What is the correct way to wash your hands?
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend the following steps for handwashing:
- Wet your hands with clean running water and apply soap. Use warm water if it is available.
- Rub hands together to make a lather and scrub all surfaces, including under the fingernails.
- Continue rubbing hands for 20 seconds. Need a timer? Imagine singing “Happy Birthday” twice through.
- Rinse hands well under running water.
- Dry your hands using a disposable paper towel or a hand dryer.
- Use your disposable paper towel, if possible, to turn off the faucet.
- Apply product to the palm of one hand
- Rub hands together
- Rub the product over all surfaces of hands and fingers until hands are dry.
You should wash your hands often! It is especially important to wash your hands:
- Before, during, and after you prepare food
- Before you eat
- After you use the bathroom
- After handling animals or animal waste
- When your hands are dirty
- More frequently when someone in your home is sick
The power of hand washing should not be underestimated! The few minutes you spend washing your hands each day can save you trips to the doctor.