How to Wash

How To Wash

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GermsHandwashing is the single most important action to stop spreading infection and disease.

How To Wash Your Hands Properly

  • Use soap and warm, running water.
  • Rub your hands vigorously for 20 seconds
  • Wash all surfaces, including:
    • backs of hands
    • wrists
    • between fingers
    • tips of fingers
    • under fingernails
    • Rinse your hands well
  • Dry your hands with a paper towel.

When Should You Wash Your Hands?

You should always wash your hands after:

  • Going to the toilet (or changing diapers)
  • Coughing/sneezing or using a tissue
  • Handling raw meat and poultry
  • Touching lacerations/cuts, sores or infected areas on the skin
  • Handling or playing with pets
  • Touching dirty kitchen equipment, utensils, dishes or work surfaces
  • Smoking, eating or drinking and before handling foods
  • When hands become visibly soiled

You should always wash your hands before:

  • Touching or handling ready-to-eat foods, such as breads, deli meats, cheese, fruits and vegetables, etc.
  • You eat

The best way to prevent disease is to wash your hands


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