Did you know there’s a “right way” to wash your hands?

Posted on April 27, 2010


Washing your hands is one of the easiest ways to prevent the spread of illness and infection. You should always wash your hands after coughing, sneezing, or blowing your nose. You should also always wash your hands after preparing food, after touching uncooked food, and before eating. Here is some information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) about how to wash your hands the correct way.

Washing your hands with soap and water:

  1. Wet your hands with clean running water, and add soap.
  2. Rub your hands together, forming a lather. Make sure to cover all surfaces.
  3. Rub your hands together for about 15-20 seconds (as long as it takes you to sing “Happy Birthday” twice).
  4. Rinse the soap off your hands.
  5. Dry your hands with a paper towel or air dryer.
  6. Use a paper towel to turn the faucet off.

Washing your hands with an alcohol based hand sanitizer:

  1. Apply hand sanitizer to one palm.
  2. Rub your hands together, making sure to cover all surfaces of your hands until they are dry.