Hand Washing Steps

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1

Rub your hands together for at least 20 seconds using warm running water and soap.

2

Wash under fingernails, between fingers, back of hands and wrists.

3

Rinse your hands well under warm running water.

4

Dry your hands completely. In the home, change hand washing towels often.

 In Public Bathrooms

  • Dry your hands with a single-use paper towel (or with hot air blow dryer).
  • If towel dispenser has a handle, be sure to roll the paper down before you wash your hands. This helps to ensure that you will not pick up new germs from the handle.
  • For hand-held faucets, turn off water using a paper towel instead of bare hands so you will not pick up new germs on your clean hands.
  • Open the bathroom door with the same paper towel.

 Always Practice Healthy Habits

  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when sneezing or coughing, or cough/sneeze into your upper sleeve. Immediately throw away used tissues, then wash hands.
  • Teach and show children how to wash hands correctly.

 When to Wash Hands

​Wash Hands After:

  • Coughing, sneezing, or touching objects and surfaces. You can also use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol
  • Using the bathroom or helping a child use the bathroom
  • Changing a diaper; wash the child’s hands too
  • Handling items soiled with body fluids or wastes such as blood, drool, urine, stool, or discharge from nose or eyes
  • Arriving home from day care, friend’s home, outing, or school
  • Cleaning up messes
  • Handling a sick child
  • Touching an animal or pet

Wash hands before:

  • Preparing or serving food
  • Eating or drinking