Hand Washing 101

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The CDC states that handwashing is one of the best ways to prevent the spread of germs and protect yourself and your family from getting sick.

Clean your hands:

  • after touching objects or surfaces frequently touched by other people (door handles, tables, gas pumps, shopping carts, payment touch screens), using the toilet, touching animals, handling pet food or treats, touching garbage, blowing nose, coughing or sneezing.
  • before and after preparing food, caring for someone who is sick, treating a cut or wound.
  • before eating food, or touching your eyes, nose or mouth.

Hand Washing 101 Video

Proper Hand Washing Technique

The CDC recommends following these 5 steps every time you wash your hands:

  1. Wet your hands with clean, running water (warm or cold), turn off the tap, and apply soap.
  2. Lather your hands by rubbing them together with the soap. Lather the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails.
  3. Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds. Need a timer? Hum the “Happy Birthday” song from beginning to end twice.
  4. Rinse your hands well under clean, running water.
  5. Dry your hands using a clean towel or air dry them.

Don't Touch That!

To prevent contaminating your clean hands, avoid touching dirty surfaces as you exit the bathroom. Use your elbow or paper towel to shut off the faucet, open the bathroom door and shut off the bathroom lights.