Washing your hands is one of the easiest and most effective things you can do for your health. When you wash your hands regularly before and after certain activities, you reduce your risk of getting sick and prevent the spread of germs to other people, too. It’s a quick and simple way to help keep everyone around you healthy.
Today is World Hand Hygiene Day and a perfect time for a handwashing refresher. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there are five steps for success: Wet, lather, scrub, rinse and dry. Here’s how to do it:
- Wet your hands with clean water (warm or cold), turn off the faucet and apply soap.
- Lather your hands by rubbing them together with the soap. Be sure to lather the backs of your hands, between your fingers and under your nails.
- Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds. Need a timer? Sing “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” from beginning to end or recite the ABCs in your head.
- Rinse your hands well under clean, running water.
- Dry your hands using a clean towel or air dry them, and use a paper towel to turn off the faucet, and then throw it away.
Make sure to wash your hands:
- Before Also wash them before, during and after preparing food.
- After using the bathroom.
- After coughing, sneezing, blowing your nose or caring for someone who is ill.
- After taking out the trash.
- After petting animals.
- When visiting someone who is sick.
- Whenever your hands look or feel dirty.