face after work is an issue, avoid washing your hair with soap or water.”
Washing hair in the shower or using a damp towel or towel-cloth may be effective at getting the hair wet, but these solutions are not a good solution for getting your hair wet again after washing.
“What you can do to help:Get help from a qualified medical practitioner or occupational therapistIf you suspect you may have a food allergy, get advice from a trained dietitian.”
There are a number of different types of allergy, so it is important to discuss with your GP what type of allergy you have and what you need in order to make the most of your time.””
Also, it is helpful to know how to identify food allergens in foods, so that you don’t have to rely on guesswork or be tempted to use the wrong food.
“The BFA recommends people avoid using soap or detergent that contains detergent.
It also advises people to avoid using dishwashing liquids, such for hair, and hand sanitizers.”
These solutions are used to remove any food-allergen residues, but they can irritate the skin and cause problems with your skin.
“They can also cause irritation to the lining of your mouth, so make sure to keep the dishwashing solution away from