Following the guidelines given by health professionals in the time of the Coronavirus, we will be washing our hands thoroughly for twenty seconds, every twenty minutes. We’re currently singing the chorus to Beyonce’s Love On Top – in case you were wondering. If you’re in any doubt of the best technique, the NHS has a guide to how to correctly wash our hands, here: https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/healthy-body/best-way-to-wash-your-hands/
Simply put, when it comes to hand care the humble soap is amazing. It contains fat-like compounds called amphiphiles, similar to the lipids found in virus membranes. When soap comes into contact with these fatty substances, it binds with them and causes them to disconnect from the virus. It also forces the virus to disengage from the skin.