Handwashing is easy to do and it is one of the best ways to prevent the spread of infections and illness.

Quick Facts on Handwashing

  • Germs are passed from one person’s hands to another.
  • Handwashing is the best way to reduce spread of disease.
  • Wash hands often when using food or caring for people. 

When should you wash your hands?

  • Wash your hands
  • before eating
  • before. during, and after handling food
  • after using the toilet
  • after changing a diaper
  • after handling raw meat
  • after playing with pets
  • after wiping noses, coughing or sneezing
  • before and after caring for someone who is sick
  • before and after treating a cut or wound
  • after smoking
  • before and after fiving medicine
  • after touching garbage

What is the best way to wash your hands?

  1. Remove all rings.
  2. Wet hands in warm running water.
  3. Use soap and rub hands together to make a lather.
  4. Scrub all surfaces of hands including backs of hands, wrists, between fingers and under fingernails for at least 20 seconds.
  5. Rinse hands in warm water.
  6. Dry hands with a clean towel.
  7. Turn off water with towel.

Use of alcohol-based hand sanitizers

  • Washing with soap and water is the best way to reduce the number of germs on our hands.
  • If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
  • Hand sanitizers will NOT be as effective when hands are visibly dirty
  • Apply a dime-sized amount of sanitizer to the palm of one hand.
  • Rub your hands together spreading the product over all surfaces of your hands and fingers until your hands feel dry.

For more information contact your Doctor / Nurse Practitioner or Call Public Health at 306-765-6500